Final NASCOE Convention Reminders

Greetings NASCOE Convention Members and Guests,

We’re now just a few days from the 2021 NASCOE National Convention in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  We know that many of you will be departing soon so we wanted to share some updated convention information and reminders to folks before they get on the road.

  • NEW:  Additional COVID-19 safety measures may be implemented by USDA in the upcoming days.  As such, FSA has determined at this late hour that they will not be participating in the convention, either in person or virtual.
  • Management will likely require individuals to quarantine upon return from personal travel.  This may depend on your individual vaccination status.  You should communicate with your supervisor or State Office to determine if there is a need for quarantine or telework upon returning from the convention.
  • NEW:  Regular temperature screenings will be implemented for members participating in NASCOE sponsored events.
  • NEW:  An emphasis will be placed on socializing responsibly outside of NASCOE events.
  • The NASCOE Executive Committee has determined that NASCOE will follow the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for the 2021 National Convention.  We will not be distinguishing between vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals during official functions, therefore NASCOE will be requiring all attendees, volunteers, and vendors to adhere to the CDC protocols for unvaccinated individual for large events found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/large-gatherings.html.
  • NASCOE has put into place precautionary measures aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19 among attendees, however all attendees and their guests will need to acknowledge the risks associated with attending the National Convention by completing a release of liability form at registration.  The release can be reviewed ahead of time by visiting the NASCOE website at https://nascoe.org/convention-information/2021-nascoe-convention/.  While we hope it doesn’t come to it, any attendee, NASCOE member or otherwise, who does not follow the requirements will be asked to leave the convention.
  • To the greatest extent possible, you should practice social distancing while at the convention.  The CDC recommends staying 6 feet away from people who don’t live in your household.  Remember, some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus.  Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.  

  • Monitor your health daily.  Watch for fever, cough, and shortness of breath, as well as other symptoms https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html.  Do not travel to the convention if you have these symptoms or have recently tested positive for COVID-19, are waiting on COVID-19 results, or have had close contact with a person who has tested positive for or who has symptoms of COVID-19
  • Sharing of items is discouraged.  Consider bringing your own pens, paper, and any other items needed for the meetings.  Bringing a personal water bottle for individual use is also highly encouraged.

While these measures may seem extraneous, there is nothing more important to NASCOE than the safety of our members.  This has been true throughout the pandemic as we’ve worked and communicated both internally and with National Office leadership. 

With the appropriate precautions, we know that everyone will be able to have a great time while appreciating that they and their fellow members are as safe as possible.

Thank you for your support and cooperation,

NASCOE Officers 

How We’re Planning to Stay Safe at the Convention

We’re now just about two weeks from the 2021 NASCOE National Convention in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and it’s time to get excited!!  It’s been too long since many of us were able to see each other in person and this year’s convention is shaping up to be a fantastic event.

We hope that you’ve been hearing a lot of exciting details about the National Convention and there will certainly be more information to follow.  Unfortunately, we know that the COVID-19 pandemic is still significantly impacting our lives, both in and out of work.  This bulletin/email is intended to focus on COVID-19 safety protocols and to remind attendees of some best practices as they prepare for the upcoming trip.  It’s going to be important that everyone does their part to behave in a safe and responsible manner leading up to, during, and after the convention. 

  • The NASCOE Executive Committee has determined that NASCOE will follow the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for the 2021 National Convention.  We will not be distinguishing between vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals during official functions, therefore NASCOE will be requiring all attendees, volunteers, and vendors to adhere to the CDC protocols for unvaccinated individual for large events found at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/large-gatherings.html.
  • NASCOE has put into place precautionary measures aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19 among attendees, however all attendees and their guests will need to acknowledge the risks associated with attending the National Convention by completing a release of liability form at registration.  The release can be reviewed ahead of time by visiting the NASCOE website at https://nascoe.org/convention-information/2021-nascoe-convention/.  While we hope it doesn’t come to it, any attendee, NASCOE member or otherwise, who does not follow the requirements will be asked to leave the convention.
  • To the greatest extent possible, you should practice social distancing while at the convention.  The CDC recommends staying 6 feet away from people who don’t live in your household.  Remember, some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus.  Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.  
  • Monitor your health daily.  Watch for fever, cough, and shortness of breath, as well as other symptoms https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html.  Do not travel to the convention if you have these symptoms or have recently tested positive for COVID-19, are waiting on COVID-19 results, or have had close contact with a person who has tested positive for or who has symptoms of COVID-19
  • Sharing of items is discouraged.  Consider bringing your own pens, paper, and any other items needed for the meetings.  Bringing a personal water bottle for individual use is also highly encouraged.
  • Management may require individuals to quarantine upon return from personal travel.  This may depend on your individual vaccination status.  You should communicate with your supervisor or State Office to determine if there is a need for quarantine or telework upon returning from the convention.

While these measures may seem extraneous, there is nothing more important to NASCOE than the safety of our members.  This has been true throughout the pandemic as we’ve worked and communicated both internally and with National Office leadership. 

With the appropriate precautions, we know that everyone will be able to have a great time while appreciating that they and their fellow members are as safe as possible.

Thank you for your support and cooperation,

NASCOE Officers 

Urgent Convention Deadline!

NASCOE’s 62nd National Convention is rapidly approaching.  The Convention is being held in Fort Wayne, Indiana on August 4-7th.  Registration is available online or by mail. 

The deadline to make hotel reservations and receive the convention rate is this Friday, July 9th.  Currently Saturday night is sold out.  If you would like a reservation for Saturday night please send an email to the convention committee at  to be put on a wait list. 

Please visit www.visitfortwayne.com/nascoe2021 for all the information available for the National Convention.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone in person!

The Convention Cash Club Contest is now Open!

May 18, 2021

The NASCOE Publicity Committee announces that the NASCOE Convention Cash Club Contest is now taking entries through June 15, 2021.

NASCOE members in good standing who have never attended a NASCOE National Convention are invited to enter the contest.  Applicants will submit a one-page essay of 500 words or less discussing the following topic:

“This year’s NASCOE convention theme is: Have a Ball in Indiana.  How is NASCOE like a baseball team and
what position do you play on that team?”
 


A maximum of five stipends of $500 each will be awarded.  One winner will be chosen from each NASCOE Area.  Winners must attend the 2021 NASCOE Convention in Fort Wayne, Indiana and be present for all general sessions and the awards banquet.  Failure to meet the attendance requirement will result in forfeiture of the stipend.

Please visit the NASCOE Convention Cash Club Contest page for full contest details and information on how to enter.

Thank you,
Teresa Holmquist
NASCOE Publicity Chair / Webmaster

2020 NASCOE Convention Update

Greetings NASCOE Members,

As you are likely aware, the NASCOE Board of Directors recently met via conference call.  The sole item of business was to consider how we should move forward with the 2020 National Convention in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic.  NASCOE finds itself in an unprecedented situation and the safety of our members and partners must be our number one concern.  Additionally, NASCOE also has an obligation to limit the potential liability to our association.  After much consideration, the Board of Directors voted to cancel the 2020 National Convention in Savannah, GA.  This decision was not taken lightly, and we want to personally thank all the individual Board members (two from each state) for their preparation, diligence, and careful weighing of the choices. 

NASCOE’s National Convention is primarily our annual business meeting.  While we won’t able to conduct that face-to-face this year, we still plan on having an annual meeting in some fashion.  Research has begun on alternatives to allow us to have a virtual meeting.  The alternatives would facilitate our elections, area breakouts, committee updates, and as many of the business functions of the convention as possible.  We’ll be engaging membership in how best to accomplish this and welcome your suggestions.

One can hardly count all the benefits that NASCOE brings, but fellowship and community are toward the top of the list.  We know that it is disappointing that we won’t be able to see each other, share stories and enjoy each other’s company.  However, these challenges won’t last forever and before you know it, we’ll all be together in Fort Wayne, IN for the 2021 convention.  We will also get to experience the hospitality of Georgia, as they will now host us in Savannah in 2022.

Thank you all for everything you do and please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or comments.

Sincerely,

Rick Csutoras and Curt Houk
National Convention Co-Chairs

Convention Hotel Reservations Now Open!

Reservations can now be made for the 61st NASCOE Convention in Savannah, Georgia, to be held on August 8 to 13, 2020. The Convention will be held at the Hyatt Regency on River Street in Savannah.

The link to make your hotel reservations is:
https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/SAVRS/G-GCOO

The room rate is $116.00

We will kick off the convention on Saturday, August 8th with tours taking place on Sunday, August 9th. The meetings will start on Monday and continue through Wednesday. The banquet will be held on Wednesday evening.

Registration for the convention is still in the works, but we wanted everyone to have a chance to go ahead and reserve a room.

Convention Photos Now Available!

NASCOE implemented a new Convention Photo policy in 2018.  The photography from the 60th NASCOE Convention in Manhattan, Kansas is now available for download by attendees at no charge.  You may download a single image, or as many images as you would like.

A DVD containing all images from the convention may also be purchased for a small fee.  The DVD will contain all the same images from the gallery.  To order a DVD, please complete the order form and mail the $5.00 fee, which covers materials and shipping of the DVD.

The convention photography will be available for download until November 30, 2019.

Please contact NASCOE Publicity Chair, Teresa Holmquist with any questions on this process.

Click to download:
Instructions to download 2019 NASCOE convention photos

DVD Order Form

Instructions-to-Download-2019-NASCOE-Convention-Photos