Dear Bear Hunt Attendees and CBL Members
It is with great disappointment that the Bear Hunt planning committee and CBL Board of Directors must announce that Bear Hunt XXI is canceled. While the availability of a Covid vaccination is promising, there are many unknowns. With current restrictions we wouldn't be able to have the event in the way that we've all known and loved for so long, and we can only guess at what restrictions and ordinances might be in place in April.
Unfortunately, we don't have the option to wait until the event date gets closer to make this decision. Since our last Bear Hunt, Wyndham rentals (managed Oceana Resort) was bought by Vacasa, and their system transition will be effective 1/6/20. That means we have to make a decision about the event and opt for a 2022 contract by 1/4/21. Your safety and the integrity of the event is too important to risk so we are making this difficult and incredibly disappointing decision.
For those who rolled over their room deposit to 2021, Vacasa will again forward your deposit to 2022 or credit your deposit to a stay of your choice. Those who bought the vacation protection package when they made their reservation have the option of getting a refund of their room deposit. Many of you opted to forward your event fee to 2021. If you would like to forward again to 2022 or if you would like a refund of your event fee please let us know.
Please know that we value you and all the joy and camaraderie that you've brought to Bear Hunt. We will be planning 2022 and look forward to hearing from you and hopefully seeing you soon. All the best to you for a safe and Happy 2021.
“I know what it is like to be called a n#4^r and I know what it is like to be called a f#4^@t. I can tell you the difference in one word – none.”There is undeniable truth to the quote, but it is not the whole truth and nothing but the truth. It does a great disservice to sharing the Black experience in America. It significantly diminishes the trauma and oppression Black people have endured from slavery to the terror of white supremacists/KKK to Jim Crow to present-day mass incarceration, police brutality and across the board disparities on every quality-of-life measurement. This also holds true for issues of great concern to the LGBTQ+ community as well.
All people of goodwill in America need to commit to engaging in a movement to fulfill the promise of America — a perfect union with liberty and justice for Blacks. That is when we will truly know all lives matter.
We all have a responsibility to be good citizens in our communities.
I am generally proud of our membership, and would like to remain so in times of stress and uncertainty like this. One of the things that the board really emphasized on throughout this pandemic was public safety - we didn't want to let the world see groups of bears going out to events, not performing best practices to keep everyone safe. Be responsible for yourself, but also for all of us - so in the future we can enjoy the camaraderie of our members safely together again soon.
There’s already entirely too much animosity towards social aspect of our events, and anything we can do to help stop the stigma will only pay back in dividends. There are also a LOT of people who are desperate for things to get back to normal. We are human beings and touch is an important thing. I'm certain there are many of us who miss the hugs and kisses associated with welcoming friends, myself included.
We will begin to slowly and cautiously introduce our upcoming events, which will include strategies for safety. Hoping to follow the guidelines of the healthcare community and to lead by example. Now, it’s your time to shine and do just that - for yourself, for those you care about, and for the sake of our LGBTQ community.
Be safe, Be well.
Javier - Webmaster
Mr. Bear Hunt
Please welcome Daryl Cates
the winner of Mr. Bear Hunt 2019! Daryl originally hails from South Carolina. He is an award winning Florist.
James Martin Lifetime Membership & Billy Wolfe Leadership Award
given to a club member who contributed greatly to the Carolina Bear Lodge and to the Bear community of the Carolinas over an extended period of time.
given to a club member who has demonstrated outstanding leadership for the Carolina Bear Lodge during the current year.