On March 17, LRTA announced the Spring Meeting would be postponed to a later date. With the extended stay-at-home order and current spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), we have decided to cancel the 2020 LRTA Spring Meeting.
We understand that, while the Spring Meeting is an opportunity for many of our members to reconnect, the meeting tends to draw a large crowd (which is currently not recommended by the CDC and national and state leadership). LRTA State President Nancy Quigley and I made this decision to protect the health and safety of our members.
At the Spring Meeting, LRTA traditionally conducts business including approving operational measures and installing new officers. All necessary measures that will allow the office to continue operating (such as committee and Executive Board meetings) will now be done by phone or email. The Budget and Executive Committees will meet via phone conference. Once the Executive Committee completes its business, the Executive Board will review the motions of the meeting and send their responses by email. Once the Executive Committee and Executive Board approves the results of the election, we will send an announcement regarding the new officers.
While the state Spring Meeting is canceled, Spring District Meetings are still POSTPONED until further notice. Districts I – VI will have an opportunity to reschedule their Spring District Meetings after health restrictions are lifted. Districts may choose to wait and conduct delayed business at their Fall District Meetings. This decision will be made by the individual Districts, and we will communicate those decisions to the membership.
The LRTA staff is working remotely, and I am permitting essential visits to the office on a singular basis based on urgent business that can’t be conducted from home with a 72-hour waiting period between office entries.
This has been a very difficult and trying time. I want to thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we navigate this “new normal” and continue to operate during this health crisis. We hope that you are safe and healthy. We are thinking of and praying for those affected by this virus and working in the frontlines of this crisis.
Until we meet again, stay home and stay safe.
Rodney R. Watson
LRTA Executive Director