We understand that some of our delegates are headed to Chicago as early as tomorrow, so we want to get several pieces of information to you before then.
- Office hours: The NEOEA office will be open on Monday and Tuesday, June 27-28, from 8:30 to 4:00. The office will close at the end of business on Tuesday and will reopen on Wednesday, July 6. I will check telephone messages left on the office telephones periodically while we are away.
- Auxiliary staff: As in the past, NEOEA has arranged for a volunteer to act as auxiliary staff for the Annual Meeting. This year’s Annual Meeting auxiliary staff is Jené Wilson. You’ll see Jené at the NEOEA table during the Ohio caucuses.
- Bus to Chicago: We are still working out the pickup and drop-off points and checking with the bus company to verify times. We anticipate sending this information out by email on Monday, June 27.
- RA shirts: Most delegates ordered their shirts last month and picked them up in Columbus on June 4. Those who have ordered shirts since then can pick them up at the caucus on June 1.
- NEOEA caucus: Northeastern Ohio delegates will meet briefly on Friday, July 1, at the end of the first Ohio caucus. President Becky Higgins will announce the location at the Ohio caucus.
- Tommy Gun’s Garage: Jené will be distributing wrist bands and transportation details at the Ohio caucuses, probably not until July 3, the date of the event itself. We still have a few tickets available. Please do not mail any payments to the office: they may not arrive before we close the office.
- Communication with delegates: Not too long ago, email on the road seemed exotic, but now it’s become common for delegates to check their email regularly at the Annual Meeting. We anticipate sending further email updates and announcements.
- NEOEA blog: Even if you don’t check email, you may wish to check the NEOEA blog periodically at http://NEOEA.WordPress.com. (But then, if you’re here, you know that.) All of these email announcements are posted there. In addition, Bill posts daily updates in a column he calls “Notes from Camp,” and both delegates at the Annual Meeting and members staying home tell us they have found it worthwhile. By the way, a blog is supposed to be a “social” medium, so feel free to post your own comments there.
It probably goes without saying, but we’ll say it anyway: travel safely!