Over the past two weeks, all of our lives have changed in ways that are almost incomprehensible. We are beginning to see the effects of this pandemic in our daily lives, in our economy and in the health of our community members. I pray that you are all healthy and that the biggest shock at present is the need to “process” new information. It is what every single one of us is doing: trying to process our situation, our new normal. This takes time and it takes psychological energy, so please be patient with yourself and expect a wide range of emotions. Please also be patient with your friends and loved ones, especially those with whom you will be spending a lot of time in the coming weeks. After a week of trying to program a full-time schedule for a 5 and an 8-year-old, I am convinced that teachers deserve to make seven-figure salaries!
Also, please put thought and prayer into the situations some of our very close LSA and Chamber family are experiencing. The all-stars that run our hospitality, amusement, arts, and restaurant industries are facing decisions that were unimaginable just a few short weeks ago. Our first responders and medical professionals are laboring around the clock to SAVE OUR LIVES; often arriving home to self-quarantine away from their spouses and children.
Let’s live by those words and support local small businesses. When given the choice, choose local. When asked for help, help – whenever, however, and as much as you can.
Please stay healthy, indoors, safe and smiling. We will all FIESTA come November!
Juan Esteban Cano
Chair, Leadership San Antonio Alumni Association
Dear LSA Family,
We hope you and your families are remaining healthy and safe. During these past two months our great city has taken many necessary measures to ensure that our community stays safe and slows the spread of COVID-19. Social distancing measures that help to mitigate the risk of spreading the virus has greatly impacted our businesses, our schools, our families. We are all finding new ways to stay engaged, stay productive, and stay connected while supporting and rallying behind many of our LSA family who are struggling in our hotel, restaurant, tourism and travel industries, small business and non-profit sectors, as well as many others who have been professionally and personally affected.
With that said, the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce have agreed to continue LSA 45 (aka LSA 2020) into 2021, modifying our current class days using creative shortened virtual programs, challenging each other to serve the community and buy local, and to focus on the way ahead into next year. During these unprecedented times, our priorities are to ensure our businesses and families are safe and supported. We are challenged to improve ways that LSA can directly impact our neighbors and our community. In January 2021, we will reconnect to carry on the traditional mission of the program through full LSA class days – to educate and inform class members in the vital areas affecting San Antonio, as well as to encourage Chamber Business involvement and Community advocacy.
We find the COVID-19 challenges as a unique opportunity to leave a Legacy through Service and Action for our current class.
We look forward to seeing what LSA 45 can accomplish and we stand with you! We thank you for your continued commitment, leadership, and support to our great city!
We are all in this together!
Cristina J. Bazaldúa and Brian Hurtak
LSA 45 Co-Chairs