Finally, the dates and set and plans are made! After three long years, WSSRA members will gather September 12 – 14 at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound for our organization’s 75th Anniversary convention and celebration. This will be our first convention at a west side location in over a decade.
And what an event it will be!
With three keynoters, and more leadership training sessions scheduled than in the past, the agenda should offer something for every member. Plus, with 75th Anniversary celebratory events and acknowledgments occurring all three days, long-time convention goers will be able to relive memories from the past.
As for the keynoters, we have
- Chris Reykdal, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, will open the convention Monday with a look ahead of what will be happening in K-12 to get us back on track after two-plus years of COVID.
- On Tuesday morning, Mary Kae Repp from Genesis Marketing in Spokane, will speak about ways to attract and maintain membership in the post-COVID era. With all of us struggling to find new members to lead us into the next decade, Mary Kae has ideas for consideration. In addition, she will walk us through how to revive volunteering in a time when increasing numbers of retirees prefer staying home.
- Finally, on Tuesday afternoon, Dave Iseminger, Director of the Employee and Retiree Benefits Division of the Health Care Authority, and Ellen Wolfhagen, Senior Accounts Manager at HCA, will present on the recently announced large cost increase in the 2023 Uniform Medical Plan (Classic) Medicare supplement, and comparisons with other PEBB supplement plans.
- In addition, we have breakout sessions offered that will focus on the uses of social media in communicating with tech-savvy members, the ABC’s of using Zoom for remote meetings, a 75-year look-back to Association history and accomplishments, and an AMBA update. Traditional committee-based leadership training sessions are on the docket for Wednesday morning.
Of course, the convention will be filled with opportunities for social interaction, and will include times to celebrate unit achievements in 2021-22, acknowledge the work of WSSRA leadership at the state and local level, pay homage to those who have passed away, and complete the leadership transition from 2021-22 President Bruce Boyer to 2022-23 President Brad Beal.
As for COVID precautions, we are encouraging masking where possible and appropriate. In addition, we encourage those who have chosen to not be vaccinated to stay home. For those who choose not to attend due to COVID risks, we will be taping keynote speeches and posting videos on the WSSRA website.
We’ll see you in Grand Mound on September 12!