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An important update from your TBAALAS President
August 12, 2020
Dear TBAALAS Members,
I hope everyone is doing well during this difficult time. As essential workers, we continue to carry out our job duties and care for our animals even under the most challenging circumstances. I have spoken to many people in the industry and our TBAALAS organization who have been personally impacted by COVID-19 and my heart goes out to everyone who has fallen ill, or has lost a friend or loved one. I hope that as cases have started to go down gradually, we can start looking forward to better days ahead.
As everyone knows, many professional organizations have been faced with cancellation or delay of major conferences. Due to travel restrictions and budgetary cuts put in place by most of our institutions, an in-person meeting in February does not seem like it will be feasible.
The TBAALAS Board has voted, and our meeting scheduled in Sugar Land for February 2021, will be postponed until February 2022. This was not an easy decision, but to lessen the financial impact to our group, and allow for a successful meeting with good attendance, we believe this is the best option.
In addition, we have decided to also postpone elections for a year. The current board members are able and willing to serve another year, and we will be speaking with all of the committee chairs to see if they are able to do the same. This will allow for some continuity with the group, and give everything a chance to stabilize. We will continue finding ways to interact with the membership virtually, but feel that it is prudent to follow in the steps of many other professional organizations by making this decision.
I am disappointed to not be able to see everyone at the meeting, but know that this is the right decision. I appreciate everyone’s support and flexibility, and look forward to another great year! Please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns. Please stay safe, wear your mask, and wash your hands! J
Julie RollerTBAALAS President
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