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67th NAPS National Convention—Here We Come, August 2021!
By Brian J. Wagner
Because 2020 was a leap year, I guess it only made sense to literally leap to 2021 to hold our 67th National Convention this August. Seriously, with the COVID-19 pandemic, it absolutely made sense that the NAPS Executive Board reschedule our “Deep in the Heart of NAPS—Texas Style!” national convention to this August for the health and safety of our members, Auxiliary and guests. What has changed from 2020 to 2021? Here’s the scoop!
First, what has not changed is NAPS Headquarters and our Host Branch Committee continue making big plans for delegates and guests to enjoy their national convention experience at the Gaylord Texan Resort, Aug. 30 through Sept. 3, in Grapevine, TX.
Second, if you already paid a national convention registration for yourself, other members or guests, all are officially registered for the 67th National Convention. NAPS Headquarters sent out revised hard-copy receipts with the new 2021 date to those who registered before June 2020. If you did not receive a receipt, please confirm with NAPS immediately that you are registered. Those registering after May 2020 will have received an online confirmation receipt with the 2021 convention date.
Also, if you already purchased a meal plan badge or extra banquet tickets, those will be ready for pickup at the national convention. There is no need to re-register or repurchase meal items if you already have paid those respective fees.
Third, the 67th NAPS National Convention registration fee has not changed; registration remains online only. The fee remains $250 on or before July 10; after July 10, the fee is $325. As the online national convention registration process has been open for at least a full year, no registrations or payments will be accepted after July 24. Therefore, please do not request a convention registration exception after July 24.
Fourth, through the efforts of our NAPS conference planner, Sheri Davies of ConferenceDirect, the Gaylord Texan Resort automatically canceled all 2020 national convention sleeping rooms this past August. Therefore, please go online at naps.org or call the Gaylord Texan Resort for a room reservation(s) for August 2021.
If you had a previous room reservation before rescheduling of the national convention, do not assume your reservation still is valid. Double check that your Gaylord Texan Resort room reservation is for August 2021. The good news is NAPS’ room reservation block was extended until Wednesday, Aug. 4.
Fifth, all national convention delegate credentials still are being accepted; send them to NAPS Headquarters. The credentials will be verified and filed for safekeeping until needed this August. Please note: If an active member’s branch affiliation changed, a new credential must be submitted with the correct officer signature and branch number.
Furthermore, any active member who has retired or is planning to retire before Aug. 30, 2021, must become an associate member before the national convention. Otherwise, they will not be a credentialed delegate.
Sixth, the process for submitting national convention resolutions has not changed—only the date they are due. The new deadline for submitting national convention resolutions is July 10.
Seventh, the deadline for submitting the names of deceased active, associate and Auxiliary members and their branch numbers is July 10. Please send the names of members who have died since the end of the 2018 National Convention—Aug. 10, 2018—up to the July 10 deadline via email to NAPS at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are unsure NAPS has a deceased member’s name and branch number, please resubmit before the deadline.
Eighth, please note that national convention committee assignments were announced in April 2020. Although the date of our 67th National Convention has changed, committee assignments will not. Those selected in April 2020 will remain on their respective committees unless they are unable to serve this August. In such cases, an alternate from that committee’s list will be selected as a replacement. In late January 2021, selected committee members were mailed a letter confirming their availability to serve.
Ninth, Host Branch Committee Chair Robert “Texas Bob” Bradford has rescheduled the National Convention Golf Tournament at the Cowboys Golf Club to Sunday, Aug. 29, at 9 a.m. We still are coordinating our national convention evening social events and tours for Wednesday’s (Sept. 1) free day. As details become available, we will update accordingly.
Tenth, all aspects of the national convention will be done with social distancing and the health and safety of our attendees in mind. This includes food functions and how meals are served, changing our first-timer and delegate orientation event and various room setups. Please stay tuned over the next few months as more national convention updates are printed in The Postal Supervisor and posted on our NAPS website.
Now, tune into my February ice-cream-flavor-of-the-month recommendation: honey-salted caramel almond.