As you know, SAME made the decision to not hold the 2020 JETC in-person as originally planned due to the nation's collective response efforts to COVID-19 and because venues in Washington, D.C., were declared closed past our scheduled dates. As part of our efforts to retool and adapt, and to stay valuable to our membership, from May 27-29, SAME hosted a Virtual JETC (VJETC) with more than 2,100 attendees, over 40 education and training sessions, the SAME National President Transition, and keynote speakers Mike Rowe, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, USA (Ret.), and U.S. Surgeon General Vice Adm. Jerome Adams, MD, USPHS. It was a great week of coming together to engage in professional development and connect with friends and colleagues virtually. Throughout this spring, so many Posts across SAME have held virtual meetings, webinars, happy hours, and even scholarship boards online in order to stay connected with the Society. To all those who have stayed engaged in SAME virtually, whether at our national events or at your local Post, thank you! We are adapting for today, and tomorrow, together.
Looking ahead over the summer months and the balance of 2020, there are still many activities and events that are on the SAME calendar and that we are looking forward to. At this point, majority, if not all, of those will be held virtually. Additionally, on the local level, SAME Posts have their own events and activities planned or scheduled for the remainder of this year. All Posts, in joining with the nation's response to reduce the spread of coronavirus, cancelled or postponed events this spring, with many having rescheduled them to late summer and fall.
The SAME Calendar of Events lists all local, regional, and national events, with types categorized to show if they are virtual or now planned to be held in-person later this year. As parts of the country reopen, and do so on different timelines and with different requirements, for the latest information on your local Post, visit the Post webpage or contact your Post directly. The SAME National Office Membership & Post Operations Team is available as well to provide information.
UPCOMING NATIONAL EVENTS
In July, the SAME Facilities Management Workshop (FM Workshop), scheduled for July 29-31, will now be a virtual event. Registration will open soon. The education and training program, the keynote speakers, and networking opportunities are being planned now. Fortunately, the education and training presentations have already been developed from the Call for Presentations, so it's just a matter of logistically working with speakers and moderators to pivot to a virtual platform. More information on the FM Workshop is now available at www.fmworkshop.org
In August, plans are underway to turn Post Leaders Workshop, scheduled for August 9-11, into a virtual event as well. More information on PLW will be available soon.
The 2020 SAME Federal Small Business Conference (SBC), scheduled for November 4-6, also will be a virtual conference, a decision that has been made by the officers of the SAME Board of Direction. There is too much uncertainty about whether large gatherings will be allowed in November and the military services have indicated they are not likely to approve in-person attendance even if they are permitted. Making a decision now gives us the maximum amount of time to be able to deliver the best Virtual SBC that we can with all the elements you expect. Government agencies, industry partners, the SAME Small Business Community, and many more stakeholders are coming together to plan Virtual SBC. More information will be available in the coming weeks.
Lastly, when SAME made the decision to hold Virtual JETC, several of the Society-related aspects (Fellows Investiture, Society Ball, Post Awards, Golden Eagle Awards, and LDP Graduation Ceremony) were taken out of the program in order to be able to focus on the education and training, but especially so that these special events would be appropriately celebrated at another point this year, possibly in-person. We are continuing to evaluate all options with respect to these special events and look forward to being able to celebrate so many of our amazing members, partners, and stakeholders virtually during 2020, SAME's Centennial.