As we previously alerted, the 2020 NOHVCC Annual Conference has been postponed and will be held in Knoxville, Tennessee in 2021. NOHVCC has always relied on its Annual Conference to facilitate the election of its Board of Directors. The Annual Conference provides a forum for NOHVCC State Partners to connect with one another, make nominations, discuss issues with the nominees, and vote in person (with Partners from the same state convening to cast a single vote for their state). With this year being the first (and hopefully last) to lack an Annual Conference the NOHVCC Board of Directors voted to postpone Board elections until NOHVCC Directors, Partners and staff can meet in person once again.
After much deliberation, the Directors decided that consistent leadership would benefit NOHVCC as the organization navigates the many complexities facing all organizations during the continued COVID-19 pandemic. Further, the Directors decided a cumbersome virtual election could be difficult to oversee. Finally, the Directors were concerned that while everyone faces an uncertain future it makes sense to avoid adding additional responsibilities to State Partners, some of whom may be dealing with serious hardships resulting from the pandemic.
NOHVCC Chairman of the Board of Directors, Dan Kleen, said “Postponing the elections was not an easy decision. All the Directors recognize that we represent the State Partners, and each of us take our obligation to ensure a positive future for NOHVCC and OHV recreation seriously. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed so much about the way we all go about our day-to-day lives. So, as we all face uncertainty, the Directors made the decision to leave the current Board of Directors in place until we can all meet again in person.”
Until such time as we can safely hold an in-person Annual Conference, NOHVCC will continue to keep you apprised of all things OHV related through our communications, website and webinars. We also want to assure you that NOHVCC continues efforts to “create a positive future for OHV recreation” as we all wait for the pandemic to end. Stay safe.