Dear FAPPO Members
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT:
The health and safety of our members, VIP guests, and exhibitors is FAPPO's top priority. We are also keenly aware that everyone has many urgent obligations to fulfill for their organizations, families and communities that require their full attention.
The FAPPO Board of Directors (BOD) has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic for the past several weeks. With the latest news and advice from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and various government authorities on the COVID-19 pandemic, the BOD has come to the decision that, considering all of the facts and options available to us, continuing with the FAPPO 2020 Conference at the Rosen May 17-20 is no longer viable, given the current and anticipated travel restrictions and CDC recommendations. For the latest information from the CDC, we encourage you to regularly visit the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html.
In light of the situation, the deadline for cancellation of Conference and Trade Show registrations without penalty for attendees and exhibitors has been lifted and FAPPO will begin processing refunds within the next few days. At this time, no action is required on your part. However, please be patient as this may take a couple of weeks to complete all of the necessary transactions. Note that registered attendees, VIP guests, and exhibitors will be solely responsible for cancelling any travel and hotel arrangements they have made and recommend that you do so within the next couple of days. Unfortunately, because of the Conference cancellation, all FAPPO Bucks and Member Participation Credits (MPCs) earned by FAPPO members this fiscal year will no longer be valid and cannot be carried forward to next year's Conference.
The Officers are aware that there are a number of details and activities connected with the Conference that will need to be addressed for our members over the next few weeks, but are confident we can come to a workable solution for each. We are also discussing other potential options to provide educational opportunities for our membership and will keep you apprised of any developments in either area.
The FAPPO Officers encourage our members to reach out to each other for assistance and support in these trying times and are confident that we will emerge on the other side of this situation stronger and more resilient than ever. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me or any of the FAPPO officers.
Theresa Webb, M.A., CPPO, CPPB, CPSM, C.P.M.