A Message from the Co-Chairs
Hello hello hello…. Welcome to Florida Roundup 2022!
After we last were together in March 2020, the world shut down from a strange new virus. For us as a community, we immediately began to find new ways to stay together, stay connected, while having to stay apart for the health and safety of our loved ones and everyone around us. As your Co-Chairs, and Board of Directors entered into somewhat uncharted territory, we stayed hopeful and teachable. Having to make the most difficult decision-cancelling our planned in person conference FRU 2021: Break Free, for health and safety of our entire FRU community. I am reminded that this is not the first time something difficult has come our way, and possibly won’t be the last time we face adversity or something challenging. But that brings me to the word “RESILIENCE”. Here is a description of the word I found that perfectly describes our entire FRU community…
“Resilience is the ability to withstand adversity and bounce back from difficult life events. Being resilient does not mean that people don’t experience stress, emotional upheaval, and suffering. … Resilient people tap into their strengths and support systems to overcome challenges and work through problems.” – (Everydayhealth.com)
As we tap into our strengths and lean into our support networks, we find the courage to “Break FREE”, a very fitting theme of our next conference. We can’t wait to welcome you to our new home in FORT LAUDERDALE BEACH. The Westin, located just across A1A (beach front avenue) from Sebastian Beach, Fort Lauderdale’s famed GAY BEACH! We are SO EXCITED to offer you many of the familiar happenings you have come to love and expect from Florida Roundups over the past three decades. We’re confident that FRU: Break Free 2022 is a great value for 5 awesome days of quality R&R, fellowship, fun in the sun and recovery growth, and we know you will be too. FRU: Break Free 2022 will be such an exciting renaissance- what a time to be alive and SOBER!
In short, we see and feel your COURAGE and your RESILIENCE, and now we simply cannot WAIT to see you in PERSON and welcome you back to your favorite LGBTQIA+ Beachfront Sober conference! See you soon!!!!!
Your 2022 Co-Chairs,
Billy Gall and Joffrey B.