Hello I’m Chris Kelley President of GVRRID in Western New York.
Hello I’m Rosa Norberg, Co President of RI RID. Hey Chris, why do you not have a solid background?
Chris: Because I’m planning to get my CEUs from HOME!!
Rosa: How are you going to do that?
Chris: Remember during the National Conference last year in Providence, RI we were asked to Co-Chair the Region I Conference scheduled for July 2020 in Brooklyn NY? We were so excited to accept this responsibility. We envisioned the camaraderie, networking, meeting colleagues - and visiting New York CIty. What a great plan!
Rosa: And then…. 2020 happened. We, along with our Committees, were working hard to make this happen in NYC. With the pandemic in full force, our Region was trying to decide how to proceed. Other Regions began canceling their conferences. We felt conflicted. We needed to keep everyone safe while complying with the new laws and regulations surrounding the pandemic At the same time, we had all worked so hard.
Chris: Project Blue Box was born. The CEC (Continuing Education Center at RID HQ) offered us the opportunity to host our Region I Conference 2020….virtually.
Rosa: We are offering “Online October” as our Region I Conference 2020.
Our Theme: “Diversity, Equality & Inclusion “
When: October 8-11 2020
Thursday 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Friday 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM
Sunday 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Chris: The beauty of this Conference is while we maintain social distancing and keep everyone safe; we can also earn 5.4 CEUs. All done while staying at home….in your pajamas if you want!
Rosa: Once you register for the Conference, you have purchased the entire “package”. You will have the choice of three simultaneous workshops. You may opt to join a particular workshop live and interact with participants and presenters, and save the two choices occurring at that time to watch at another time. You could also buy the package and watch all of them at your leisure without having to “attend”.
Chris: You will “own” the package or workshops. If you want to complete them within 2020 to satisfy or CEU cycle if it ends on December 31, 2020, that is your choice. You can also reserve some (or all) to watch until March 31, 2021; therefore they will be applied to the cycle that includes 2021. No matter when your CEU cycle is, this is a win-win. Remember this is the only regional conference this year so it is open to the ENTIRE membership of RID.
Rosa: The registration fee is $150.00. Registration should open within the week. Be on the lookout for that announcement from your local chapters as well as from National.
Chris: Who will be presenting? To name a few, David Evans, Bruce Gitlin and Clara Smit, Regan Thibodeau, Wink and many more. Each of the presenters stood with us while we worked with the unknown. We thank them for their patience and understanding.
Rosa: All of our Committees worked tirelessly to make this happen. The Seminar Committee began working, of course, with the location being NYC. Once the “in person” conference was no longer an option, they accepted the challenge. They made the adjustments and produced an amazing schedule for the FIRST virtual regional conference. The Committee consisted of members with diverse backgrounds and selected workshops that are appealing, and fit our theme. AND - again - this is open to anyone who wants to attend; not just Region I.
Chris: We do hope you enjoy this FIRST EVER Regional virtual Conference.
Rosa: We’ll see you for “Online October”.