Conclave Update: Results of OVAHC Conclave proposal for
2020 to the Delegates in November.
Good News! Conclave 2020 will be in Crystal River Florida in May of 2020.
Better News… OVAHC will not host Conclave 2020 in Lawrenceburg
The above is the result (or at least the catalyst) of the OVAHC’s concern for the future of
Conclaves. By stepping up with an alternative and organizing the Mid West clubs as a group
and offering 2020 and potentially future conclaves in Lawrenceburg IN, it moved the discussion
to the next level.
Going into the November Delegates meeting, there was a lot of buzz about how great the
Charleston SE Classic was (which was closed out) and Deadwood SD having over 200 registrations
(currently over 245) in hand. Also Neil Anderson, Conclave VP, has had positive
discussion with the Utah club for a Provo UT International meet 2022 (70th anniversary of
the 100 introduction). There were no 2020 or 2021 proposals.
John and I attended the Conclave focus group with about 25 other delegates. John presented
our proposal as a worst case scenario, highlighting our concerns for an absence of a conclave.
We made it perfectly clear that we would rather go somewhere 2020 than the mid
west. But to fill the void we would do it. Everyone agreed a destination is preferred and conclave
has been in the mid west 2016 & 2018. No other group came with a proposal for 2020
In this context, our proposal was submitted to the reassembled delegates. During its discussion,
Bill Borla from central Florida brought up that our date conflicted with their 2020 SE
Classic, which he is chairing, in Central Florida. They host every 4 years and have it in May
due to their hurricane season.
I immediately said, “I would rather go to Florida than Lawrenceburg in May of 2020. Can we
expand it?” I offered my personal help and to talk to the mid west clubs. The Indy group offered
help on the spot.
Long story short, Bill was open to it and thought his posse would be as well. The delegates
moved to take our plan as a backup and they OK’d Neil to check out the site. Joyce and I
had a week planned to central Florida in Mid December so we decided to meet at the site in
mid December and report back.
We met in Crystal River with Bill and his counterpart John Popp. The trip was mainly just a
review. They had already resolved all operational and political issues for expanding to a conclave.
We basically waited for their January 15 meeting for their final approval from their
It is a great venue, on the Gulf and Crystal River, where the manatees live. Activities for every
interest. It is an older very well kept resort called the Plantation. You can actually swim
with the manatees.
It is already on the Jacobs’ calendar….
PS: With 2020 locked in, effort will be focused on 2021 and 2023. Instead of waiting to see
who steps up, Neil and company are looking at potential destinations (Lake of the Ozarks;
Asheville) and working with the clubs in those areas to see what it would take to make them
happen. Any ideas?