Monday, March 23, 2020
2020 Annual National Institute Cancelled!
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we have continued to navigate the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic. Even now, the status continues to change, not only daily, but hourly some days, and there is no telling what the next few months will bring. Therefore, after much discussion, AAHAM leadership has decided to cancel the 2020 AAHAM ANI. We based this difficult decision on many factors, all of which we feel increase the uncertainty and improbability of holding our ANI in October. We feel cancellation is the only responsible choice as the safety and well-being of our members and attendees is our top priority.
AAHAM’s mission and our continued goal with the ANI, is to provide education and networking, and we feel these both would be severely reduced and impacted due to our current state. We are concerned with how to offer you and our corporate partner attendees a positive, fun and rewarding experience with the limitations that are being imposed. We also know that many organizations are not reimbursing for travel as well as that others have restricted travel entirely through the end of the year.
This will be only the second time in our history that we have had to cancel our ANI. Ironically, the only other time we had to cancel was back in 2005, due to Hurricane Katrina when it was to be held in New Orleans as well!
Our decision was also based on concerns we have received from our members and corporate partners as well as cancellations of other conferences through the end of the year. Because of these factors, AAHAM has determined it would be an unacceptable risk to hold the ANI this October. We will continue to look for additional and new educational and CEU opportunities in light of the cancellation.
As we have weathered other crises, we will get through this together, of that I am sure! Please stay safe and well.
All my best,
Lori Sickelbaugh, CRCE