GAR Transitions to a Virtual Conference for the 2020 Annual Conference

Below is the message sent to the GAR Board of Directors on Friday, June 26, 2020

TO: GAR Board of Directors

FROM: Faron W. King, 2020 President

When the Administration and Operations Committee met in Atlanta on June 15th, we worked extremely hard to come up with a hybrid conference experience with a live and virtual option and were incredibly pleased to offer that.

Fast forward ten days, with a review of the state of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in Georgia, and receiving notice on Wednesday that NAR would be completely virtual we felt that we had to revisit the decision. With the numbers of cases again on the rise and many other states choosing a virtual only option, Georgia REALTORS® will transition the 2020 Annual Conference & Expo to an all virtual event.

We understand that you may be disappointed in this transition, and I can assure you that this was a painful decision for leadership to make. It was made more difficult knowing all that our Savannah members were working to welcome us to their city. However, the health of our members is our top priority. To run the risk of even one member contracting COVID-19 at a GAR event is unconscionable. To that end, our remaining Century Summits will be held virtually as well.

In honor of GAR’s 100th anniversary, the fee for the fully virtual conference will be $25.00. Our GAR staff will reach out to those registered (virtual and in-person) regarding refunds. The proceeds from registration will benefit both the GAR Disaster Relief Fund and the GAR Scholarship Foundation.

Additionally, we will arrange for the cancellation of all the reserved hotel rooms in our contracted hotel room block. You do not need to contact the hotel. GAR and hotel staff are working as quickly as possible, we ask for your patience during this process.

Finally, we will be updating our website in the coming week to reflect the virtual conference.

Association Executives, please feel free to share this information with your membership. A formal announcement will be forthcoming on Monday, June 29, to all GAR members.

God bless and stay well!

Faron W. King2020 President