Hello again and welcome to the March President’s Message! As most of you know, we are finalizing the plans for the 60th Annual NHPPA Conference. The Conference is the highlight of our year, and is a large undertaking, involving several board members and volunteers, speakers, budgets, and generous donations. In case you haven’t heard, the Conference will take place at the Margate Resort in Laconia, from April 26 – 29.
As President, I have chosen “70’s Style” as the theme for this year. I grew up listening to 70’s music,and it is still my favorite musical genre. The 70’s were a great time to be a kid, and I am looking forward to the various costumes, and of course, the music! With most of the hard work done, it is now your part.
Be sure to book your rooms at the Margate, plan your costume, sign up for a food donation, gather valuable items to donate for the auction, and most importantly, prepare your Image Competition files. If you attended the Mini Print Critique last month, you now have a good idea of what the judges are looking for.
This year, we are shifting the schedule forward by a half day, here is the detailed link: https://www.nhppa.com/conference Our first speaker, Rachael Boer, CPP, will begin her program at 1:30, kicking off the Conference. Image Competition will run Friday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, and start again Saturday morning, continuing until completed. This will make for a shorter duration on Saturday, allowing more free time until the pizza party at 5:00.
Sunday’s program will be with Maria Sampaio, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., CPP. An important note for Sunday is the shortened lunch time, only being a half hour, due to Maria’s travel requirements. Her program will end at 3:00, earlier than usual, which will again allow for more free time for everyone to get ready for the Group photo at 5:30 and the Awards Banquet at 6:00.
Monday’s program will be a half day, not the full day that we have had in the past. This will feature Paul Nguyen, from 9:00 to noon. From listening to member feedback, this was preferable, allowing everyone to get on the road by mid-day. In addition to the scheduled programs, each evening will be “our time” to socialize in Blackstone’s Lounge. This is always a great time to visit with friends, as well as get to know the judges and speakers. We have the room to ourselves, bringing our own food, beverages, and music.
Let’s make the 60th Annual Conference another great time, I hope to see all of you there!
Jim Carlen, M.Photog., CPP, A.C.Ph.