The Emporia Area Chamber and Visitors Bureau regretfully announces the postponement of the 124th Annual Meeting. “This was a difficult decision to make,” said Jeanine McKenna, President/CEO of the Emporia Area Chamber. “We had every intention of holding the meeting on Friday, January 21.

“However, in watching the number of COVID cases increase at an alarming level, participating in Lyon County Health meetings and the special meeting by the Lyon County Commission, and noting how many of our member businesses have reached out to us, we have made the difficult decision to postpone our event. The Emporia Gazette once again stepped up to underwrite the event, which was sold out to a crowd of over 380 attendees. With current recommendations of masking and limiting events to a 40% occupancy level of the event space, we just felt we needed to step up and make the tough call.”

“We just did not feel we could implement the proper protocols to keep everyone safe,” continued McKenna. “The business community is concerned about keeping their employees healthy and their doors open. Holding our Annual Meeting does not feel like the responsible thing to do at this time. We are the leader and voice of Emporia’s business community, and we need to proceed in that manner.”

No official future date has been set for this special event at this time. All sponsors and attendees are currently being contacted. Questions can be directed to Chamber President/CEO Jeanine McKenna at 620-342-1600.