October Provender News

October 16th 2017

from the desk of Vicki Reich, Executive Director.

The 41st Annual Provender Educational Conference was a great success!  If you attended, I hope you agree.  A quick perusal of the giant stack of workshop evaluations on my desk seem to indicate that attendees really enjoyed the workshops.  The food was stellar as always (the only complaint I heard was it was so good that people ate too much).  We had two truly inspiring keynote presenters.  The snack room was above and beyond (so many munchies!).  The volunteers and worktrade folks did their jobs so well, I didn’t give any of it a second thought.  The weather was practically perfect.  And the hotel staff took awesome care of all of us.  What more could you ask for?  I know I left feeling educated and inspired to continue making Provender Alliance a vibrant, responsive, and effective membership organization.

To help continue the momentum built up over the three days of the conference, we are trying something new this year.  Our new membership software, Wild Apricot, allows us to host member-only forums.  We’ve started a forum for every workshop held at the conference.  Many of the forums have the presentation files given at each workshop (more presentations will be added as presenters send them in).  Members who weren’t able to attend the conference or who went to different workshops can find out what they missed.   All members can participate in the discussions that evolve around these forums.  We can continue to educate and inspire each other all year long.

To access the forums, you must be a Provender member or work for a Provender member.  The forums are located here. You must be logged in to see them (click on the blue icon in the upper right hand corner to log in).  If you have any trouble logging in to the forums, please contact me and I’ll make sure you have access.

This was not my first Provender Conference (I’ve been attending on and off since 1995) but it was the first Conference I was responsible for organizing and overseeing.  I can now tell you that the conference wouldn’t happen without the help of a whole lot of dedicated people.  It took a village to make this event happen.  I want to thank everyone who lent a hand, or a shoulder or their entire self.  Let’s do it again next year!