Please read the below statement from
NAVA President, Peter Ansoff.
Dear fellow NAVA members,
Our meeting in St. Augustine, Florida is postponed until June 2021. The governor of Florida has just issued a 30-day stay-at-home order. The host venue, Flagler College, has already cancelled all on-campus events through the end of May, and is holding all “Summer A” semester classes virtually. Flagler staff have informed us that they would make a decision about hosting our event not later than 15 April. Given the continuing uncertainties about the spread of the novel coronavirus, the NAVA executive board decided to postpone the meeting now rather than waiting for Flagler’s decision, which would probably have been negative. As I mentioned in the last Semaphore, we wanted to decide this as soon as possible to make it easier for you to cancel travel arrangements.
The good news is that our planning for the St. Augustine meeting will not be wasted. Flagler College has already offered to roll our deposit over to 2021, and we should be able to keep most of our arrangements in place. The organizing committee, co-chaired by Vern Leon and Amber Atteberry, is already working on this—special thanks to them for their commitment and flexibility. We will process refunds for those who have already registered for NAVA 54 in St. Augustine and re-start registration in 2021.
Meanwhile, we are exploring the concept of holding a 2020 NAVA meeting virtually in Cyberspace. If you have expertise in virtual meetings and would like to help with this effort, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. If this idea comes to fruition, we’ll count the Cyberspace meeting as NAVA 54, and next year’s meeting on St. Augustine as NAVA 55. Stay tuned!
(posted 4 April 2020 at https://nava.org/nava-54-and-covid-19/)