Hello ICYPAA Family,
In consultation with the 62nd ICYPAA Host Committee, the ICYPAA Advisory Council voted last night to once again postpone the 62nd ICYPAA. Both group consciences, each unanimous in their decision, had come to the same heartbreaking conclusion: the current and sudden COVID-19 conditions in the Southeast, including Louisiana, were setting us up to potentially play host to a super-spreader event.
Such an event would inevitably bring the AA name into public controversy and, most importantly, could negatively affect the health of our attendees. With the widely-reported skyrocketing of new infections, shortage of hospital beds and the State of Emergency as declared by the Louisiana Governor, we felt we had no choice. We simply couldn’t invite our friends from all over the world into a Covid situation that continues to rapidly escalate.
We realize that like ourselves many of you have booked travel and accommodations, and we cannot stop you from traveling to New Orleans. As such, the Hyatt is still available for your accommodations at the specified room rate should you choose to travel to New Orleans August 26-29. But if like us you are opting to postpone your visit until the 62nd ICYPAA is held, please go to hyatt.com, find your reservation with your confirmation # and cancel it. Once new dates are announced, there will be a new booking link through which to book your rooms.
As we previously stated, our attendees’ health and safety remains our top priority and we will make all decisions with that in the forefront of our minds. And frankly, the current situation is pretty depressing and a huge bummer for everyone. As Louisiana bid to Host ICYPAA for 8 years and is now going on year 3 as a Host Committee, so no one is more disappointed in the collective decision to postpone. So we’d like to give a massive shoutout to the 62nd Host Committee for doing the work and hanging in there throughout these crazy times.
Thankfully we know that until our conference meets again there always remains work to be done in our Home Groups, Districts and Areas; with our Sponsors and Sponsees as we have a spiritual awakening as the result of working the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, and as we engage in our Three Legacies of Recovery, Unity and Service.
And finally the good news is that if you previously pre-registered in 2019, 2020, or 2021…you’re already pre-registered for 2022! We are all still looking incredibly forward to hosting you in New Orleans and to finally…dear God finally… Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!” (Let the Good Times Roll!)
For questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
In Love and Service,
Phillip C. – ICYPAA Advisory Council Chair
Josh C. – 62nd ICYPAA Chair
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