March 11, 2020

All,

In light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Ohio, the Midwest, and the United States – the SER Midwest-Great Lakes Chapter Board of Directors has decided to cancel the 2020 Annual Meeting at Acacia Reservation that is scheduled for March 26 to March 29, 2020 .

This was not a decision we made lightly and it is one made out of concern for the welfare of our meeting attendees. The current coronavirus situation is a serious public health issue with a large amount of uncertainty and public gatherings are being discouraged by state officials from Ohio and at the federal level.

The chapter has been notified by a number of meeting presenters and participants that the meeting would experience a number of presentation cancellations across our planned concluding plenary session, symposia, workshops, and contributed oral presentation sessions in part due to recently implemented travel restrictions and/or individual health concerns.

Effective immediately, the Annual Meeting Committee will begin discussions with Cleveland Metroparks to explore the potential for rescheduling the meeting or parts of the meeting. Additionally, we also will begin developing a strategy for issuing refunds to those who have already registered. We will keep you posted on those details as we proceed.

Thank you for your support of the SER Midwest-Great Lakes Chapter. Please contact me (smiley.54@osu.edu) if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Rocky Smiley
At-Large Representative/Annual Meeting Chair
SER Midwest-Great Lakes Chapter