The Top Ten Professional Improvement Reasons to Attend National Conference

The professional Improvement Committee is excited to have you attending the 1998 NAE4-HA National Conference in Louisville, Kentucky in early November! The conference committee has worked hard to have an educational, fun week that will motivate you and give you solid information and ideas for use back home. If you haven’t registered for the conference yet, there’s still a small window of opportunity! The last date to register is October 15!

The professional Improvement Committee has come up with a top ten list for attending the national conference:

1) Table Topics! While eating your box lunch on Monday you can choose a topic that interests you, including: 

  • Maintaining “identity” in partnerships
  • PRK: How states are using it.
  • Empowering teen & adult volunteers.
  • Emerging issues in 4-H.
  • Risk Management strategies.
  • Getting & Keeping “limited resource” volunteers.
  • Certification of 4-H professionals.
  • Balancing work & family.

2) Local author Liz Curtis Higgs will start the conference off Sunday night with humor an ideas on finding true happiness in our work world.

3) Leadership development workshops for state presidents and president elects on Sunday afternoon will help members gain leadership skills and learn more about the national association.

4) Pre-conference tours are fun, but educational, too. Visiting Mammoth Cave or historic Louisville could lead to ideas of educational tours in your own area for 4-H members and leaders.

5) Poster sessions open on Monday! In a short amount of time conference participants can gain ideas for new programs without having to reinvent the wheel.

6) Association committee meetings are a great learning place! Here’s where a person can focus on their special interest and make an impact on NAE4-HA! Meetings will be held Monday and Tuesday afternoons, so please attend!

7) Well known author and speaker Jennifer James will discuss new ways of thinking as we approach the next century. I highly recommend seeing James – she’s a great speaker!

8) Lots of terrific workshops! Here’s where you can get in-depth on a topic and take home something to use right away! Many of our peers and several people from outside 4-H have great information, strategies, and programs to share.

9) Commercial exhibits! There are lots of educational materials from companies and organizations in the exhibit area. Don’t miss out on free materials and new ideas!

10) Closing keynote speaker Milton Creagh will share how we can create a supportive environment for youth.

by Tammy Skubinna, Chair