A MESSAGE FROM ASSOCIATED CALIFORNIA LOGGERS
PRESIDENT MIKE ALBRECHT
Greetings to Our ACL General Membership:
As your president, I wanted to write a short letter that accurately and thoroughly updates you on the status of the Associated California Loggers 2021 Annual Meeting.
I’ll begin with the most significant news. After several meetings with the Atlantis Reno staff, your ACL Annual Meeting Committee made the tough call to cancel our 2021 Annual Meeting. We’d like you to understand the key reasons for cancellation:
- The Reno Nevada area is experiencing a “spike” in COVID-19 cases.
- Per Nevada directives, the Atlantis has dropped maximum meeting sizes from a “pod” of 250 per room to only 50 persons per room.
- The Atlantis requires masks and distancing at all times. Tables would be set for a maximum of four people, and masks could only be removed when actively eating or drinking. Masks would be required to be put back on immediately if there was a pause between bites or sips of wine, with Atlantis staff monitoring the room for compliance.
- Masks would be required during all meetings and social events.
- Other events, such as the President’s Reception or a Ladies Event were not being encouraged due to the strict distancing and mask requirements.
- Each time upon entering the hotel, every person is screened, and if a high temperature is detected, is sent to security for further steps.
- The Atlantis staff made it clear they would try and accommodate a downsized meeting, but they also made it clear they were concerned about the safety of their staff. They pointed out to us that most of their larger groups had rescheduled for the late spring/early summer of 2021.
The ACL Annual Meeting Committee deliberated on all of this information and decided to reschedule our conference for January 2022 at the Atlantis in Reno.
Now I’ll answer some “frequently asked questions” . . .
- ACL is working to negotiate an agreement with the timber industry to honor our current ProLogger training cards for another year. This negotiation is going well.
- We will have our next ACL Board of Directors and RAF Committee meetings somewhere in California, likely in January. A committee of smart folks is working on this.
- Your ACL Auction Committee is planning a “virtual auction” that should be fun, while serving to provide funding for ACL’s programs. We will also move forward with the “Quad Fundraiser.”
- Eric is working closely with our sponsors to maintain their financial support for ACLs ongoing operations.
We will keep you updated in the weeks and months ahead as we work through the details!
I think that’s enough for now. I know all this ACL news comes on top of what are truly unprecedented times in our country. When times get their toughest, I often find it best to go “back to the basics.” Remember how we were always taught about our most basic needs: “food, clothing and shelter.” The ACL will work diligently in the years ahead, so no matter who is running our country and our agencies, to supply that “shelter” part. America will always want and need our products. We will always be there to answer the call.
There are no men and women more noble and honest than those in the Associated California Loggers. Stay hopeful, stay enthusiastic, keep encouraging each other and your crews. Never forget, “God is in control!”