Spring State Conferences Were Outstanding
The week of April 27 brought an end to my state spring conference tour, and I finished on two high notes in Wisconsin and Ohio. The Wisconsin conference opening ceremony was held in cooperation with HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America). Registration was up over last year, and there was a lot of business support. As a matter of fact, I believe every contest was run by industry. There were 2,000 members at an efficient and quickly run awards ceremony. Using the theme, “Membership Makes Us Strong,” Wisconsin’s membership is up 17 percent this year. Congratulations to Brent Kindred, Lauri Domer and Dale Drees for a great conference. It was also great to see Peggy Plowman of Michigan at the conference working on building the alumni association.
The Ohio conference is always a big event. The conference is now filling all of the major buildings at the Ohio State Fairgrounds in Columbus. State association director Mike Cowles hosted lots of VIPs this year from the Department of Education, the mayor’s office, the National Guard, and Lowe’s store managers from around the district. Mike has adopted the national model for VIPs by holding VIP tours during the morning of the championships followed by a luncheon. One of the “firsts” during this year’s conference was the election of the first college/postsecondary president in Ohio history. Congratulations to Mike and his team for an outstanding conference.