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REMINDER: The MMA 2020 Annual Meeting is CANCELLED
Dear members and friends,
The MMA Board of Directors has twice had to make the difficult decision to /move cancel the Annual Meeting. The meeting was originally scheduled for our traditional May time slot and in March, as the COVID-19 situation was worsening, we opted to move the meeting to August 25-26, 2020. As we entered Montana’s glorious summer months, we understood that by Order of the Butte Silver Bow Health Department that the meeting would likely be unable to proceed. Still, we held out hope that perhaps summer would lessen the COVID-19 transmission and case load. Instead of improving, we began to see the number of cases increase and saw additional Directives from the state, banishing our hopes of having a 2020 meeting.
We understand this is a major loss for MMA and our industry. We are losing our chance to make the networking contacts and business deals that are done each year. We’re going to miss seeing our extended MMA family and catching up. We’ll miss the chance to put our industry on display. And MMAs budget will take a hit – the Annual Meeting contributes to the Association’s operating revenues each year. Please know that we did not come to this decision easily. The decision was made out of an abundance of caution and with respect to our values as an industry that holds health and safety as our highest priority. Health mandates continue to advise against gathering in large numbers, and even after exploring all distancing and sanitizing options, our members and participants are simply too precious to be put at risk.
In addition, current local mandates that restrict gatherings make many aspects of our meeting simply impossible.
We hope you will agree that cancelling our gathering is the right and prudent decision.
Moving forward, the MMA will brainstorm what, if any, aspects of the cmeeting can be held virtually. We understand that those types of meetings are generally unfavorable and will not hold any unless they bring value to our members and supporters, and the Association. Please stay tuned as we solidify our plans.
Thank you for your understanding, and please exercise care and caution in the days ahead to take the best of care for your families, friends, and colleagues. We so look forward to gathering one again in 2021!!