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Seminar 2020 Cancellation Information

Dear ANG members:

 

It is with great sadness that I announce that our 2020 Seminar in Tucson, Arizona has been canceled. After much discussion with our Board of Directors, our management team, and the Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa, it was determined that this was the best course of action. With the limitations on large gatherings caused by the COVID-19 virus and the uncertainty of when those limitations will end, it would be irresponsible to go ahead with the event.

At this time the Board has a lot of work to do to cancel the event, and we appreciate your patience as we work through these issues. We do hope to provide some Seminar events virtually - more information on that will be provided in the near future.

I am so sorry that we won't be gathering in Tucson this August.  In the meantime, I encourage you to check out the many online programs that ANG has available to members, plus the Holed Up Minis (HUM) projects which are available to everyone.   

Sincerely,

Linda Rand

President, ANG

 

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Information on planned content for Seminar 2020 


Information about 2020 Seminar Cancellation

Reason for cancellation

Timing of cancellation

Refund process and timing

Exhibits 

Other events that were scheduled during Seminar

2020 Seminar Tote bags

Tucson chapter merchandise

Option for online Seminar classes

Canceling travel

Canceling hotel reservations

Possibility of rescheduling

2021 ANG events

Who to contact with more questions

Financial Impact to ANG

 

Why has the 2020 Seminar been canceled?

The ANG Board of Directors has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation in Tucson and across the country. Although we recognize that the desire to come together and stitch as a community is still here, the risk presented to our attendees is too high. With stitchers traveling from all over the country, some from locations where rates of infection are still high, and others who thankfully have it under control, the risk of spreading COVID-19 to at risk populations and their loved ones upon their return home was too great. [Return to top]

Why was the decision made before we know the status of travel and meetings for August?

Needless to say, this was a complicated decision.  While we all hope that the spread of coronavirus is controlled by August, it was necessary to make the decision well in advance, so that registrants, teachers, volunteer leaders, and potential registrants could adjust their plans accordingly. [Return to top]

Will I receive a refund?

All registrants will be refunded the full amount paid to date, via the original payment method. 

If you paid via credit card you will receive a refund directly to the card, if you made balance payment via check, you will receive that amount back via check. All refunds will be processed by June 15. If you have not received your refund by that date please contact ANG at seminar@needlepoint.org so we can address the matter. 

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What about the Exhibit?

The ANG Board of Directors and all those involved with planning Seminar are exploring alternative options. When information is available, it will be made public. [Return to top]

What about other social and shopping events planned for Seminar?

We are exploring all options for potentially providing online options for some events.  The online ANG auction, which traditionally is held over the Seminar dates, will take place and will likely be bigger and better than ever, with some of the in person auction items included this year.  Details to be announced as soon as they are available. [Return to top]

I purchased a 2020 Seminar bag with my registration; will I still receive it?

Anyone who purchased a bag as part of registration will be refunded as part of the registration refund process  ANG has an inventory of bags and they will be available for purchase in the coming weeks. [Return to top]

What is the status of the Tucson chapter merchandise?

The Tucson chapter will fill all orders received to date. Orders will be filled directly by the chapter.  No additional orders will be accepted at this time. [Return to top]

Will ANG be offering any Seminar classes online?

All options are currently being explored, the Board of Directors knows how disappointed our stitching community will be and are currently working out details on how best to be able to provide online or distance learning options.[Return to top]
 
What about flight and travel arrangements?

All attendees will need to cancel their own travel arrangements.[Return to top]
 

How do I cancel my hotel reservation(s)?

Everyone who made a hotel reservation must cancel their reservation.  The hotel is not able to cancel all room reservations in the ANG Seminar room block.  To cancel your reservation the hotel is directing you to their reservation line at 888 236 2427. [Return to top]
 

Will Seminar be rescheduled?

Unfortunately, there are so many moving parts to Seminar it is not able to be moved to a later date, and given the uncertainty surrounding the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision was made to cancel the in-person event. Discussions are taking place to bring Seminar back to Tucson for the 50th Anniversary in 2022. [Return to top]

Are the plans for ANG 2021 events affected?

Unfortunately, due to the timing, uncertainty, and health concerns of the Covid-19 Pandemic, ANG had to cancel both the 2020 Seminar and Encore!

However, we are looking forward to seeing you at our 2021 events!

  • Encore! - April 10-11, 2021 - Wesport Plaza Hotel, St. Louis, MO
  • Seminar - August 6-13 - Kansas City Marriott Downtown, Kansas City, MO

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If I have questions about the Seminar cancellation who do I contact?

Questions regarding Seminar and cancellation should be directed to seminar@needlepoint.org. Your email will be sent to the National Seminar Coordinator and ANG Meeting Planner. [Return to top]


While Seminar represents a tremendous investment of funds, resources, time, staff support, and volunteer contributions to make it work, ANG is fortunate that our finances are diversified enough so that we can continue operations despite this year's cancellation.  Since an event of this size and scope requires 12 months of planning, there are some financial expenditures that we cannot recoup, but ANG is still able to continue to provide our Needle Pointers magazine, online learning, website information for members.  

Having said that, ANG strives to continually provide excellent programs and education at reasonable costs. Your support makes this possible.  We appreciate our members. Please consider these ways to help ensure that ANG can continue to grow and fulfill our mission to teach, promote, and preserve the art of needlepoint:
  • Encourage your fellow stitchers to join ANG!  Dues are the primary source of income for ANG.  The more members we have, the greater our resources and opportunities.  Please share your experience with ANG and tell your friends to consider membership.
  • Sign up for one of the Distance Learning programs.  A new Workshop by Mail and Cyberworkshop were both introduced on May 1, and our Correspondence Courses offer up to 15 options for individual or group instruction!
  • Plan to participate in the online auction this August.  The online auction is accessible to everyone and will take place over the original Seminar dates in August.  Watch your email for more information.  Bid from the comfort of your home computer!   All profits go to ANG education and operations.
  • Donate to ANG.  Donations to "Friends of ANG' or the "ANG Memorial Fund"(to honor friends or loved ones who have passed), go directly to ANG programming. 
  • Tell your shops, members, and suppliers about the value of advertising in Needle Pointers.  Advertising in the magazine is a cost-effective way to reach 5000+ ANG members.  Please encourage them to consider this way to reach new customers!
 


 

 




 

 

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