The OLC Board of Directors held a special meeting to discuss the 2020 OLC Convention and Expo scheduled for Oct. 28-30 in Columbus. After careful consideration, the Board voted to cancel the Convention and Expo for this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, possible travel restrictions and the budgetary constraints of our members. We know this may seem early, but the Board chose to be proactive to avoid additional costs. They arrived at this difficult decision after consulting with speakers, vendors, exhibitors, and gathering information from the Greater Columbus Convention Center and Hilton Hotel.
The Board concluded that, even if the health crisis is resolved, it is likely that attending the Convention would be difficult for a good portion of our membership. We are sad to miss the community networking, sharing of knowledge, and camaraderie that the Convention offers every year. We were especially looking forward to celebrating OLC’s 125th Anniversary. Nevertheless, we will do our best to create other professional development opportunities until we are able to meet in person again.
Preparing for the Convention involves the time, talent, and creativity of many volunteers (all of their names are listed on the OLC website). We’re incredibly grateful for their countless hours of hard work and disappointed not to be able to hold the event as planned.
Though we can’t convene in person this year, the OLC will continue to provide you with the resources you need to face the challenges brought about by COVID-19. We recognize canceling the Convention impacts many of you and your education needs. Look for more information on new and different OLC educational opportunities throughout the remainder of 2020.