2020-21 Programming Update from the Alumni Ambassadors

2020-21 Programming Update: This year, DI may only offer five Challenges: Technical, Scientific, Fine Arts, Service Learning, and Rising Stars.

Many of you have asked about the possible removal of the Improvisational and Engineering Challenges and have asked how you can submit your feedback to Destination Imagination, Inc.

If you would like to express you thoughts on this potential programming change, please reach out to the following:

Michele-Tuck Ponder, Executive Director
michelep@dihq.org

Johnny Wells, Director of Education
jwells@dihq.org

Louise Liddle, Board of Trustees Chair
lliddle@dihq.org

We look forward to an exciting and creative 2020-21 season.

Post from the Alumni Ambassador Facebook Page.

URGENT GLOBAL FINALS 2020 ANNOUNCEMENT

It is with heavy hearts that we are announcing the cancellation of an in-person Global Finals event in Kansas City, Missouri for this season of Destination Imagination (DI). We made this decision based on guidance from the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control, state and local health officials, states of emergency that have been issued across the globe, the ever-expanding travel restrictions for schools around the world, and in light of the global developments over the past 48 hours.

However, we are excited to announce that we will be hosting a VIRTUAL TOURNAMENT. We are currently working on logistics for this event and we will be sharing information as it is finalized in the next couple of weeks. There will be a cost to participate in the Global Finals 2020 Virtual Tournament, but the cost will be significantly lower than traveling to Kansas City. Do NOT throw your props away!

The Global Finals 2020 Virtual Tournament will be open to ALL Destination Imagination teams. This includes any teams that did not get a chance to compete in their Regional or Affiliate Tournaments, as well as teams that have already competed at a tournament, regardless of the results of that tournament. Since this is a brand new experience for all of us, we want all teams to have the chance to showcase their work.

The Global Finals 2020 Virtual Tournament dates will not coincide with the original Kansas City dates (May 20-23). The submission timeline will be spread out over the summer. We do not have those exact dates planned out at this moment, but we hope to have more information on that soon.

There have been many questions in the past week regarding postponing Global Finals 2020 in Kansas City to a later date. Planning this large-scale, annual event takes a full year to complete and it is impossible for us to move it to a later date. It’s not that we didn’t want to postpone or that we didn’t try; it’s that we do not have that option.

As we said before, we are in unprecedented times. There are a lot of logistics to work out. We also know you have a lot of questions. We thank you for your patience as we work through these details and logistics. Questions will be answered and details will be communicated to our entire DI family as soon as they are available.

Stay tuned for more details!
destinationimagination.com

Region 1 2020 Tournament has been canceled

So as you may have assumed, with the closing of schools and YSU we have had to put a halt on plans for the 2020 Region 1 Tournament at this time.
The Board still feels that if possible, we would like to hold a version of the Regional Tournament sometime prior to Global Finals so our teams can at least perform in front of appraisers and have a chance at a real IC experience. Possibly late April or early May.

As was emailed to many and posted on our Facebook site, 2020 Ohio State Tournament scheduled for April 4 at Centerville, OH was canceled late yesterday afternoon joining multiple Affiliates across the DI world in canceling their Tournaments.

As of today, Global Finals is still going to happen. It will be less Global than we’re used to. Monday, March 16 DII will be letting us know exactly how teams will be selected/invited to go to Kansas City for what will prove to be a very unique GF20.

In the meantime, what do we do?

Teams and Team Managers:
For teams who advanced to the Affiliate Tournament, DO NOT DISCARD YOUR PROPS and continue practicing your solutions and ICs! In the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing information about how teams can qualify to represent Ohio at DI Global Finals in Kansas City, May 20-23. State-qualifying teams will be getting more information about Globals from our Affiliate Director, Cinda Weisgerber.

Now, Region 1 is unique in Ohio as we are the only Region that didn’t get their Regional Tournament completed. To quote OKC President Nate; “Region 1 teams…we are working on some options for all of your teams too! Stay tuned!”

Appraisers and Volunteers:
To our registered Appraisers and Volunteers, THANK YOU for your support of our program. As mentioned above we would still like to have a “showcase” Tournament for our teams late in April or early in May, after all, we have programs, t-shirts, and Trophies to get rid of as well as three bins of the most fun IC Challenges we’ve had in years, so it would be a shame to waste it all.

Our board has worked long and hard on getting this together just as our teams have worked hard on their challenges. This has been a hard decision for all of us.
We want every single team member to know that this was a really tough decision for us. We know that it stinks! You have amazed and dazzled us with your creativity so far this year, and we can’t wait to see your awesome solutions later this spring, and in 2021!

Please stay safe and healthy.

Thanks for doing DI!
Ohio Kids for Creativity Region One
Sponsors of Destination Imagination in NE Ohio

News about the Tournament cancellation at YSU

Please stay tuned for developments.  Please visit our facebook page for the latest updates.

Recent Facebook post:

As you should no doubt be aware, YSU has closed it’s doors to all outside events including the 2020 Region 1 Tournament.
Your Regional Board has been checking on various scenarios and alternatives.

As of right now, all we can say is we will be postponing the Tournament to Saturday 3/21. Members of the board will be visiting our alternate site on Friday. Expect further communications about the 2020 Region 1 tournament late Friday or early Saturday. That communication will have details on what we’re planing. In the meantime keep the teams practicing and enhancing their solutions.

Message From the Director of Kilcawley- YSU

Important Message from the Director of Kilcawley Center.

When setting up and tearing down, I ask that you remind the DI staff and volunteers of the following:
Kilcawley Center is a conference/student center and our rooms have various finishes and flooring. The ONLY tape permitted to be used is masking tape, and you are only permitted to tape with masking tape to the cinder block walls and laminated doors. No one is permitted to tape to the glass, carpet, floors, wallpaper and drywall throughout the building and under no circumstance is scotch, duct, or packing tape permitted to be used anywhere in the center. We just recently hand several hallways, lobbies, and rooms painted.
Lastly, I ask that you remind the staff and volunteers to remind the DI participants, families, and friends that they are guests of the University and to be respectful of the building and campus, and to use caution when moving in and out props or decorations. In the past, we have had larger items damage walls, ceilings, and chandlers, and if they are looking to dispose of the aforementioned props, to ask the Kilcawley Center and cleaning staff for assistance. If dumpster space allows, we will be happy to accommodate the request. Please contact me with any questions or concerns. Thanks!
John L. Young
Kilcawley Center

Schedule 2020

Region 1 Tournament

March 14, 2020

Youngstown State University

 All Files are in PDF Format

SCHEDULE

Kilcawley Center - James Gallery

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Beeghly Center - Upper Short Deck Room 325

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Kilcawley Center - Ohio Room

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Beeghly Center - Upper Short Deck Room 325

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REVISED AGAIN MARCH 5, 2020 - TYPO
Kilcawley Center- Humphrey Coffelt

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Kilcawley Center - Humphrey Coffelt

SCHEDULE

REVISED AGAIN MARCH 5, 2020 - TYPO
Kilcawley Center - Ohio Room

February 2020 Board Meeting

The Board will meet on Tuesday, 11 February 2020

7:00 pm meeting (6:30 pm to order dinner if you want it)

Agenda-2020-02

Financial Report will be emailed.

Location:
Denny’s Restaurant

Meeting room in Back
4020 Belmont Avenue
Liberty Township

January 2020 Board Meeting

The Board will meet on Thursday, 7 January 2020

7:00 pm meeting (6:30 pm to order dinner if you want it)

Agenda-2020-01

Financial Report will be emailed.

Location:
Denny’s Restaurant

Meeting room in Back
4020 Belmont Avenue
Liberty Township

December 2019 Board Meeting

The Board will meet on Tues, 10 December 2019

7:00 pm meeting (6:30 pm to order dinner if you want it)

Agenda-2019-12

Financial Report will be emailed.

Location:
Denny’s Restaurant

Meeting room in Back
4020 Belmont Avenue
Liberty Township