The Board of Directors held a ZOOM conference on June 2, 2020 and decided to suspend the 23rd Annual Reunion scheduled for August 31 - September 4, 2020 in Savannah, GA due to concerns generated by the Coronavirus Pandemic. Georgia is still under a "Shelter in Place" directive until June 12, 2020 and it is not know if it will be lifted or extended. This Directive applies to the 65+ population (which is most, if not all, of us) and those with compromised immune systems (and a lot of us fit into that category as well).
While the decision was made to cancel this Reunion it was also decided to keep Savannah on tap as the Reunion Site for 2021 since all of the ground work has been done and the Reunion venues are willing to update the already signed contracts. Dates for Reunion 2021 Will be August 30 - September 3, 2021. Updated information will be posted when available.
The Board of Directors also decided to move the 2021 Reunion scheduled to be held in Virginia to 2022. This presented no problems as only preliminary groundwork has been done to date. Dates for this reunion will be September 14 - 18, 2022. Information will be posted as it comes available.
Since 2020 was a scheduled election year the Board of Directors decided that all Officers would remain in place for another year and that 2021 would become the next election year and that future elections would then be held on odd numbered years. This did not require amending the By-Laws and did not appear to be in conflict with sections governing terms of office or authority of the Board of Directors to make this decision due to the extraordinary circumstances we find ourselves dealing with.
Refunds will be forthcoming to those members who have already registered for the 2020 Reunion. Members who made reservations at the Holiday Inn Express must cancel those reservations by calling 1-912-231-9000. When the new contract is issued you will be given the new reservation code with which to make your 2021 reservations.
A more complete update will be provided in the next issue of the Straphanger.
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