It is with a heavy heart that after many long and difficult discussions a decision has been made to CANCEL the anticipated 2020 CHEA Mid-Term Conference that was to be held this coming November in Los Angeles.

            As you are aware, we take seriously our responsibilities to the members of our Association and their families. We want nothing more than to have the opportunity to see our friends in a safe and enjoyable environment, but unfortunately given the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in the Southern California and the resulting uncertainty as to what sort of event may be possible, if any, it was decided that the risks and anticipated limitations of having the event compelled the action being taken.

            This decision was made in consultation with and the concurrence of John Sutton, PDDGER and Chair of the Mid-Term Planning Committee, and our Past Association Presidents, and we thank them for their counsel and shared concern.

            We express our deep appreciation for the many efforts of John Sutton and his committee who worked for many months planning the event; we are very sorry that the fruits of their labors could not have been realized.

            Nevertheless, the work of our Association must go on, and the decision has also been made that a series of Zoom meetings will be scheduled for the Association’s various leadership bodies.  Anyone with any questions is encouraged to contact our Executive Director Tim Martin at the CHEA office. The Zoom meetings are tentatively being planned for the timeframe during which the conference was to be held, November 6-7, 2020, but further information will be forthcoming.

            This action is being taken for what is believed to be the best interests of the members of the California-Hawaii Elks Association, and your understanding will be appreciated.

            Best wishes, and stay safe.

            LOUIS J. “JIM” GRILLO, PGER                       ROBERT L. DUITSMAN, PGER

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Date Location Chairman Lodge Phone
November 6-7, 2020 Gardena John Sutton (310) 489-5552
November 5-6, 2021 TBD    
November 4-5, 2022 Burbank    
November 3-4, 2023 TBD