The Board of Trustees has given me the green light to start this Blog as a way to communicate to you all. I will be sending a more formal letter to the membership soon. But this is a way to get some thoughts out quickly.
First, the death of Shirley Basfield Dunlap so suddenly last month was a huge shock to us all and we mourn her deeply. Shirley was an outstanding member of NTC and a great colleague on the board. Because we have much business to do, the Trustees acted quickly to bring in a new member to the board, as is provided in our By Laws when there is a vacancy. We elected Benny Sato Ambush to fill Shirley's term. Benny was a unanimous choice whose past board experience will be a great asset as we move forward.
The Trustees had our "annual retreat" last weekend. I put that in quotes because we had planned to travel to Kansas City, but instead, due the pandemic, we held a virtual meeting. Randy and Jean came to us from San Diego, James from LA, Benny was in San Francisco, Michael was in Arizona, Nicole in Kansas City, Paul in St. Louis, Erica down in South Carolina, Chuck and Jeni in New Hampshire, and our Assistant Katie and I were in different parts of Brooklyn. A well-spread out group!
Chief among the business conducted, was our beginning to plan the 2020 Virtual Conference. Our poll to the membership showed an overwhelming preference for having the 2020 Conference done over the internet, so here we go! Much news on this will be forthcoming. But for now, SAVE THESE DATES: Friday December 4, Saturday December 5, and Sunday December 6.