Happy New Year. I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season as we ushered in 2011.
Plans are well under way for this year's conference. Please refer to the website for schedule, which is a work in progress. It is never too early to register or reserve your rooms, so please do so early. REMEMBER, the conference date has been moved to June 6th through the 10th this year, so plan accordingly. Due to the economy and budget constraints we will be scaling back some things this year to keep our costs down, so please be patient and understanding. This will enable our organization to continue quarterly trainings throughout the year.
This will more than likely be our last conference with the Hyatt Grand Manchester as we search for venues that are not quite so costly. It is with much sadness we leave these venues as the Hyatt has been a good friend to CAHN hosting our conferences over the past several years. Unfortunately the costs continue to rise as our economy continues to suffer. We are looking at a northern venue for 2012 of South Lake Tahoe as well as moving the date to September/October to coincide with the budget year. Our hope is by moving the conference to the beginning of the budget year it will enable more teams to obtain the funds to attend rather than scrape and the end of the budget year. We may revisit some older incidents in future conferences as we have a group of new negotiators who may have not had the extensive training from Waco to Ruby Ridge and even the Montana incidents. If you have any questions or input, please don't hesitate to contact your state or regional board member.
There are several positions that will be available on your regional and state board. Please think about getting involved in your regional boards as "new blood" is always welcome. In order to be a state board member you must serve time on your regional board first to understand the workings of the boards.
As always, this is your association and your input is valuable. Please let us know what you would like to see in the future and how we are doing.