I hope you are all well on this fine Friday! Ready to enjoy a nice weekend?
We had our Winter Board meeting last weekend at the Convention Center in Kennewick, and we’re gearing up for another great conference. I have lots of items to share with you… too many to put into a single email. So I’ll send just a few items at a time, hopefully all well-timed. ;-) Here goes!
If you haven’t yet registered for the conference, please do so! We have a great line-up of speakers and events. Of course, all that you need to know is outlined on our website: wacaonline.org. The conference registration is there.
- 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.
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 registered for 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.)
- Also note: If your room was reserved by a bookkeeper or secretary or someone else who was reserving several rooms for a group, be sure that there is more than the just the bookkeeper’s name on each room. For example, at RHS, Kari will reserve rooms for Tim, John, and Jim. If “Kari” is the only name on the registration, that would be bad (see above note). If she adds each of our names, that will verify that there are three people attending the conference, each with a conference registration and hotel registration. Make sense? Let me know if you need clarification. ;-)
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. The certification sure is nice when working with TPEP, National Board certification, or just being recognized for the amazing work that you do!
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! Hey, Area 8, how about presenting a session at the conference? Could you present an idea at our Meet the Pros session (a short/10-minute presentation that you repeat several times as delegates “rotate” to you)? Do you have a longer presentation that could occupy a 50 minute session? Please, please consider presenting. We are always looking for presenters for ASB Law and sessions focused on our bookkeepers. But delegates have been asking about topics like: how to transition from summer leadership camp to home school; how to partner with administrators to promote school culture, how to creatively repeat programs like Character Strong. One of our area delegates is looking for a session on curriculum instruction/leadership lessons. Can you help? And remember: we all take ideas, and “tweak” them. We don’t think much of it, but those tweaks are what make them so valuable, and so important to share with others. And hey, that application to present will be found on… yep, you guessed it, wacaonline.org! ;-)
Okay, that’s enough for now! Read this email, complete a couple of the tasks, then relax and have a great weekend!
See you soon!