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2020 Conference Update - Refunds

A Letter from the Executive Director
April 20, 2020

As you know we had to cancel the 2020 conference in Albuquerque due to the Covid-19 pandemic.For the GCLS this is historic. In our 16 years of hosting conferences this is the first one that has had to be canceled. Registrations were at an all time high in anticipation of the fun, food and fellowship in Albuquerque. 
As promised, below are several registration refund options for those of you who have paid in full or paid through our payment plan. 
Option 1: Full Refund
Full refund for those who paid in full.
Payment plan registrants will receive full refund of what has been paid to date.
Option 2: Roll Registration Forward
For fully paid registrants you may roll over the registration to the 2021 conference in Orlando.
For payment plan registrants, you can continue to pay and the monies will be rolled over to your 2021 registration.
You will have until May 15, 2021 to cancel and receive a full refund if you find you are unable to attend.
Option 3: Donation of Registration Fees
Registration fees may be donated to one or more of our funds. Click here for a list of funds.If you are unsure which fund to donate to, we prefer the General Fund to allow the organization the most flexibility. Registrations for 2020 will be canceled.
Select the option you prefer and send that information in an email to Sandy Thornton, Treasurer,  at sandy.thornton@goldencrown.org. Please include your current mailing address in case she needs to send a physical check.  Also include the name you want on the check.

Hotel Albuquerque has already canceled all the reservations and notified those of you who had reservations. 
We will take care of the reservations at the Rio Grande/Best Western for those who reserved there.
GCLS does suffer a financial loss with canceling the conference. The auctions raise money for scholarships and the general fund, and our daily giveaways and raffles helped offset conference costs. Thus, if you have the means to donate all or some of your registration to GCLS, it would be much appreciated, but not expected.
There will be more information coming about our virtual conference options, author readings and panels.
All the best,
Mary Phillips

2020 Albuquerque Conference Canceled

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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