International Recognition Days Updates

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Memo from the President RE: Changes to International Recognition Days 2020-21

(Last updated May 13, 2020 at 9:40 a.m. Central time)

IRD Postponed Until July 2021

After many conversations with all who took part in planning IRD 2020, including officials from New York, I am announcing TOPS International Recognition Days (IRD) is canceled for 2020 but will take place July 23-24, 2021, in Niagara Falls.

I personally wish to thank the IRD Central Committee, Event Chairmen, Globetrotter Travel, the Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls and the hotel managers who are carrying the TOPS IRD flag forward into 2021. Their labors started almost three years ago, and their efforts need to be applauded. 

While more details need to be worked out, here are some very important facts you need to know right now:

  1. 2019 State and Provincial Kings and Queens, International Royalty and International Division Winners as well as 25- and 50-year KOPS Longevity Award Winners will be recognized at local events this year.

  2. All 2019 honorees will also be invited to attend IRD 2021, along with their counterparts from 2020, as long as they maintain eligibility according to TOPS Rules.

  3. IRD 2020 registration fees will be automatically refunded at the end of May. Allow a week for mailing if you paid by check (2-3 weeks for Canada).

  4. Globetrotters will cancel hotel reservations they made on your behalf for 2020. As of September 1, 2020, you will be able to make IRD 2021 reservations. The same hotels will be available.

On behalf of the TOPS Club Inc. Board of Directors, HQ Staff, Field Staff and the IRD Central Committee, we appreciate your patience as we navigate through these tough times. We will get through this together. As John Wooden said, “Things turn out the best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out.”

Sincerely TOPS,

Rick Danforth
TOPS Club Inc. President

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