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2020 Albuquerque Annual Conference Canceled

Sunday, April 19, 2020  
Posted by: Mary Phillips


A Letter from the Executive Director
April 17, 2020



Dear GCLS Family:
 
This is the hardest message I’ve ever written. It is with an extremely heavy heart that I tell you we are canceling the 16th Annual GCLS Conference in Albuquerque. Perhaps some of you could guess this would be the eventual outcome, but we were waiting and hoping, trying to be careful but not overreactive.

I have been monitoring the CDC and WHO websites daily, and the board has frequently been communicating. As more and more events were canceled throughout the summer, and the CDC urged organizers of large events to rethink their plans, we knew we couldn’t wait any longer. I speak for the entire board when I say we are brokenhearted, but we know this is the right decision for the health and safety of the attendees.
 
However, this isn’t the end of the message. In early March, the Board formed a Plan B committee, a group that would begin thinking about virtual alternatives. The committee had barely started when things started changing again. Now, the entire board will work toward virtual options and the Goldie Awards.

Specific directions regarding refunds will arrive in a separate email within the week. Then, be on the lookout in the coming weeks for the Goldie finalists, virtual opportunities for panels and the Author Spotlights, and of course, the Goldies. We will also have an FAQ page set up to answer general questions.

Finally, I want to thank everyone who helped plan the conference: the Board of Directors, Judy Comella, our Conference Director, the Scheduling Committee, all those who had offered to sponsor the conference, Mary Buchanan and Julia Goldsmith, our Awards Administrators, Mary Ann Bosworth and the Albuquerque ground crew, Radclyffe and Nicole Conn, our Keynote Speakers, and of course, all of you—our attendees.
 
Again, my heart is broken over this situation, but it is indeed the wisest choice. May you all be safe and healthy,

All the best,
Mary Phillips



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