A Message from the President of Our Civil War Round Table
November 11, 2020
To All Members of the Civil War Round Table of Kansas City:
We have exciting news to start our new year at the Round Table!
Your Executive Committee has been hard at work, despite the difficulties thrown at us during this pandemic season. The results will provide you with a better experience for our monthly meetings in 2021.
First, we are announcing a new venue! Beginning in January we will be meeting at Milbum Country Club, 7501 W. 69th Street in Overland Park KS. If you are not familiar with the facility, it is between Antioch and Metcalf, bounded on the south by 71st Street. The entrance is on Santa Fe. The meeting room is much nicer than the one at the Holiday Inn, on the first floor, and is an all-round better venue. We are confident that the menus will also be an improvement.
We have a full slate of speakers for 2021 beginning in January. Anticipating what things will be like in January is a challenge. We have made the decision to hold the first two meetings using "pandemic protocols”. There will be no food or drink provided, other than individual bottled water. Rather than round tables, we will be seated lecture or theater style, with chairs spaced far apart. The room comfortably holds over 150 in this configuration, and we will set up for a third of that, with a maximum attendance of 50. As a consequence, it is important for all of you to make a reservation, so we can control the actual attendance. There will no charge for these first two meetings to encourage you to attend.
Masks will be required, even if there is no mandate at the time. It is conceivable that you will be able to come in, sit and enjoy the presentation, and leave without touching anything but the chan you sit in. We are assured that the room will have been cleaned thoroughly, and the club has installed a new, more robust air filtration system. On a Tuesday evening, we will be virtually the only people hi the facility.
There will be no book sales, either on tables or by auction, to reduce any contact. There will be no "social hour” and members will be reminded to maintain proper distance throughout the meeting.
We hope to begin regular meetings with meal service and a cash bar in March. This decision will be revisited in February to determine if it is appropriate.
When we begin regular meetings with meals, the cost will be $32. We realize this is an increase from the past year, but we feel the improved venue and meals will more than compensate for the increase. And, as promised, your first meal will be on us. To prevent this from becoming an accounting nightmare, we are offering this free meal for any of the first three months in which we offer meals. So, if you cannot attend in March, a free meal is still available to you in April or May.
In the meantime, you are all encouraged to mail your membership dues for 2021 to Susan Keipp, 436 W. 88th Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64114. Dues have not increased. The dues are $35 per individual or $55 per couple. Your dues help to defer the cost of bringing in nationally known speakers to our Round Table and we encourage you to renew your membership. Please note that in order to reserve your free dinner you must have paid your membership dues for 2021.
We are excited about the changes for the upcoming year and look forward to returning to a more “normal” meeting agenda, whenever the situation allows for that to happen. We look forward to seeing you in January for our fust meeting. However, our fust concern is for the safety of our members, and (I say with trepidation) plans could change between the time you read this and the scheduled meeting time. We will keep you informed.
If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear them. This is your organization and I encourage you to provide feedback.
See you in January.