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Title: Atlantic Regional CURAC Conferences

Atlantic Regional CURAC Conferences
  • -Randy Barkhouse
  • Association of Dalhousie Retirees and
  • Pensioners (ADRP)

Six Atlantic Region CURAC ConferencesHave Been
  • Our Motivation
  • Can Focus on Regional Concerns
  • More Members Can Attend
  • Alternative/supplement to National with increased
    local participation and less expense (20
    registration plus travel cost)

Why Not To Hold A Regional Conference
  • Could Diminish National Conference Rationale
  • Regional Conferences Consume Energy to Organize
    and Host That Could Be Used on Purely Member
    Association Interests

Requirements for a Regional Conference
  • Must be A 2-way Street
  • Give something (participate) to get something
    (helpful ideas to use in your own association)
  • Birds of a Feather Principle
  • Inexpensive to Host and Attend
  • Single Day
  • Rooted in Active Associaions, Not a Susbstitute
    for Them
  • Include National CURAC Participation

Organizing Committee
  • Large Enough to Do the Job
  • Small Enough to Stay Focused
  • Preparation No More Than a 5-Month Process
  • Meetings Every Two Weeks
  • Chair, Treasurer, Program, Sponsorship, Venue,
    Food, Registration, Web Site

Atlantic Regional Conferences
  • Lessons Learned
  • An event champion is essential (e.g.Tarun Ghose)
  • Draft a budget and stick to it
  • More roundtable, featured speaker on main theme
  • Long breaks for post session discussion
  • Make next host identification a core agenda item
  • Permanent steering committee of assoc.
  • The ideal venue is
  • AV-equipped Classroom with adjacent reception and
    dining facilities
  • Web site essential for pre-conference
    documentation (map, program, registration)
  • Official languages service can be a challenge

5th Atlantic ConferenceOctober 1, 2011
  • As ADRP Head I was co-host
  • Disclaimer
  • I was shielded from most of the conference
  • Also was pre-occupied a bit by being on the
    Organizing Committee for an Overlapping
    International Athletics Event
  • No performance enhancing drug process at a
    regional conference
  • Geraldine Thomas of SMURA looked after the
    facility procurement, catering arrangements, and
    most on-site services in the Sobey Business
  • I may have understated conference hosting effort
    as a consequence

Atlantic Regional Conferences
  • Questions?