District Conference 2020 at Kalahari Resorts & Conferences in Sandusky, Ohio Is Canceled!

Dear Rotarians

This is a very difficult email for us to write.

This morning, in consultation with District Governor John Chambers and members of the District Conference 2020 committee, we made the decision to cancel the upcoming conference, which was scheduled for May 15-17 at Kalahari Resorts & Conferences in Sandusky, Ohio.

Although the conference was still two months away, the rapid pace of government-mandated “social distancing” related to the global pandemic COVID-19, coupled with some critical deadlines we were facing with Kalahari forced us into this unfortunate circumstance. In addition, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today announced a ban on mass gatherings of 100 or more people. It includes auditoriums, stadiums, arenas, large conference rooms, meeting halls, cafeterias, parades, fairs and festivals. The ban has no time-frame on when it will end, and both DeWine and the Ohio Dept. of Health Director Amy Acton said they expect the virus to peak “from late April to mid-May.”  Obviously, this includes our conference.

As many of you know, the annual conference is the celebration of the year, and is something very special for both the Rotarians in the district and the Governor. The committee is investigating locations and venues to have a special celebration later this summer or early fall. With all of the disruptions we are facing right now in our daily lives, businesses and routines, we would ask that you allow us 30 days to develop our new plan and then consider converting your conference registration and payment to the rescheduled conference.

We would also like to note that our representatives at Kalahari were extremely sensitive to our situation and bent over backwards to make this process much easier than it could have been. We are thankful for their consideration in what is a very trying time for many businesses, especially those in the hospitality industry.

We thank you for your understanding. We will be back in touch with you shortly.

Yours in Rotary Service,

Sue & Bruce Goldsen

District Conference Chairs