IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT CONCERNING 2024 ABA MEETING
Problems arose concerning the proposals from Springfield, MO since our meeting in Charleston. The Q Hotel was closed in 2020 due to Covid-19. The hotel remains closed and is not willing to send a contract for 2024. This would only give us 250 rooms within walking distance to the Springfield Missouri Expo Center.
Other hotels willing to give a contract are about 15 minutes away and most do not offer a rebate to cover the cost of the Expo Center. Two proposals were submitted for June 2024: Springfield, MO and Springfield, IL. Trying to be fair to Springfield, MO since we were not able to have our meeting in 2020, the Committee on Future Meeting Places only offered the proposal from Springfield, MO. Being faced with this problem, we then contacted Springfield, IL to see if their proposal was still available. They came back and assured us the proposal and date were still available for the ABA Messenger Meeting June 18 - 20, 2024.
The ABA Officers met Wednesday, September 29 in Texarkana and voted unanimously to accept the proposal and meet in Springfield, IL June 2024. The proposal gives us 450 rooms at the Abraham Lincoln Doubletree and the Windham Hotels. The hotels are across the street from each other, and the Springfield Convention Center is attached to the DoubleTree with an underground walk through. Guaranteed rate at both hotels is $117.00 for June 2024. Both hotels offer complimentary self-parking. Hotel Tax at present is 13%. With 1250 paid room nights the Convention Center cost will offered at no cost to the Association. Many restaurants are within walking distance.
Brethren, you can see this is a great proposal and a decision needed to be made while the proposal from Springfield, IL could still be offered. We are blessed!!
Neal Sutton - Director of Meeting Arrangements
Edgar N. (Eddie) Sutton - Director of Meeting Arrangements Emeritus