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Finding Our Way

Because the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it is still an uncertain time for us as we head into a new academic year.  A great deal of time and focus has been spent over the past few months by schools trying to determine what the next academic terms will look like.  Some have chosen to remain online, others are moving forward with some type of hybrid model combining both in person and virtual learning.  

We’re finding our way as we go.  We’re learning and adapting as we move forward.  We’re finding out how well we approach and move through a changing world.  We’re learning a lot about ourselves—whether we wanted to or not—and discovering that flexibility, an open mind and cooperation are just a few of the factors we need to adapt to this continuing slippery slope.

It is difficult to read and watch the news reports that speak about how much this pandemic has forever altered the hospitality and travel industry.  It seems unfathomable to hear the predictions on the number of businesses that have been affected and/or will not survive. It is easy to get caught up in all the negatives that this pandemic has caused, but it is so heartwarming to hear the many positive stories that are coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic—stories of determination, stories of entrepreneurship and stories of cooperation and unity.  We are finding our way through this difficult time.

International CHRIE’s Strategic Planning Committee is continuing to help the organization and our members to move forward and we will be unveiling our strategy in the coming months for the upcoming years through the year 2025.  This committee has worked diligently to take a holistic look at what ICHRIE needs in the coming years and what will need to be done to advance the organization.  

The 75th Anniversary Committee is continuing efforts to make our annual summer conference next July a monumental and historic event.  The location—Washington, DC—was chosen because International CHRIE was formed back in 1946 in Washington, DC.  In the coming months, you will be hearing more details about this celebration event.  There are scores of members working to make the 2021 conference memorable.  If you are interested in contributing to the efforts of the 75th anniversary celebration, I encourage you to reach out to the chair of this committee, Mary Jo Dolasinski (mdolasin@depaul.edu).   

So, yes, there is much changing in our current challenging world, but there is an enormous amount of cooperation and positive energy occurring that will most certainly play an important part as we continue finding our way.

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