Dear ALAC Member,

The ALAC Board met on Thursday evening, May 28th to discuss our 2020 National Specialty in St. Louis. After lengthy discussions and deliberation, the Officers and Board of the American Lhasa Apso Club reluctantly made the difficult decision to cancel the American Lhasa Apso Club National specialty and related events, scheduled for October 20-23, 2020 in St. Louis.

The actual motion voted on was that “The American Lhasa Apso Club National Specialty and Related Events scheduled for October 20-23, 2020 in St. Louis, Missouri be cancelled due to our precautionary concern for the common good and public health of our members and in light of the continuing uncertainty arising from the Covid-19 pandemic. The vote was eleven (11) in favor of cancelling, two (2) opposed and one (1) abstention.

We considered many factors in making this decision, most importantly, the health and safety of our club members, exhibitors, judges, spectators, and contractors and the overall uncertainty of these times. We discussed the following matters along with other considerations.

  1. The polling input from the membership. Approximately sixty percent (60%) of member responses to the May 8th President’s survey indicated that they would not attend the National due to the current COVID-19 virus situation.
  2. The October timeframe of the National, the concern about a possible virus second wave and the fact that, during the period September-October, seventeen (17) other National breed clubs have also cancelled their Nationals, including one in October at our host Holiday Inn hotel.
  3. The possibility that if any Holiday Inn hotel staff, ALAC or other guest should become exposed to Covid-19 while at the hotel, then all guests (including ALAC members) would have to self-quarantine, potentially closing down the National.
  4. Prior to the Board meeting, the Show Chair discussed with the 2020 National Specialty week’s judges the possibility that the shows would be cancelled.

*Please note that the National Show Committee is communicating with the 2020 National judges to ensure that they will be reassigned to judge our National as soon as schedules permit. We will keep the membership fully advised as to these changes.

We would sincerely appreciate your understanding. In the meantime, please stay safe and healthy and do not forget to cancel hotel reservations, car rentals and other reservations you may have made for this special event! 

Wishing you all the best,


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