Good afternoon and happy April!
I am sure many of you are having the same weird weather I am having in Edina today, which is a mix of snow, rain, sunshine, howling winds and sleet. Spring time it’s always such a wildcard.
I know that many of you are currently at home as you wait for updates from your company / job. To say this is a challenging time is an understatement. I think by now, and after the last few weeks, we realize how much we enjoy being busy and the people that we get to work with. It’s so hard to not be at events, planning events, and seeing all of you through that process.
This really has been a challenging time to be the President of an educational networking association that focuses, and thrives, through in person connections. I’m so thankful for our entire board of directors who are taking my phone calls, making time to connect via Zoom and continue to be leaders from their living rooms. I want to take a moment here to say thank you and recognize how much I appreciate that NACE brought us together. We are such a wild, diverse group and I am 100% here for it.
We’ve made really tough decisions in the last month with the best interest of all of you at the center of our discussions. As you know, we have chosen to postpone our annual education event, as well as some of our other upcoming in person event dates. I wanted to take time today in this newsletter to update you with what we know currently and what we are planning on moving forward with.
First things first. April. Our annual education conference has been moved from this month to the first Monday of November. The date for that is Monday, November 2, 2020. Same agenda. Same speakers. Same theme. Same amazing group of industry experts. See you there. We are going to transfer your registration for you automatically so you do not need to worry about adjusting anything for November if that date works for you. However, if you need to change your registration by canceling please reach out to myself by responding to this email, and we will get that handled for you as soon as possible. We look forward to seeing all of you in November. Having this large meeting later in the year means it also coincides with the bi-annual chapter elections. We encourage members to attend this event if possible as this will be your chance to vote for the next year‘s board of directors. Exciting times are to come later this year, and we cannot wait to celebrate so many successes with all of you.
*** For those of you who were planning to study for the CPCE exam and partake in the fast track day, that too is shifting to November. We will continue to update all of you with details as we get closer.
That brings us to the month of May. As updates come from the state, and the Governor works to keep us all informed, we don’t feel comfortable moving forward with an in person meeting for May. We do have exciting news though! One of our wonderful speakers from our education conference, Rachel Sheerin, who is still set to join us in person in November, is going to speak to us virtually for our monthly meeting. Details are going out soon. This will be a complementary session provided by the Twin Cities NACE chapter for all of you. Please look for information coming out for May 6th for how you can connect with all of us for Rachel’s insight on surviving this challenging time in the industry.
In full disclosure, we are planning to move forward with a virtual topic for June as well. Updates on that coming soon. We are planning to move forward with our annual boat cruise. We feel it necessary to celebrate the summer, and we are hoping to celebrate the return of the industry as well in July. Details will come out on the date time and dock location for this soon.
As a final note, I know that many of us don’t know what the coming months look like for our careers. I want to make it very clear that our chapter is here to continue to provide education, networking and a place of community regardless of your membership status. So many of you have supported our events each month, sponsored beautiful nights of education for us and have been the people we turn to anytime we have a question. I also want to let you know that we see you. We see the catering companies helping to provide meals for those in need. We see the rental companies that are helping restaurants create curbside pickup spots with your outdoor tents so they can stay afloat. We see those of you who are helping get supplies to those in need. We see the photographers taking photos of families from their front steps to remember this time in our lives. We see you and we’re so proud.
We are focused and committed to being a resource for you however we can. Please call or email or Facebook message or send a carrier pigeon if there’s anything that we can do for you. We miss all of you. We can’t wait to see you. We hope you’re all well.
Twin Cities NACE Chapter President
Here’s a great version of a Quarantini that can be made with common at-home drink ingredients.
- 1½ to 2 ounces of a not-necessarily-sweet base spirit, like vodka or gin — or another of your choice
- ¾ ounce of citrus (such as lemon or lime juice), whose vitamin C is great for immunity
- ½ to ¾ ounce of simple syrup to sweeten things up. (Simple syrup, as its name suggests, is simple to make. Just boil equal parts sugar and water until they liquefy together.)
Then shake the drink with a bit of ice — if you don’t have a shaker, you can grab two pint glasses and join their rims — before straining it into a cocktail glass.