The board would like to offer the following update on the conference:
The conference committee met yesterday (April 25), submitted a proposal to the board, which was approved this afternoon, April 26.
The OKRID 2020 Conference has officially been postponed. We will not be meeting June 25-27, since we cannot be certain that attendees and presenters will be safe given the COVID-19 pandemic. While restrictions are being lifted slowly, they are to be adjusted on a touch and go basis that doesn’t allow us to plan with enough certainty to continue.
After meeting with the hotel, we were offered options on altering our contract. We have decided to move the conference to January 15-17, 2021. The conference will now run from Friday to Sunday, rather than the original plan of Thursday to Saturday. We realize that’s not ideal, but are limited as to dates that are available.
If you have registered for the conference, you can either request a refund of all monies paid, or you can let us know that you’d prefer to simply transfer the registration to the new dates. We just today contacted presenters to offer them the new dates. We are excited about the slate of presenters we had scheduled, and are hopeful they are available to come in January. However, it is possible that changes to the schedule will have to be made as they let us know their availability. We will update that information as soon as we can.
Given that the new conference dates fall in 2021, we must now host an alternate date for the annual meeting required in our bylaws. The date for the annual meeting will be Saturday, October 3rd. We are looking at locations in Tulsa and OKC, and will update the location soon. The plan for the day will be to offer a workshop in the morning, the annual meeting over lunch, and then a follow up workshop that afternoon. The planned topic of the morning workshop will be giving and receiving feedback, with the follow up workshop that afternoon offering opportunities for networking between seasoned and novice interpreters as well as pairing interested mentors with mentees. We are excited to be able still offer an opportunity for socializing, CEUs, and establishing a footing for mentorship, although in a different time and place that originally planned.
We are also hopeful to be able to reschedule the Mental Health First Aid workshop that was also cancelled due to the pandemic. As that is able to be scheduled, we will let you know. Thank you for your commitment and to our profession and patience with us as we navigate through uncharted waters.
On behalf of the OKRID Board, please stay safe and be well, until we can all be together again!
Mark the following dates on your calendar:
OEITI – moved online, June 1-5, 2020 (contact Traci Prince)
OKRID Annual Meeting and workshops: Oct 3 (location TBA)
OKRID Conference 2021 – January 15-17, Sheraton hotel, OKC
OAD Conference 2021 – summer TBA
For information on refunds, or any conference questions, contact: email@example.com, or D’Andra Parsons at firstname.lastname@example.org.