The District 9820 Board has resolved that the Conference scheduled for Bendigo 20-22 March 2020 be cancelled due to the unacceptable risks posed by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
By taking this decision the District Board was very much influenced by our Rotary responsibility to protect attendee’s health and welfare in an environment we were not confident we could control. Adding to this was our age demographic which firmly places us in the group at most risk of serious infection.
This is an unprecedented and unfortunate situation. I would like to recognise the amazing effort put in by PDG Tim Moore and his Conference Committee from the Rotary Club of Berwick. Two years of work lost just one week short of the finish line. We’re all gutted, but we are still confident that this will be the best conference you never attended!
Unfortunately, an event cancellation like this is not without costs. We will now begin the process of negotiating with suppliers in order to minimise those costs to in turn maximise refunds. Retained earnings from earlier conferences will also be part of the mix. This may take several weeks but as soon as we can, we will commence refunds. What you can be sure of is that we’ll be looking for the best possible results for all.