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Letter From President - Rob Paradise

Dear LSLA Membership,

What Lies Ahead?
A popular phrase in today’s society is “that’s a game changer”. To say Covid-19 has been a game changer would be a drastic understatement. It has changed our society, our industry and the entire global landscape in a way none of us have experienced before. From closing places and people staying home, to cancelling major world events, to likely influencing results in November, to the loss of loved ones, the impacts of it are endless.

A lot of people wonder and ask, how long will it last? How long will the virus continue to spread? How long will the “shelter in place” and “essential business only” orders last? How long will the change in economy effect our industry? We won’t know the answer to the second one until we know the answer to the first one and of course we likely won’t know the answer to the third one until we know the answer to the second one.

Our Industry, along with many other industries, went from seemingly flowing along very nice to “someone turned off the faucet” as a colleague described it. Now when will it turn back around, will that be May, June, July…? And will it return to where it was? Unfortunately, I do not have a crystal ball and I don’t think anyone really knows the answers to these questions. It seems questions lead to more questions and in these unprecedented times everything is changing so quickly, often daily, we don’t know what to expect next.

I am hoping each and every one of us can get through this healthy and get together at a summer convention, LSLA or elsewhere. Hopefully being together will make everyone smile just a little more, the drinks taste a little sweeter and just gathering feel a little more special. Stay healthy and stay safe everyone, we will get through this as a society and as an industry.

Rob Paradise
Devereaux Sawmill
LSLA President
Letter from the President

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