FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 28, 2020 – As the time for the annual meeting is approaching the CACD board is faced with the difficult task of how to proceed during these uncertain times. After much discussion, weighing pros and cons of a modified in person event versus a virtual event versus no annual meeting this year, it was decided to move ahead with a virtual annual meeting with the very competent assistance of the Colorado State Conservation Board and NRCS. The health and safety of all the Conservation District attendees, NRCS employees, invited guests and other participants was paramount to our decision.
CACD has postponed our main youth programs. Envirothon and Camp Rocky have been rescheduled for some time in the future when it is once again safe for all participants to attend. It has simply become impossible to conduct business as usual. Respecting the public health department recommendations of social distancing and the practice of wearing face masks, limited numbers of persons in an area it would be difficult to manage the practice of our normal Annual Meeting.
We, however, are pleased to announce the new and exciting Virtual Annual Meeting aided by our partners CSCB and NRCS. These organizations have been participating in ZOOM meetings and conducting business very effectively for the last several months. We have been researching creative ways to utilize the Zoom platform to bring forth a great experience to our districts, partners, and affiliates. The initial dates for the week of November 14-19 are still in play, but we are also looking at the possibility of breaking it up over a one to three-week period in order to be more flexible and to make it a beneficial experience.
Your input is especially important to us. Below is a survey link regarding the annual meeting; asking a few questions on the programming and what you would like to see. This survey is for all districts, district supervisors, producers/stakeholders, watershed board members, local and state partners. Please help us by sharing and encouraging everyone to take the survey. The survey deadline date is August 10th.
We will miss everyone being together in person, but with the circumstances as they are, we feel we are doing the right thing and look forward to a high quality, enjoyable virtual program for all!
Bobbi Ketels, Executive Director, Colorado Association of Conservation Districts