Cancellation of the 2020 NRMB AALAS Branch Meeting/Conference Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic

Dear NRMB Membership,

As the world continues to navigate the evolving COVID-19 pandemic together, the Northern Rocky Mountain AALAS Branch leadership has come to the very difficult decision to cancel the 2020 NRMB Meeting & Conference that was to be held at the University of Montana’s Flathead Lake Biological Station on June 5-7, 2020.

This is an unprecedented decision but one that we feel must be made given the current recommendations by the CDC, WHO, and local/regional health departments. Social distancing and reducing travel is a prudent and responsible decision. We are uncertain where this situation will become June, but do not want to impose hardships on our attendees, vendors, and the FLBS by canceling with short notice.

We wanted to announce this early so attendees do not buy airline tickets or pay expenses to attend the meeting. We also worry given the impact this may have on animal facilities, that the attendance to the 2020 meeting could be severely compromised and lead to financial hardship for our branch.

We will be working to notify the administration of the biological station, our food/catering services, van services, and speakers to let them know of this cancellation.

We will be looking at doing a Branch Business Meeting via teleconferencing and video conferencing technologies at a later 2020 date. We want to encourage all members to participate in this business meeting. To maintain a branch in good standing with the National AALAS organization, we are to have at least one business meeting per year. Stay tuned for further details on this on-line event in the future.

This is a very challenging situation that we know all institutions and animal care facilities are having to deal with and make hard decisions.

We HAVE reserved the Biological Station for our 2021 Meeting! Please print out this 2021 Save the Date to post in your facilities and please plan to attend on June 4-6, 2021!

May you all remain safe, healthy, and supportive of each other. We’re in this together!

Sincerely

Gwen Anderson- 2020 President-Elect

Endorsed & Approved by:

Vickie Riojas– 2020 President

Mia Benkenstein– 2020 Past President

A word from your District 8 Trustee

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Just a few short weeks ago, I was anticipating my trip to Sacramento for the District 8 Meeting. That dream has since been dashed, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the days since the outbreak hit our shores, people have died, businesses closed, laboratory animals had to be euthanized. My thoughts are with all of you. Whether you are reporting to work every day to ensure the health and welfare of research animals, at home providing support to essential personnel, or wondering if someone you know is going to recover from the virus, you have had to face uncertainty, loss, and grief.

The pandemic has certainly taken its toll on normal operations within our community. As you probably know, the District 8 Meeting was canceled. If you registered for the meeting, you should receive an email from the meeting organizers regarding your options for reimbursement. If you have any questions regarding reimbursement, please contact Emily Slocum, ewerner@ucmerced.edu.

The pandemic also forced the AALAS National Office to close temporarily under local “Safer at Home” orders. Rest assured, however, that the AALAS staff is continuing to assist members from the safety of their home locations. Before coronavirus became widespread, however, the BOT met in late February to conduct our Winter Session. Below are some highlights from the Session:

  • Tracy Parker and Ann Turner shared their recent travels (remember travel?) in their roles as AALAS President and Executive Director, respectively.
  • The BOT approved site selection for the National Meetings in 2025 and 2026.
  • We welcomed new Affiliate and Global Partner organizations.
  • WE approved 2021 Committee Chairs and the National Meeting Program Committee Vice-Chair.

I was hoping to share these updates with you in person over the course of spring and summer, but my visits to your branch will have to wait. In the meantime, let AALAS continue to support you:

  • Stay connected with the lab animal community through the AALAS Community Exchange. Access is included in your AALAS membership.
  • Explore the AALAS Learning Library. If you are not subscribed to the ALL, check out the free courses.
  • Study for the next Technician Certification level.
  • Read back issues of Comparative Medicine, JAALAS, and LAS Pro – if you don’t have the paper copies, they are online.

But most of all, take care of yourself. Take a walk. Talk to friends and family. Love the animals that you have invited into your life, both at work and at home.

Stay safe and healthy,

Tom Chatkupt
AALAS Trustee, District 8
Oregon Health & Science University Portland, Oregon

SAVE THE DATE FOR 2021!

2020 NRMB Membership!!

Happy 2020 to you all! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday time with friends and family.
As we clock over to a new decade – it is that time of year to renew your memberships. Please help support our little grassroots branch by renewing your membership with the Northern Rocky Mountain AALAS branch.
Our membership rates did slightly increase this year due to increasing costs with regard to doing business and supporting our mission.
The new rates are as follows:
  • Individual: $15/year
  • Institutional: $75/year
  • Commercial/Vendor: $100/year
NOTE: For the Institutional and Commercial/Vendor memberships – up to 10 individuals can be listed as members on the application form. Commercial/Vendor memberships also entitled the company to advertise in our branch newsletters. 
Please return the membership form as directed at the bottom of the membership application form along with your payment. Payment can be made via check or on-line on our web site.
To pay via online check out the PayPal buttons to the right of the page.
Also “SAVE THE DATES” for our 2020 Annual Meeting and Conference set for June 5-7, 2020. Please put these dates on your calendars and post them in your facilities.
Thank you for your continued support of the NRMB AALAS Branch!
Gwen

2019 Membership Renewal Time!!

NRMB has the best members, so why wouldn’t you want to re-up that membership! And we always have room for new members! Come join us!

2019 Membership Application (Word Doc)

2019 Membership Application (PDF)

If you’re paying online using PayPal, please fill out the application form and email it to nrmbaalas@outlook.com.

Celebrate the Mice Video Contest

2018 Celebrate the Mouse Video Contest Flyer copy

Summer 2018 Newsletter

Aug 2018 Newsletter

Take a peek at the latest newsletter and see how great our Yellow Bay Meeting was this year! Enjoy!

Annual Meeting!! June 8-10, 2018

The 2018 Annual Meeting and Conference of the Northern Rocky Mountain AALAS Branch is fast approaching. Please save the dates of June 8 – 10, 2018! The NRMB offices and planning group are getting an awesome agenda put together – stay tuned for a sneak peak soon! Hope many of you can make it for this wonderful weekend of education, networking, learning and a little R & R all while nestled on the beautiful shores of Flathead Lake a the University of Montana’s Flathead Lake Biological Station!

The 2018 NRMB Officers have reviewed the past several years of budget reports for our branch. In reviewing the revenue vs expenses of our Annual Meeting and Conference at the U of Montana Flathead Lake Biological Station – the cost per person has increased. The area where we are taking the greatest loss is the current rates we charge for guests who attend with paying members.

After a review by the NRMB Board of Directors and approval vote – we are increasing guest rates for non-member individuals attending the NRMB meeting to the following:

Guest (11 years and older): $200/weekend
Child (10 years and under; needs separate bed): $75.00/weekend
Child ( Co-sleeper; no separate bed required): $5.00/weekend

We are not increasing the rate of the annual meeting for individual/institutional members (still only $240.00/person/weekend) or commercial/vendor members (still only $400/person/weekend).

2018 Yellow Bay Registration Form (pdf)

**Please fill out the registration form and send it in, even if you are paying with PayPal**

District 8 AALAS Meeting

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http://www.socalaalas.org/2018d8aalas

The District 8 AALAS Meeting will be held in Newport Beach, CA!! Who doesn’t want to hit the beach after a long, cold winter in the Northwest! The hotel looks great and the rates can’t be beat! This meeting is for everyone–TECHNICIANS, management, and veterinarians. Check out the link above for all the information!!

2018 NRMB Membership is Due! Come join us!

Hey, Hey! It’s that time of year again! Time to sign up to be a part of the best AALAS Branch in all the land! We love renewals and welcome all newbies!! We’re a good time!

Individual membership is $10. Institutional is $50 and includes up to 10 memberships. Commercial membership is $75 and includes 10 membership and ad space in our newsletter.

2018 NRMB Membership Form

If you look to the right of this post, you’ll see the option to pay with PayPal. Super easy! Just remember to still email a copy of the membership form to nrmbaalas@outlook.com so we can get everyone included. We also accept checks. Just send them along to the address on the membership form.

Happy New Year!

 


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2020 Yellow Bay Meeting is Cancelled

Sadly, we will not be hosting our annual Yellow Bay Meeting this spring. We want everyone to take care during this time and know that we love all our essential workers in NRMB.

DATES FOR 2021 YELLOW BAY
YELLOW BAY 2020-- JUNE 4-6, 2021-- YELLOW BAY, MONTANA