Another great D7 conference is in the books. If you attended, please make sure to fill out the online feedback form. This conference had many changes in it. I believe that most of the changes were good though there were a few lessons learned. It takes a great team to accomplish such a large event.
This is the first in a few post to wrap up the conference. Most importantly is a thank you for the conference team and all the volunteers who help out. It takes a huge number of people to pull of the event and I owe each of them a HUGE thank you for making the day a success.
On the day of the event, the first volunteers show up before the sun comes up and the final volunteer leaves long after the sun has gone down. Even if you can’t dedicate the time to be a member of the conference planning team, be a helper on the day of the event, come early, stay late, be an introducer, or a speaker, lots of opportunities at the event. Here is a quick run down of the day of helpers, a big thank you to all the specific people that I mention and the ones that I’ll accidentally miss.
- Waiting to greet everyone when they arrive is a team of registration helpers (Jacqueline , Simon, Vikki, and Rhonda, and the credentials team (Jim, Melissa, and Thomas)
- 10 speakers delivered great sessions for us during the day
- 9 area governors and members handling introductions(Sarah, Karen, Chris, Bob, Ellen, Michelle, Ted, Cathey, and Cathy)
- Each contest has a special group of helpers. 9 or more judges (I’ll avoid sharing their names), two timers (Cathy and Marylil), Sergeant at Arms (Brian, Daniel, and one more), Ballot counters, our award presentation helper, and a contest toastmaster (Michelle and Donna).
- What would a contest be without the 9 contestants (Congratulations James and Eric on your wins!).
- Our videographer is there to ensure that we have recordings of the event for use later.
- There are also a number of auxiliary people such as Harvey, (our historian who sets up an incredible display), Marsha, Allen, Gabrielle, and several others involved with the prison club raffle drawings that have such a great benefit.
That is about 75 members involved in making the conference happen on the day of the event, and without these people, we couldn’t pull the conference off. A huge thank you to all of the members who show up and help out.
Behind the scenes, another group exists that dedicate their time and energy for many phone calls, site visits, emails, and even in person meetings when needed. This group is the core conference team. They work together for several months to make each event memorable. They also miss out on some or all of the days events however each still buys a ticket to the event.
- Leanna Lindquist, Conference Director
- Gladys Boutwell, Education Director
- Candy Deane, Assisted managing speakers
- Alan Finkemeier, Assisted managing rooms
- Dick Moser, Audio, Visual, Stage, and Room Layout specialist
- PJ Klefner, Registration Coordinator
- Scott Stevenson, Credentials Coordinator
- Traci Martel, Contest Chair
- Erik Bergman, Chief Judge
- Brenda Parsons, Webmaster
- Lisa Hutton, District PRO
- Rose Wellman DG, and Phyllis Harmon LGM
If you are interested in gaining leadership experience, the conference planning team is an incredible opportunity to do so. Being a part of the conference team is how I got my real start into district service. I met an incredible number of people who have supported me on my journey. Contact me if you are interested in this or other opportunities within the district.
One of my goals this year is to provide insight on what we learned from the feedback from our major events. My next post will talk about the responses received from the online feedback form. Please take a moment to fill it out if you attended and haven’t yet provided your feedback.