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    Austin City Limits…

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    We’re only two days away from the Alliance’s 2014 Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas.  Here are a few last minute suggestions for your packing list. Make sure to bring:

    • An open mind – You’ll likely hear some ideas from our speakers that may run counter to your way of thinking or that you believe may not apply to fraternals.  Do your best to set aside your pre-conceived notions and come to each session with a blank slate.  There’s going to be at least one good idea in every general session and workshop that you’ll be able to take home and put to work in your society next week.
    • A pair of boots – We’re in Texas, after all, and you may not be admitted to Saturday evening’s “Round Up” at the hotel without them.  Denim, turquoise, silver belt buckles, and Stetson are also strongly encouraged.
    • A commitment to grow younger – That’s the overarching theme of this meeting and virtually every session – including some of the meal functions – addresses this in some way, shape or form.  And growing younger doesn’t necessarily mean finding ways to attract 20-somethings to your society; it may mean learning how to make participation in local chapters more relevant for busy 35-year olds with two kids and no time.
    •  Support for Caritas – We’ve adopted Caritas as our “charity of choice” for this year’s Annual Meeting because they reflect the shared values of our member societies.  We’re supporting them with the purchase of Modern Woodman Bank gift cards that Caritas can use to help families in need get back on their feet.  I’m in for $500 – which MWA Bank will graciously match – so we’re starting the meeting with $1,000 in the well.  I’d love to get to $10,000 by Saturday afternoon.  We’ll take personal checks for as little as $25 or corporate checks for as much as you’d like to contribute.
    • Your track shoes – This is going to be one fast-paced meeting, so be ready to move quickly from session to session (especially on Saturday morning) so you don’t miss a thing.  We’ll have plenty of grab-and-go food and beverages to help keep your strength up and your brain firing on all cylinders.
    • Lots of questions – Every educational session at the meeting is interactive.  That means that all our speakers will leave time to take questions from the audience.  So don’t be shy – and if you are, just write your question down and one of our staff will ask it for you.

    For those of you unable to join us, we’ll be making many of the educational sessions available in our Online Learning Center soon.  These videotaped workshops are a great way to enjoy the educational content that you missed which can be shared with others at your home office.

    See you in Austin…

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