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The one good thing going for the event, is that South Dakota has no closed. If we can figure a way to self distance, it may make it. I just hate to see all the work, time and money to be lost. Fingers crossed, really want to make this trip.
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I suspect that any event held this summer is going to be poorly attended. The need to "social distance", the problems of attending bars and restaurants that will not yet have solutions, and peoples' need to get their lives back to normal are each going to eliminate some people. The most practicable response is to put all of the work and investment on hold and delay the event for a year.
 

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Nobody wanted this event to proceed more than I. Although I suspect many would be on equal footing in that respect. I realize that for the gathering to take place en masse would be next to impossible to happen this year. Since I already have time off from work and have hyped myself up to going, should the possibility of cross state travel exist, I will be going up there anyway.I talked to Wayne (or was it Wade?) at the hotel and he offered to remove my reservations from the block and allow the same pricing. I know many hotels would be grateful for the guests. It will not be as much fun without the group but it will be a welcome departure from what I/we have now.
 

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Good Evening:

I just tuned in to the Rapid City Council meeting. They have voted to allow some businesses including restaurants and bars to open beginning shortly with restrictions. For example, restaurants will be limited to ½ capacity, and they’ll try to keep tables six feet apart. I won’t go into further details, suffice it to say that the council is interested is seeing if the community can cautiously go back to work while keeping sickness in check. As one council member noted, they are not throwing the doors open. Currently Rapid City has no one hospitalized due to COVID-19, clearly, they would like to keep it that way.
We’ll continue to monitor the situation in South Dakota including businesses along the routes we’ve planned for the runs. There are some challenges, for example, Wall Drug is currently closed as it the visitors center in the Badlands. We may have to reroute runs in some fashion to make sure we have places for breaks along the way. Some of the restaurants where we’d planned to stop may only be takeout if they elect to open by June at all. If some of the existing restrictions still apply in June, we’ll end up making the runs ad hoc. We won’t have enough run captains for groups of five or six cars, so we may ask you to print maps before leaving home.
We spoke to the hotel today and they could not be more helpful. There was another group scheduled in the hotel at the same time as we’re there, but they have cancelled. Right now, the hotel of 267 rooms has about 10 rooms reserved per night. We’ve begun to explore ways that we would be able to meet restrictions for groups gathering including making the banquet into an outdoor barbeque. They’ve offered to allow us a much larger room for check in and silent auction which would allow us to keep our distance from ourselves. 😊
My point is that if we can gather it won’t be exactly what we had planned. We’re just interested in managing expectations for those of you who choose to join us. We’d hoped to make a decision on or about May 1st, but things are changing quickly around the country so we’ve planned another meeting with the hotel on May 15th to see where we are at that time. The hotel has agreed to help us keep the door open as long as possible which is about June 7th. If we can come, they would love to have us. I’m sure you can imagine that they care about their own health and well-being that we do not wish to jeopardize, but if things continue to look good, they will welcome our business. There is a Camaro gathering in Sturgis while we’re there, maybe we’ll see a few of those cars running around as well, they have yet to cancel their event.
We have had a couple of cancellations from folks who have concerns about their own age and health, we urge all of you to keep your own situation in mind. There is no problem for you to cancel, just let us know.
And let me also add, if we have waivered at all about the possibility of postponing the event it is simply because it is hard to judge what is going on around the nation. I think Washington state has the harshest restrictions in the country, consequently, distancing ourselves (no pun intended) from the cautionary sensibility of our governor has been challenging. There is some likelihood that our stay at home restrictions will be extended to June 1st shortly. So, if my posts have caused anyone confusion you have my sincerest apologies.
Best regards, Rick and Karen
 

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Thanks for your diligence in organizing the event! Hope you'll still be able to hold it, if in a somewhat reduced way, and that all goes well. I'd like to attend one myself one day, but still need to work for a few more years...
 

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Rick and Karen,

Again thank you for all the work and dedication you guys have shown over the past year. Unfortunately it appears that my other half will not be able to attend this year. She is a CNO for a small hospital in Southern California. They have cancelled all vacations at this time. But if you have the event, I will make it back to thank you guys personally.

But I am sure all of us understand the situation and wish you nothing but luck on this.
 

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I wasn't able to make the CO mainly for the same reason I couldn't make NY. I want to make this one quite badly. Lexington was my first, and I kick myself for not making CO, but I am planning to make SD just to show some support to the people who've worked so hard for so long. I will probably only be able to stay for 3 of the days, but the idea of going is exciting. Is there a possibility that '21 might be in SD - if it gets postponed/cancelled in '20? There'd be less need to "start from scratch" unless that isn't correct.
 

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I wasn't able to make the CO mainly for the same reason I couldn't make NY. I want to make this one quite badly. Lexington was my first, and I kick myself for not making CO, but I am planning to make SD just to show some support to the people who've worked so hard for so long. I will probably only be able to stay for 3 of the days, but the idea of going is exciting. Is there a possibility that '21 might be in SD - if it gets postponed/cancelled in '20? There'd be less need to "start from scratch" unless that isn't correct.
The 2021 event is planned to occur in Bellaire, Michigan. We're considering moving Rapid City to 2022. We continue to evaluate our options. In the middle of May we'll be checking with the hotel, the tourism folks and the city of Rapid City itself to make our next decision. We are hanging on as long as we can. Some folks are cancelling due to their own health concerns, we are also taking into consideration that some folks are going on vacation in Rapid City whether there is a NASSAM or not. So, tune in in about two weeks for more.
 

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Folks in Las Vegas are ready to get things back to normal. A radio talk show host in Nevada organized a "protest caravan" last week to drive up & down the Vegas Strip. They gathered in a vacant shopping mall parking lot ahead of time. A thousand cars showed up. Good luck NASSAM 2020!

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Good Morning: Just checking in. We had five cancellations this week which we'll process this weekend. Your refund will come back to you however you paid (by PayPal or credit card). Our total cancellations currently stand at 19 with 103 registrations remaining. Just a reminder that we're trying to hold on to having a gathering of some kind and will be checking back with folks in Rapid City on May 15th. We'll let you know where we are at that point.
 

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Hello Friends:

NASSAM 2020 is postponed.

With regret we have come to the conclusion that we will not be gathering in Rapid City for NASSAM 2020. Karen and I along with the Operating Committee have taken many things into consideration including vendor availability, travel restrictions (both interstate and across the Canadian border), the existing conditions in South Dakota and, of course, the health and well-being of us all. Additionally, we have already had almost one-fifth of the reservations cancelled.

Perhaps the most important consideration other than health is the simple idea that NASSAM is a social event, given current restrictions in South Dakota (groups of less than ten in particular and limited restaurant capacity) there would be little opportunity for socializing, and impossible to have 150 people gather for traditional Meet and Greet or banquet activities. We would like you to understand that we did not make this decision lightly.

We are considering moving this event to a later year, and will be making announcements about future events in Michigan at next year’s NASSAM 2021.
Each individual registration will be receiving an email from us pertaining refunds. You must cancel hotel room reservations yourself. Please keep an eye out for an email in the next couple of weeks, and we ask your patience with us during this process of postponement. It may take us a little time to get through this.
If you have questions please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected].

Rick and Karen
 

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Disappointing but understandable. I know that was a tough decision to make.
 

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Hey, if anyone is still planning on going please let me know. There are maybe 6-12 folks who have said they were still going and may wish to tag up. Thanks!
 

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Lol, that sounds about right. haha

So less of the yearly event and more of a small meetup now it seems?
As John said "yes" the official event has been postponed until 2022.

And you're correct in that some of us are going for various reasons. For me it's a pain in the differential to change vacation at my work (and I was really stoked to go in the first place). We have a Facebook page but it was unclear if I was allowed to advertise it here but if you search "Still going to rapid city solstice sky group" you will probably find it.
 

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Hello:

Karen and I have processed all of the refunds for the NASSAM 2020 event having made our best guess at what folks were requesting (not all communication was entirely clear so we did our best). Please note for some folks that the refunds it could take 7 to 10 days for processing through PayPal and credit cards. Also, keep in mind that we never heard back from some folks, so in those cases we simply refunded all of the registration less fees.

For those of you who made it clear that you wanted to have posters, coins and patches shipped please be patient, it will likely be August before we get to shipping. We simply applied a $7.50 shipping fee to everything, but we are not charging you for the memorabilia itself. Because so many of you had graciously donated to the charity, we’ve elected to cover the cost for those items. We'd like to thank Steve and Darlene Hilkin for their contributions towards the posters, Karen and I are donating the cost for coins and patches.

As so many of you were generous with your contributions to the charity, we'd like you to know that Karen and I elected not to recover any of our other costs in planning the event. Additionally, because we are postponing to 2022 our vendor DDM is not incurring any cost that will be unrecoverable. We're working out the pennies, but with your help we should be donating about $8,500 to Make a Wish. Thank you so much for your participation in supporting the event and with any luck at all we’ll see you in Rapid City in 2022.

Best regards,

Rick and Karen
 

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Hello All: Just a final thought before we basically close down this thread. We'd like to thank everyone on the planning committee for their help in planning of the event. With any luck at all we'll be gathering in two years in Rapid City. As for now we turn our attention to NASSAM 2021 in Bellaire, Michigan. Keep an eye out for that news here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/407800586760081
 
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