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I'm sad to announce that our reunion this year is canceled. We had been hoping this pandemic would have abated more by now and that we could have taken enough precautions to hold the event safely, but now feel we can't. We had already canceled the special events we had planned, but even social distancing effectively at the hotel may be a problem.
In addition, over the last couple of weeks, more outbreaks of COVID-19 have happened and the city of Chicago has placed several states on a quarantine list meaning anyone coming to Chicago would have to quarantine for 14 days before being allowed out in public. This adds to the need to make changes.
Our reunion was actually planned in Rosemont at the airport and outside the city limits of Chicago, but that area could easily be brought under the same restrictions by the State of Illinois. Nobody has a clue whether that will happen including the hotel. After much discussion between myself and the Reunion committee, and they with the hotel, we reluctantly decided it was the better part of valor to cancel.
We also think it is the right thing to do since many of our members are in the older and more high risk category. We certainly don't want to be responsible for anything bad to happen to any of you.
Our plan now is to simply slide this year's plan to next year and move on. The next reunion will take place at the same hotel at Rosemont, Illinois, the weekend of 10-12 September 2021. Mark your calendars. We may have a mini-meeting there in the spring. Those plans are TBD.
For those on the board of directors, we will plan to conduct our business virtually. I will be setting up some kind of virtual meeting online for all those who can attend. More on that later.
I know some of you have made flight reservations and this is a big inconvenience to have to deal with all that. Please accept my humble apologies. Hopefully, the airlines will refund or let you reschedule those flights.
All hotel reservations and event registrations will (again) be canceled and our website updated with new information. If you have questions, please reply to this email and I'll try my best to answer them.
Semper Fi, stay safe!