President's Letter

December 2023

Officers, Board Members, Delegates, Alternates, Advisors and Guests
SUBJECT: 2024 Annual Meeting

The 2024 Annual Meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency Orlando Hotel in Orlando, FL. There are several important considerations for you to note. Council events begin with the Cotton Flow Committee meeting at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, February 16. The convention’s final event, the General Session, begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes by 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 18. Meeting travel should be arranged in accordance with the Board’s policy for payment of expenses, which can be found on the last page of this book.

Policy development at the 2024 Annual Meeting will begin with the meetings of the six program committees on Saturday morning, February 17, followed by Board review of the program committee recommendations that afternoon and consideration of those recommendations by all delegates during the General Session on Sunday morning. Also included in the General Session will be the 2023 activities report from Council Chairman Shawn Holladay.

Policy recommendations are distributed to Council delegates prior to the Annual Meeting. All changes made in Orlando by the program committees and Board will be distributed for review during the interest caucus meetings on Saturday afternoon. This opportunity to review the program committee recommendations in depth will enable the delegate body to consider the resolutions during Sunday’s General Session without a lengthy review process. This approach is not meant to circumvent any debate or discussion.

Delegates will have the opportunity to initiate discussion on the recommendations during Sunday’s session.

Every Council delegate has been asked to serve on one of the six program committees. Because these committees meet on Saturday morning, delegates and program committee advisors should arrive in Orlando on Friday. The resolution process and conduct of other official business of the Council are intended to promote maximum attendance at Sunday morning’s General Session. Accordingly, all delegates should arrange departures late enough on Sunday to permit attendance and participation during the entire Sunday morning program.

Special activities include the “Welcome to Orlando” reception and the CAC Night of Cotton on Friday night, the Saturday Luncheon and the Prayer Breakfast on Sunday morning. Business attire is appropriate for all meeting events.

I encourage all Annual Meeting attendees to thank our sponsors for their generous support. I look forward to seeing you in Orlando.

Gary M. Adams
President & CEO