Recollections #1

Joan Hellman and Dave Humphreys

When did we start having the conferences? and where have they been located from the beginning one through 1997?

We started in 1991 (after the National Conference was in Chicago in February).
1991 Aurora, IL
1992 Aurora, IL
1993 Beloit, WI (organized by Ian Shaw, a student at Beloit College at the time)
1994 East Lansing, MI
1995 Minneapolis (actually, Bloomington, MN)
1996 Madison, WI
1997 Grand Rapids, MI
1998 Wadsworth, OH
1999-2000 Lake Geneva, WI
2001-2002 Hickory Corners, MI

Who had the original idea and why did we start having the conferences?

The big conference (not so big then) was in Chicago in February 1991. The next few were going to be far away from Chicago and we felt the one hour regional meeting was valuable and should be continued.

That year, I believe Saturday dinner and the showcases were in the same room – anyway, there were big round tables. We continued to meet after the regional session, and decided to hold the conference. Ten of us each put $10 on the table as seed money. Now I bet you want me to remember who was at the table. You’d better check with a lot more people on this.
Here’s a guess:
Juel Ulven
Judy Barlas (ask Judy for memories)
Lois Lubin
Mike Yuhas (pretty sure)
Vikki Appleton (pretty sure)
Joel Mabus (showcasing)
Alan Shaw (pretty sure)
Ian Shaw
Margaret and Phil ?
Amy Beth ?

Some folks from Rockford
Joann and Lee Murdock?
Phyllis Barney – she was living in LaCrosse at the time.

Who have been the movers and shakers for the conferences up until 1999?

In addition to those above, Deane & Roger Bella-Plaxton when it was in Grand Rapids. Victoria Parks, and other folks in Wadsworth. Walt Campbell (later); Mike Fleischer

Was there an initial “mission” statement?

I don’t think we were that formal. We wanted to put on a conference.

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