We recently had our Winter Board meeting at the Convention Center in Kennewick, and we’re gearing up for another great conference. I have several items to share with you, but I’ll try to keep it brief. I know how busy you all are!
REGISTRATION: If you haven’t yet registered for the conference, now is the time to do it! We have a great line-up of speakers and sessions. Of course, all that you need to know (and on-line registration) is outlined on our website: wacaonline.org.
· Note: There is a spot on the registration form to make special meal requests. Be sure to fill out this section and the banquet folks will try to help out as much as possible.
HOTEL ROOMS: If you haven’t registered for a hotel room, that info is also on the website. The rooms are filling up pretty quickly (we’re hearing reports), which means that we should have a big conference this year! Yeah!
· Note: If you have reserved a hotel room, but haven’t yet registered for the conference, please do that soon. After February 1st, we need to have conference registrations matched with each room registration. If not, they will start contacting people and releasing those rooms to other delegates who need them. (This happened last year too.)
ADVISOR CERTIFICATION: On the website, notice that there is an advisor certification menu. Please consider applying. We had 37 advisors apply last year, and have added more than a dozen this year so far. You can apply anytime, but if you want your certification recognized at the conference, you’ll need to complete the application by February 1st. (EEK! That’s tomorrow!) The certification is nice when working with TPEP, National Board certification, or just being recognized for the amazing work that you do!
PARTNERS: Our partner coordinator Jen Durham is always looking for conference partners. If you have a local vendor that you really like, or a product that you use frequently, let me know and I’ll pass the info on to Jen. She will contact that person/s, and see if they’re interested in being one of our Partners.
PRESENTERS: Area 4, we’ve got some GREAT talent out there! How about presenting a session at the conference? We are currently in need of 10 minute presentations for our Meet the Pros sessions. Please, please consider presenting! We are always looking for sessions focused on our bookkeepers. But delegates have also been asking about topics like: how to transition from summer leadership camp to school, how to partner with administrators to promote school culture, how to creatively repeat programs like Character Strong, etc. The application to present can be found on wacaonline.org!
Okay, that’s enough for now! Look for more specific information about the conference as we get closer (and if you're registered!). Please let me know if you have questions and, as always, please let me know if you are no longer involved with activities and whose name I should add in your place.
Have a wonderful week… Happy Friday Eve!