The 56th Biennial National Convention. August 7‑14, 2021.
The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed the way in which we live our lives, and how we conduct Alliance activities in our local chapters and communities. As expected, 2021 brings forward the uncertainties of 2020 regarding the development of COVID-19, the evolution of its variants, the accessibility of vaccines, the different vaccine administration timelines and government regulations.
Mindful of our responsibility to our members, family, friends, communities and supporters, we have taken the decision to change the in-person national convention, previously slated to take place in Portland, Oregon, to a wholly online and digital-based convention using Zoom Video Conferencing.
We have not made this decision lightly and we thank the Portland Lodge organizers and membership for their interest and enthusiasm in hosting the convention. Although the look and feel of the convention will be vastly different, we are optimistic about the possibilities offered by an online format, including the prospect of reaching an even larger audience.
The convention will span a period of one week, with the opening plenary/business session scheduled for August 7 and the closing plenary/business session scheduled for August 14, 2021. Throughout the week, the national convention team will organize and offer a diverse collection of online programs, educational sessions and guest speakers. Highlights of the convention will include celebrating Portland Lodge’s Centennial Anniversary and the observance of the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the national headquarters building.
The program and schedule will be released in early July. In the meantime, get registered today as free online registration is now open. Delegates are encouraged to register by June 30, 2021.
Stay tuned for more exciting details in the coming months.