The Connecticut Maritime Association is a non-profit organization which was built by its members, for its members, and as such is one of kind.
Unlike many similar organizations which are supported largely by corporate membership, the CMA’s voting membership is comprised only of individuals. From bunker brokers and tug-boat operators to lawyers and underwriters, to ship owners, brokers and managers, shippers and merchants of all kinds of cargo, each CMA member has an equal and separate vote.
The CMA was created to build a community of shipping people, and remains a conduit for the exchange of information and a source of camaraderie and fellowship that is unique and vital to the shipping community. In 2014, the CMA celebrated its thirtieth anniversary. It prospers with over 1,500 members representing nearly 500 companies and organizations.
President’s Notes – December 2020
I think I speak for everyone in saying that I cannot wait until 2020 is well in the rearview mirror. Simply put, what a disaster. The impact is wide ranging and long lasting and does not need to be rehashed here. While we are likely not over the full effects of the second wave of the virus, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Several effective vaccines being approved and tested now give us hope that life will return to a close semblance of normal in the future.
While not to dwell too much on the negative I am happy to report some good news. Keeping up with the tradition of a free holiday party, the CMA is proud to host a Virtual “Afternoon at the Races” for all members on Tuesday, December 15 between 3 and 4 PM. Spots are limited to the first 80 that registered, be sure to sign up soon. I know its not the same, but we hope you can join.
Normally this time of year we reflect on the past year and look for things to be grateful for. Personally, I appreciate the CMA board, which needs to be recognized for all the hard work and effort that went into putting on a CMA tradeshow this year and keeping the CMA running. Volunteering for this board has required a far greater amount of effort than anyone could have imagined, and all our board members made running the CMA easier. I also am greatly appreciative for the participation of the Commodores, current and past that added to the success of the CMA tradeshow.
A special shout of thanks to all who are keeping up their membership even though gathering in person to network and socialize, a key mission of the CMA, was not possible for most of the year. Your dues will keep us going. For those of you that have not paid dues this year (or in recent years – don’t worry we forgive you!) there is plenty of time to do so. The membership portal is now updated to make it easier than ever to join or renew.
Finally, Happy Holidays and stay safe everyone. I would like to see you all next year.
Chris Aversano, CMA President.
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