April 18, 2020
I hope this message finds you and your families healthy and well.
Due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19 and the uncertainty of its impacts in the months to come, the Board of the American Scientific Glassblowers Society has made the difficult decision to postpone the 65th ASGS Symposium that was originally scheduled for July 19-23 in Sarasota, Florida. This decision was the product of much thought and deliberation and was not made lightly. We sincerely apologize for the disruption in plans that this change will cause, but the ASGS is fully committed to the safety and well-being of its members and the communities that we serve.
Our 65th ASGS Annual Symposium will now be held in Vancouver, Washington from June 7-11, 2021, and we will reconvene in Sarasota, Florida for our 66th ASGS Symposium in 2022. We will make every effort to hold this year’s Annual Business Meeting online and you will receive the pertinent details as soon as they are available. Everyone is working hard to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, and drastic times often call for drastic measures. We hope that you understand our decision and want to thank you in advance for your patience and continued support as we maneuver our way through this ever-evolving situation.
Though we find ourselves working under different circumstances than usual in an effort to sustain operations, we are no less dedicated to our profession. We are witnessing first-hand how our work is helping customers manufacture and deliver products and services that are essential in this hour of need, and we can be proud that our members in the USA and around the world are helping our customers treat patients more effectively and develop new techniques and vaccines that will help stop this disease. Glass truly is the eye of science and carrier of light.
I look forward to better days and to seeing all of you in Washington next year.