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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:

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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.

https://coronavirus.wa.gov/what-you-need-know/safe-start/whats-open-each-phase

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.

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