Well, we’re just a week away from the WACA conference. The schedule is in place, the speakers are ready, the entertainment has been arranged, and the class sessions are full. I’m looking forward to seeing you all. Area 8 will have about 40 people in attendance… yeah!
Some final details to your conference planning:
#1: Attire - The conference is very casual; jeans and a t-shirt usually work very well. Since our theme is Tune in to Leadership, how about bringing a concert/music shirt to wear on Thursday (where is that Barry Manilow shirt from the 2005 concert at the fairgrounds?). And Friday, we try to show off our school colors, so find some spirit gear from your school. Some people like to dress a bit nicer for the Thursday evening awards banquet, but that is very optional.
#2: Area Give-Aways - In the past few years, delegates have brought items for our give-away baskets. You bring an item, and I give you a ticket. In this way, we build a nice basket. Then, at the final area meeting, we draw a ticket to choose a winner for each basket. How’s that? ;-) This year, we have:
- Chocolate basket: bring your favorite chocolate to donate to the basket. This is a great drawing at the last area meeting. (We usually provide security so that you can get the chocolate safely to your car!!)
- Movie basket: bring a favorite DVD and/or your favorite movie treat to add to the basket.
- Since we live in wine country around here, we also do an informal grape beverage exchange (“bring a bottle, take a bottle”). Bring a bottle of your favorite grape “juice” and set it on the table. At the end of the conference, take a different bottle home. (Note: I always provide some sparkling cider, and Tim Turner always selects a high-quality boxed beverage.)
#3: Clock Hours - Recall that 10 clock hours are available at the close of the conference. The sign-in will be quick, but please plan for a few minutes to complete that task.
#4: Area Meeting #2 - I’ve had three advisors from Area 8 ask if we could discuss components of our leadership classes, with particular emphasis on advanced or second year students. Could you please come prepared to share some of your great ideas? We’ll do that informally at our second area meeting (on Thursday morning).
#5: Area 8 Social!! - On Wednesday evening, after the conference day wraps up (around 8:30pm), we have reservations for a social at Proof GastroPub. It’s a short walk (about 3 blocks) from the Convention Center. I’ve worked with their staff and arranged for a variety of appetizers for us. You’ll have to take care of your beverages, and we’ll all have some fun on the fourth floor cityscape overlook room (I just made up that name). Should be fun!
All right, that should do until we see each other next Wednesday. Until then, have a great week!