Special Forces Association

International Convention

2020

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Fellow SFA members, as all should be aware by now, the 2020 SFA International Convention has been cancelled. However, we have put together a “virtual convention” which will provide some of the features that the convention would have provided. The Convention is free, there are no registration fees, travelling, or hotel accommodations required. So try it out and see what works for you and let us know how we can improve it. Some of the things we learn here may be useful for remote participation in future physical Conventions.

 

The website can be found at https://www.specialforcesbooks.com/SFA2020/foldersBase.php or at https://www.tinyURL/SF-2020. It is up and running now. Don’t let “technophobia” deter you. If you can use the internet, you’re golden. You don’t need to sign up to use any special programs (like Zoom) and you can even use your telephone for the meetings if you are camera shy. It’s all free.

 

Steve Sherman, the mastermind behind this effort, will post an invitation to a Zoom Test meeting on the website every day leading to the convention and you can learn or practice your skills and see how easy it will be. We strongly recommend getting into the virtual convention website sometime in the next 7 days, go to the Help page to test things out and get acquainted. On August 12 the meetings and hospitality rooms will be operating as per the schedules on the website.

If you want to be that host or be a vendor or would like to host a hospitality room, contact Steve Sherman at 281-879-5688 directly or through the website.

We hope to see each and every one of you at the Virtual Convention. Come and enjoy the camaraderie of the SFA in Sunny Florida from the comfort of your favorite computer chair.”

Finally, remember that some of us are still travelling and straying at the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort August 12-15 for a non SFA sponsored SF Rendezvous. We will have a physical hospitality suite there, sponsored by Chapters 7 and 1-18. The resort has agreed to honor the prices they had set aside for the convention even though the convention is now cancelled. Anyone interested in taking advantage of this should contact the resort immediately. Any one who kept their reservations should be good to go. 

Dear friends and SFA membership

It is with great regret that I inform you of the 2020 SFA International Convention cancellation.

The decision has been due to the current COVID-19 situation. The following factors were considered in making this tough decision.

  • Current travel restrictions for military, and specifically SOF personnel

  • Eglin AFB COVID-19 related restrictions

  • Input from 7th SFG(A)

  • Multiple cancellations due to COVID-19 concerns

  • Rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation

  • International and domestic travel restrictions

  • Reluctance of sponsors to support the event in the current environment

 

The restrictions imposed by the military on our active duty personnel has resulted in the loss of all support and attendance from our active duty membership. And the health concerns or our membership and the current COVID situation in the state of Florida has resulted in multiple cancellations. A third-order effect of these, is the loss of support of some of our sponsors. In addition, our eagerness to make the convention a reality has created a perception in some key individuals / organizations, that we are in disregard of our active duty membership’s combat readiness and our veteran membership’s health.

 

All this means that at this point, is neither financially viable nor strategically wise for us to conduct the convention.    

Although all official functions of the convention have been cancelled, there is still a way to link up and see old friends for those of you that wish to do so.

 

We have contacted the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort and they have agreed to honor the price of lodging for those that made reservations and are still willing to travel. In addition, we have coordinated with the resort in order to have and operate a Hospitality Suite for our SFA membership and their guests from 12-15 August.

 

Anyone who made reservations in the resort and do not want to take advantage of the aforementioned opportunity must call the resort to cancel their reservations.

 

Chapter VII will immediately initiate the process of refunding all convention registrations. As the coordinating chapter for the 2020 convention, Chapter VII had to incur operating expenses and still has certain financial obligations. Anyone wishing to forfeit or donate any portion of their registration cost to help mitigating those expenses can do so by notifying the 2020 convention director at director@sfainternationalconvention.org or the convention treasurer at treasurer@sfainternationalconvention.org.

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