- SkillsUSA publications were recognized for excellence by Association TRENDS Magazine. Out of over 300 entries, SkillsUSA Champions took silver in quarterly magazines “What is SkillsUSA?” took gold in the informational CD or video category and the revised Professional Development Program took gold in the educational program category.
- On December 10, staff and I visited with the Kansas City Convention and Visitors Association (KCCVA) and with Hartsook, our fund-raising consultants, in Kansas City. Much of our meeting was dedicated to the fund-raising campaign for 2009. We talked about broadening fund raising to a larger area than just Kansas City. The KCCVA is optimistic about new hotels downtown being under construction during the next five years. And, SkillsUSA plans to hold a meeting in January with I-Build, a construction competition for middle-school students that is gaining popularity in Kansas City. Perhaps there are some areas of synergy.
- The Lowe’s grant applications are in for community service and campus improvement projects and staff is busy reviewing all of them to select the finalists. Staff reports there are some good-looking proposals.
- On December 12, we held our annual holiday celebration and staff recognition event with a trip to Washington, D.C. We visited the National Christmas Tree and the National Botanical Garden and then went to marvel at the newly remodeled and just reopened Smithsonian American History Museum. After lunch in D.C. we climbed aboard the motor coach and headed back to the national office to recognize our wonderful staff. It was a great day.
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