Dear DSTA Member,
I hope you are all well and healthy during this crazy time. While I have been working from home for a while now, it has been quite an adjustment to have my wife, a 4th grade teacher, and my 2 kids working and schooling from home. Finding the balance can be a challenge, but it has provided some incredible moments with the family.
I look forward to the opportunity for all of us to get together and share our experiences over a couple beers. But for now, I want to share with you what the Board is doing during these challenging times.
First off, we understand membership benefits are going to be limited for 2020. We have not been able to host a Q1 event, and most likely will have to skip Q2 as well. We will evaluate our Q3 & Q4 options as this situation unfolds, but are hoping to host the 2nd Annual DSTA Curling Championships in October.
On a brighter note, we are maintaining our philanthropic budget for 2020. We will match our 2019 allocation to Junior Achievement and have added Colorado Coalition for the Homeless as a new recipient. The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless has been delivering health care for people experiencing homelessness in downtown Denver for over 30 years. (https://www.coloradocoalition.org/healthcare) The Board will continue to look for organizations in need in the second half of 2020 and encourage the membership to submit any suggestions of local groups in need.
As for our annual conference, we continue to evaluate our options. All STA affiliate conferences in the first half of 2020 have been canceled or postponed, but I am optimistic we will see many rescheduled for the second half of 2020. DSTA has traditionally hosted our conference in early December. Given the possibility of a busy STA calendar in the second half of the year, we are considering pushing the conference into early 2021. Our goal is to return the DSTA conference to a premier STA event providing relevant content and networking opportunities for the national STA community. Look for an update this summer on our plans!
For now, please stay safe, healthy and continue to cherish the little moments that make you smile!
President Denver Security Traders Association