The Board fully understands the severity of the Covid-19 virus and I truly hope that you are all healthy and safe in your respective homes.
I am writing this to confirm that our April meeting at Shandon Court has been cancelled. With the official decree from the Government to close all restaurants for onsite dining along with the executive orders to maintain social distancing, our decision to cancel was made for us. Our originally scheduled speaker, Stan Enden has agreed to reschedule his presentation to our September 9th meeting.
However, not all is gloom and doom, we will be holding our first ever "Virtual TASC Meeting" on Tuesday, April 7th at 4:00pm. The date was chosen as to not interfere with the first night of Passover.
Lori Innamorata from Norwegian Cruise Lines has offered to moderate the meeting along with giving a short presentation. We will also be covering some of the usual TASC business and we will hold a question and answer period at the conclusion. For our suppliers who attend, you will have the option to speak to the membership.
We will also honor April birthdays for those in attendance and hold a raffle of gift cards at the end of the program. You must be in attendance to receive either.
You will be receiving a separate invitation to the event along with instructions on how to join the meeting. I hope you decide to join us. If this turns out to be successful, we may schedule other virtual meetings during our “shelter in place” directive.
At this time, the Board has not made any decisions as to future meetings. It seems each day something new arises regarding the virus and the Board feels the pain that each of you are going through. Having to spend more time cancelling trips than booking is no joy. I have gotten to a point that each time my telephone rings, I am expecting to hear about another cancellation.
When this fear of the virus passes, and it will, I am sure in short time we will all be back to making bookings and hopefully we can get our lives back together again. Just remember, we are all in this together.
I wish our members a Joyous Easter and a Happy Passover. I hope to see everyone soon.
Yours in travel,
Garrett P. Simulcik, Sr.