By Aaron Ensminger
The Executive Committee of Sertoma’s National Board met last night to discuss COVID-19 as it relates to Sertoma’s upcoming National Convention.
After discussion, we will be following guidance of local, state, and national authorities. At this time, neither the Kansas City area nor the state of Missouri has advised against gatherings of the size of our convention. We expect attendance to be under 150, which is well below every governmental agency’s threshold for guidance on canceling. As that guidance changes, however, we will surely look at postponing or canceling this event. In the absence of that guidance, we want to let you know of the actions we are taking:
- First and most importantly, as a member organization, our members’ safety and comfort are our highest priority. With that in mind, any member may choose to cancel at any point before the start of convention with no penalty from Sertoma. (Please check with hotels and airlines for their own policies).
- Next, we will ensure the Kauffman Center is effectively sanitizing nightly, as well as taking our own extra measures as staff.
- We will also do our best to provide extra supplies for attendees who wish to sanitize their own areas.
- We will also advise a “no touching” policy at convention—as hard as it is to avoid hugging your friends from across the country, please don’t do this at this time!
In the case of club or local events, our advice is the same: follow the guidance of local, state and national official statements in considering whether to go ahead with events or meetings. If you need to talk it through, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me!
We appreciate our members, and we will continue to monitor the situation and communicate any changes to our direction as soon as they come about.
Thank you for all you do for Sertoma!