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A MESSAGE FROM THE DISTRICT PRESIDENT
South Carolina District Convention Goes Virtual
Your District Board made two important decisions last week. First: Our 2020 Convention will be virtual. Second: District will not bill SC clubs for Fiscal 4th Quarter (April-June) dues.
After waiting as long we thought practical, the Board agreed that Gov. McMaster was unlikely to open the state to large group gatherings (50+) by June, or in time to confirm convention plans and expenses. I checked with other districts and found many of them going virtual. Also, we received support from National, with guidelines on how to proceed.
I want to give you an outline of the convention, so that you can plan accordingly. In line with our announced schedule, the convention will be held on Saturday morning, June 6th, via Zoom. The agenda will be consolidated to a 4-hour time span, probably from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Some of the usual activities will be held, virtually, on another day. (If you do not have Zoom on your PC or laptop, Windows 10 and Apple computers should download Zoom automatically when you sign on. There are Apple and Android Zoom apps available for your smart phones.)
District is supporting our clubs by waiving 4th quarter dues. District Treasurer Stacey Fell suggested this move, noting that we would not have the major expenses of a convention and that the District was in solid financial shape. Furthermore, there is no registration fee for the convention. A registration form accompanies this message. Please fill it out and return it as directed by May 29th. You must be registered to join the convention.
Immediate Past National President Scot Warren will represent the National organization at our meeting. He has agreed to participate virtually. Scot will present National’s message and install our new district board.
Our tentative agenda includes an abbreviated district meeting and elections for the new District Officers and Board. We will be treated to National’s latest video, Join Exchange, and Scot’s presentation. Youth and Ace of the year awards will be presented. District awards also will be presented, followed by incoming President Gary Leonard’s outlook for 2020-2021. Past National President Elizabeth Grantham will bring us up to date on National Exchange Foundation activities and Scot will return to install the new Board.
We will provide new officer training on a date soon after. This is a most important undertaking, but it involves only a small number of convention attendees and therefore will not work well with Zoom. The Board will review the District Directors’ final reports separately, as they are important, but again not truly relevant to the group as a whole.
This is a new adventure for us and all of Exchange. I will be following up with more details as they are determined. Please look out for them.