Your IPBA Board is diligently working towards an “in person” traditional convention for our four-day spectacular event, April 29 – May 2, 2021. The Gurney’s Resort and Marina in Newport, RI is an incredible location to host our convention and we truly hope we will all gather together there next spring. We are planning a nautical theme and our logo is “Set Sail for Newport, RI.” If you have ever been to one of our conventions, you know that there is just no substitute to being there.
Our members health and safety are our number one concern. We are very aware that COVID may put a damper on our parade.
We are already in the process of adapting next year’s traditional convention to include a mixture of “virtual” and “in person” events (hybrid) via an “Event App.” Should the worse happen and we need to cancel we will be ready and able to turn our hybrid convention into a virtual event. Our Event App will allow those who cannot travel, including our international members, the opportunity to attend the convention remotely.
The IPBA Board of Directors will be looking to you, our members, to respond to our survey that will be in the December Enews about next year’s convention. We will make a decision in January 2021 on whether to have a hybrid or virtual convention. We need your input! You may also email me with any input or questions about next year’s convention.
Registration for our convention will be available February 2021 as we will then have a decision on how we will hold our 2021 Convention – “In Person and Virtual” (Hybrid) or “Virtual”
We hope that all of you will embrace this exciting new virtual frontier with us. It will be a blast.
Stay tuned for more on our hybrid convention in future updates.
Teri Wirth, IPBA Convention Chair