Dear CCRA Members,
It is with sincere disappointment that I have to announce that the CCRA Board has voted to cancel the 2018 CCRA Annual Meeting scheduled to take place in November in Bakersfield.
We sent out a survey last month to gauge the interest in attending this meeting, and although there were still members who were interested, there wasn't enough interest to host the meeting and still remain solvent. For anyone who has organized an educational event, you already know how difficult it is to put these meetings together. For those of you that have not, please keep in mind that it is an immense amount of work and it is quite expensive. Over the years the CCRA Board has done its best to keep membership and meeting registration fees low, while still attempting to provide member benefits to the best of our abilities. This is still our goal. We cannot knowingly organize a meeting in which we know we will take a significant financial loss.
We will support our members this year by contributing to the educational programs in each of our four CCRA Regions as well as contributing to the Regional Meeting sponsored by Providence in Burbank. Please be on the lookout in the near future for another survey from CCRA as we attempt to ascertain the value of our organization and what we can do to best serve our membership.
I would like to thank the entire Board for their hard work and taking the time to weigh all of the options to make this difficult decision. These are all voluntary positions, and each person on the Board has taken time out of their busy schedules to serve CCRA. An especially big thank you to Earlena Perea-Bopp and Ann Hildebrand, who did a lot of work trying to put this meeting together and keep it going. Their efforts show their dedication to CCRA and to their colleagues.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me or any of the Board members. Also, if you have any ideas on how to make CCRA the best it can be, please consider volunteering or running for a Board position. The more input we have from our colleagues and members, the better the organization will be.
Kelli K. Olsen, MS, CTR