It's that time of year, time for Annual Convention for NCRA. This year we're at the Hilton Chicago - as we were a few years ago (2004) and the hotel is wonderful! What a great location and a wonderful professional opportunity.
This year I came early to watch the Board of Directors meeting and then to participate in the election of officers. Then, of course, comes the actual educational experience.
This opportunity to meet with our fellow colleagues from across the country only happens once or twice a year - and it is so worthwhile. Friends you make at convention become lifelong friends. Friends you've made on chat boards are finally "flesh and bone" and you can connect all over again, in person. Governance of your professional organization - strong participation by members - is available! Challenging skills tests - realtime and speed - are also available for you to see just what you can do. Banquets, cocktail parties, plenary sessions, small groups. The opportunities are endless.
For me, I'm really looking forward to it. Except there's this pesky little speech I still have to finalize. I have until Wednesday night (want to give the CART provider some time, anyway) to wrap it up. I'll see you back around in a couple of days, probably; sooner if I get that speech done!
Come play in Chicago, NCRA members! It's an opportunity you don't want to miss.