A message from Cyndi McCabe, ALPCA President
It is with profound sadness that I must announce that after much deliberation and consultation the ALPCA Board of Directors has voted unanimously to cancel this year's international convention scheduled for Tulsa, Oklahoma, July 8-11, 2020 due to the COVID-19 global pandemic.
Please know that this decision was not made lightly - in our 66 year history, ALPCA has never cancelled a convention! The Board and staff have been monitoring the situation for weeks. We came to this difficult decision after pondering concerns related to the health and safety of our members, many of whom are considered at-risk for the virus, current and anticipated travel restrictions and quarantine mandates, both domestic and international, plus the overall discouragement (and possible restriction) of large gatherings, particularly those where social distancing cannot be easily maintained.
The Board shares your heartbreak - after all, we are first and foremost license plate collectors and ALPCAns! We know and share the anticipated joy of trading plates, as well as the important sense of family and community that we experience when we gather each year at our convention. But we must put aside our personal love for our hobby, and our desire to get together, to do what is best for our members, our families, and our communities, both near and far.
We understand that this is upsetting news, and we appreciate your understanding while the Board took the time to thoughtfully analyze the situation before making our decision. We thank you in advance for your patience as we work through the refund process for those who have pre-registered.
In addition, in anticipation of your questions, we have created a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the cancellation of the convention, which will be posted on the ALPCA website. If you do not find the answer to your question(s) on the website, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With sincere regrets,
Cyndi McCabe (#8000)