State Show and Convvention 2020! After much discussion and with great regret, the Board of Governors have voted to cancel State Show and Convention. The financial impact on CGA as an organization is immense due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This decision is to preserve what we can of the organization’s finances to give CGA the best chance at surviving this crisis.
With the ongoing SIP order for the state of California there have not been any shows and no revenue coming into the organization. The current SIP order is in effect until May 4th, and possibly to be extended beyond that. We know that State is not until mid to late July, but considerable expenses would need to be spent now to be prepared for a show of that magnitude. We are hoping that districts will be able to hosts large shows in place of State for the month of July.
As all of you know State and the income generated from it, pays for Convention. We cannot have Convention without the income from State. Without a definitive date when the SIP may be lifted, the BOG needs to do what we can to preserve the funds currently in the organization’s account.
Even without shows, the organization still has monthly overhead expenses that need to be met. We are working on solutions to minimize those expenses, to preserve those funds, so that when the SIP is lifted and our nation is healthy again, we want CGA to be able to continue for our members.
At this time, we have not moved to cancel the Classics. The Classics do not have any expenses to be met unless those shows are held. We will leave those shows on the calendar and revisit them if we need to closer to that time.
We are hopeful that the nation will recover, and get back to normal.
We are aware that this crisis has impacted many of our members and their families, causing financial strains and difficulties. We are hopeful that our members will come through this difficult time, and we have considered them in our decision to cancel State and Convention.
State is the time our CGA members come together as families and spend vacation time together, it would not be fair to have a State that was not able to be attended by our members due to the financial burden being faced by so many. There are those that have had to use their PTO, used savings and pulled money from their 401k, just to make ends meet during this uncertain time. We know that the Covid-19 crisis, will make it impossible for all of our members to participate if there were to be State this year. We are hopeful that we will be able to participate again soon in local district shows.
This decision was one that for all of us comes as a heartbreaking reality to have to cancel something that has been in our CGA family as tradition, for decades.
We look forward to the happy memories our future events will create for all of us.
Most importantly, we hope all of you and your families are practicing social distancing and are remaining healthy and safe.
CGA Board of Governors