Opening General Session/General Membership Meeting

This popular feature provides an opportunity for all meeting attendees to meet and mingle before the education and business sessions begin. Six professional and technical categories are also recognized each year at the AALAS National Meeting for excellence in the field of laboratory animal science. For more information on these awards, click here. The combined Opening General Session and General Membership Meeting takes place on Sunday, October 25, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Charlotte Convention Center. 

In addition, your association leaders will report on the many achievements of the past year, as well as plans for the future. You will also have a chance to mingle with the Board of Trustees and learn about the latest AALAS Foundation activities.

The meeting will close with the Gavel Ceremony, in which 2020 AALAS President Tracy Parker will hand the position over to 2021 AALAS President, Douglas Taylor. A drawing will be held immediately after this ceremony, and five attendees will win a $200 cash prize; attendees must be present to win.

Keynote Speaker

The 2020 Keynote Speaker is Brant Menswar. Brant is the former front man for the critically acclaimed blues and soul band Big Kettle Drum. In addition to being an award-winning musician, he’s also the author of Rock ’N’ Roll With It: Overcoming the Challenge of Change. Brant’s known for helping audiences find inspiration and growth through the lens of rock-and-roll – and modeling the dedication that music fans feel for their favorite artists. Brant’s helped inspire change and influence the collaborative culture of companies like NASA, St. Jude, Netflix, Verizon, Sony Pictures, Hard Rock and dozens of others. His fundraising concerts have raised over a million dollars for non-profit organizations.

Photo courtesy of Keppler Speakers.

Welcome Reception

After the Opening General Session/General Membership Meeting all attendees are invited to a Welcome Reception. The Welcome Reception details are TBA.

District Membership Meetings

District membership meetings are conducted by your district trustees, who are members of the AALAS Board of Trustees. They will lead discussion on recent board decisions, issues, policies, and/or procedures. If you’re not sure about the district to which you belong or who your district trustee is, please use this map  for guidance (e.g., individuals living in the state of Texas would be a resident of District 7).

These meetings will be held on Monday, October 26 starting at 5:15 PM. Check your Final Program for room assignments. Because international members of AALAS do not belong to any of the eight districts, they will have a designated meeting room as well and will meet at the same time as the districts.