WHY NO EVENTS?
In 2020 SAMOA has had to change or restrict activities in accordance with COVID-19 state ordinances and guidelines. Some members have noted that other car and enthusiast groups are organizing group events and wonder why SAMOA doesn’t do the same.
SAMOA is a non-profit social club, registered with the State of Washington. Non-profit, volunteer-run groups such as SAMOA are generally required to adhere to the same practices as those for for-profit businesses and in the case of the pandemic are required to follow Washington State’s four-phase Safe Start Guidelines:
Generally speaking, SAMOA is considered to operate within King, Pierce and Snohomish counties and therefore has been operating under phase 2 guidelines throughout 2020. If you are having trouble reading this chart, the following link will take you to the State’s website and a larger, more easily read version.
When it comes to events not organized by SAMOA, it is up to each individual if they want to participate. They are responsible for the level of health-risk they are comfortable taking for themselves and their families.
As SAMOA’s officers, we share your frustrations about a lack of events for 2020 but until the Covid-19 pandemic is under control we will continue to consider not only the health risk to our individual members, but also the risk to SAMOA as a state-registered non-profit organization if public health ordinances are not followed.
Here’s hoping that in 2021 we will be able to meet again in person. – 2020 Club officers: Brian Slominski, president; Toby May, vice president; Ed Sauer, secretary; Glenda Larson, treasurer.