Cal-Neva AFS Members and 2020 Meeting Attendees:
We regret to inform you that the upcoming annual meeting, to be held March 15-17, 2020 in Folsom, CA, is canceled. This was a very difficult decision for the meeting planning and executive committees to make. Given the uncertainties associated with COVID-19 and restrictions on travel and meeting attendance, we felt it was in the best interest of meeting attendees, their families, and the public to cancel this gathering. Additionally, because several speakers and registrants are being restricted from participating, or have decided that it is in their own best interest not to attend, we feel the quality of the program is greatly compromised.
Cal-Neva Chapter will be issuing full refunds through Eventbrite for registration. Just a reminder, too, that if you booked a room at the Lake Natoma Inn to cancel your room reservation as soon as possible so that rooms can be rebooked. We would like to give a special shout-out to Lake Natoma Inn for their exceptional service and graciousness in not only accommodating the various hosting needs of our meeting, but also providing us with a very fair arrangement for canceling on very short notice. We look forward to working with the Inn on future engagements, and highly recommend them to those seeking accommodations when visiting the Sacramento region.
Another reminder – Do not forget to vote in the election for new Cal-Neva officers (President-Elect and Secretary), if you have not already done so. Current chapter members were sent an e-mail on February 15, 2020 with a code enabling them to vote by SurveyMonkey. Voting will continue through 3:00 PM, Monday, March 16, 2020. We will announce election results through a newsblast and on the Chapter website.
What is perhaps most disappointing about having to cancel this meeting is knowing that presenters have put great effort into preparing their oral and poster presentations. This work is obviously the chief reason for holding annual meetings and we wish to express our appreciation for your efforts and invite you to join us at the next annual meeting in 2021 to share and discuss your work, location and dates to be determined.
Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all involved in planning this meeting. Special thank you to Dave Lentz for leading the effort under extraordinary circumstances, with this, the “Reno Hangover Meeting,” coming off the heels of the joint AFS-TWS mega meeting held just last fall in Reno, Nevada. Dave led an exceptional team of planning committee volunteers to produce a great program. Many, many thanks to all involved for a job immensely well done, despite the cancellation.
Please stay tuned for announcements about future events and other chapter activities as we all navigate through current uncertainties. Most of all, take care, everyone.