AUG 20-23, 2020 AGM UPDATE

To All JCNA Club Presidents

I hope that this message finds you, your members, and families safe and well.

As you know, unfortunately, we had to reschedule the in Las Vegas 2020 AGM. The planning for the rescheduled 2020 AGM in Columbia, SC is proceeding, and the registration and complete program details will be available shortly. 

In the interim, the following information is provided for your planning.  To help finalize the event costs we need to estimate the number of attendees and so I am requesting each club to indicate, by May 15 th, if you will send delegates, or proxies by replying to this message or mailing Rob Thuss at rrthussatme.com.

The host hotel is Marriott Columbia with a special rate of $135.00 per night for either king or two double beds.  You may make your booking at Book your group rate for JAGUAR CLUBS OF NORTH AMERICA AGM.   Rooms are cancellable up to 24 hours before the first reservation night.

Currently, domestic flight costs are extra-ordinarily low in the U.S.   Yesterday, round-trip fare from Los Angeles to Columbia, SC was priced at $222 on Delta, $303 on American, and $306 on United. Vancouver to Columbia flights cost $236 and non-stop flights from Chicago were between $244 to $349.  Phoenix was $283.  Dallas was $231.  Portland OR was $300.  Boston was $155 and Philly $231 non-stop.  

I am sure you have read, hotels, airports, and airlines have instituted additional deep-cleaning and safety precautions in response to COVID-19 so travel will be safe.  The Columbia airport is a low traffic airport and Columbia is an uncrowded city.  Although South Carolina has reported about 5000 COVID cases, the extent of the outbreak has been far lower than in many other states.  South Carolina is gradually easing restrictions with the appropriate safety measures in place.  

Rob Thuss and George Camp of the JSSC club have planned a fun and casual afternoon/evening schedule for Friday, which includes activities at the Coventry Foundation and a “Cannonball BBQ Dinner” near the CF location.  The BBQ dinner will be held in a large air-conditioned tent so that the event will be private but spacious.  David Yarborough, who drove an XJS in the last official Cannonball Run in 1979 with David Heinz, will speak at Friday event.  Yarborough was also a Jag Dealer from 1971-80, so he can share some dealer experiences with us.  The cost for the BBQ will likely be $40 or less

On Saturday, August 22 nd, we will hold a regular AGM program with meetings throughout the day and a banquet in the evening.  The delegate lunch will be in the $35 range. The Saturday banquet will be a buffet and the cost will be in the $65-70 range.   We will have firm information shortly.  

Cost-wise, this will be an efficiently priced AGM to attend.  However, detailed AGM information and registration will not be published in the Jaguar Journal until July so this information is for your planning now.    

With the bargain cost of attendance and travel, it is prudent to err on the side of planning to attend, make reservations, etc. now while travel costs are low and lenient rescheduling/cancellation rules are in force.  I recognize that local conditions in some parts of our countries where the outbreak has been most severe may make travel unwise even in late summer but we expect most locations to be open for business.  

You will receive updates every two weeks or so with the latest information. The registration information will be available on WWW.JCNA.COM and in the July Jaguar Journal.

Please email your current plans to Rob or me by May 15 th.

Best Regards

Les Hamilton

President, JCNA 2019-2020

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