Thursday, March 18, 2020
As our understanding of the COVID-19 situation
continues to develop and local, state, and federal decision-makers adjust their
requirements in the face of changing conditions, the NHPPA Board met last
evening to discuss plans for our upcoming events.
APRIL MONTHLY MEETING – The Board was notified by the Derryfield that due to the current restrictions in place limiting their service to take-out only, they have had to cancel our event scheduled for Wednesday, April 1. The Board is working with our speaker, Eric McAllister from MagMod, to get the program rescheduled. We will keep you updated as we learn more. All current online registrations will be canceled and monies refunded.
ANNUAL CONFERENCE – After much discussion and with much regret, the Board has decided to cancel our Annual Conference scheduled for April 24-27 at the Margate in Laconia. As the current situation with COVID-19 remains fluid and with more and more businesses and organizations canceling all in-person events for the next 6 weeks, the Board felt it was in the best interest of the membership as well as our speakers who would need to travel to get out ahead of this situation. Unfortunately, the Margate did not have any other dates available this year that would work to reschedule. Again, all current online registrations will be canceled and monies refunded. For our members who have already booked a room for Conference at the Margate, you can call the Reservations Department at 603-524-5210 or 1-800-MARGATE or contact them by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Between now and April 23, members calling to cancel their room reservation will receive a full refund.
IMAGE COMPETITION – Although the physical conference has been canceled, the Board is working on a plan to still hold our image competition. The image competition committee is in contact with PrintCompetition.com as well as all our judges to determine an alternate plan. Again, we will keep you posted as these arrangements unfold. During these turbulent times, we have seen many people posting their beautiful artwork on social media for all to enjoy. Take advantage of the time you have available, get inspired, and work on some great images that we can all come together (albeit virtually) and enjoy!
There are many questions to be answered, and we will continue to organize and communicate in the days ahead. It is our great hope that in the coming weeks much of the uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic will be resolved; safe and reasonable ways to come together will be possible, and we will move forward with the rest of our plans for the upcoming months. So, caution and confidence are the order of these days as we move ahead.
If anyone has any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me at email@example.com. These are indeed difficult times, but we are all here for one another!
Tanya Hervey, A.C.Ph.