The GTO Association America has decided to cancel the 2020 GTOAA International Meet in Wichita, Kansas, hosted by the GR-RRR 8’R Wichita GTO and Pontiac Club.
“The Wichita Chapter has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic situation and evaluating its options,” said GTOAA President Vic Schreck. “We’ve had discussions with the chapter’s Convention Chairmen and assured them that the GTOAA will support any decision they make regarding the direction of the 2020 convention. After weighing all of the options, the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, the safety of our members and their families and the large financial risk at stake for the chapter, it is with a heavy heart that I announce that the 2020 GTOAA International Meet is canceled. Furthermore, with the complexities involved to renegotiate new contracts and the schedules of our membership for later in the year, it’s just not feasible to reschedule the convention in the fall or winter months. The risks of proceeding with a convention easily outweigh the necessity to hold one. The GR-RRR 8’R Wichita GTO and Pontiac Club have worked tirelessly the past three years preparing for this event. Thus, this decision did not come easy.”
All who have preregistered for the 2020 meet will receive automatic refunds within the next 30 days. For those who made reservations at the Hyatt Regency or the overflow hotels, the GTOAA recommends contacting those hotels as soon as possible and cancelling reservations.
“As of today, the City of Wichita is in a shelter in place mandate until April 23, 2020, and local schools have closed for the remainder of the academic year,” Shreck said. “There is no telling when this crisis will ease up. Projections from the CDC are that this could linger into July/August. Our 2020 meet was just 12 weeks out. I hope our members can understand the difficult situation our Wichita chapter is in, and the decision that was made. Please be safe and follow the guidelines from the CDC dealing with this pandemic. We look forward to seeing everyone next year in Wisconsin.”