Way of Life Conference Re-Plan
To All Concerned:
Unfortunately, Hurricane IRMA’s visit to Palm Beach County resulted in postponement of the 2017 Way of Life Conference. Since the cancellation the Steering committee has been very hard at work with three crucial efforts:
- Refund all people who have Pre-Registered
- Determine Available dates for our entire line up of National and Keynote Speakers from 2017
- Find a Location of the next WOL Conference from March 1 through June 30, 2018
Refunds: I am happy to tell you that our refund process started immediately after the hurricane passed. A refund questionnaire email went out over a month ago asking if registrants would like to:
- Roll over their fees to the next conference
- Make a donation to offset the costs of cancellation and re-scheduling the conference
- Take a full refund
Our WOL 2017 treasurer has begun issuing refunds, through Pay Pal, to credit card accounts. It has taken about 10 days after you have returned the questionnaire to receive a refund. We have not heard back from all registrants, so another email was sent out last week.
Availability: The committee is making every effort to re-book the entire lineup of great National Speakers who have planned travel from out of state. We are hoping airline tickets that were purchased for the September 8 & 9 conference can be changed to the new TBD date. We have received their availability dates, and are working diligently to secure a Venue Spring 2018 (Thank you Speakers!!)
Location: The Committee has miraculously narrowed in on 4 venues, 2 in WPB and 2 in NPB that can host the conference on the dates that All of our National and Keynote speakers are available. We are planning to make a decision next week after we have received the cost estimates. (thank you Mary & Barbie)
The preparation for the cancelled September 8 & 9 event has depleted funds necessary to re-plan the new conference. We have asked all pre-registrants to consider making a voluntary donation to offset costs of a new marketing campaign and to pay for expenses incurred in the postponement of the event. Thank you to those who have made a donation.
We will know soon if there is enough funding to go forward with a 2018 conference (and a Date), or postpone it until Spring 2019, when there are enough funds to move forward.
Again, thank you 2017 Steering Committee for your sustained support during this prolonged & stressful period in our WOL history. We are sure that the next conference will be the best ever!!
Vincent J. Forst
2017 WOL Conference Chair