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National Leadership Conference
Nashville, TN
June 24-27, 2009

2009 Daily Updates

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Tuesday, June 23, marked the preliminary day for the 2009 National HOSA Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tennessee.  Even though the conference officially begins Wednesday, event staff and volunteers were busy preparing HOSA headquarters and Competitive Events headquarters for the arrival of 6,3000 conference delegates, judges, VIPs, and guests.

The Competitive Events staff met all day preparing for the upcoming 57 events with over 4,500 competitors.  The Competitive Events staff has worked hard to ensure all competitive events run as smoothly as possible over the next week.

Newly elected state officers spent the morning in a Leadership Academy with Mark Burley.  This interactive workshop was designed to prepare new officers for the tasks that lie ahead of them as HOSA leaders. 

Mark Burley also led an afternoon Advanced Leadership Academy for state officers who have already participated in officer training.  This workshop was designed to enhance leadership skills such as critical thinking, time management, and goal setting.

At 3 p.m. state advisors gathered to count conference pins, session tickets, and programs during state advisor registration.  A special dinner meeting for state advisors allowed advisors catch up with old friends and receive some well-deserved praise for their service to HOSA.   HOSA thanks David Richardson, President of Applied Technologies, for the sponsorship of this dinner and support of HOSA.

After a long day of traveling by buses, planes and cars, students, advisors, and guests were happy to reach their final destination in Nashville, Tennessee.  Because of record-breaking conference attendance, HOSA delegates have fully occupied the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, the Gaylord Radisson Hotel, and the Hampton Inn in Nashville.

Tuesday evening, twenty outstanding individuals began the national officer screening, attended an orientation session and completed the officer examination.  At 11 p.m. an interview schedule was posted for qualifying candidates. 

To end the day, the National Executive Council hosted a reception for state presidents.  The reception was a great opportunity for state presidents to meet one another and share ideas amongst old and new friends. 

It has been a great day for HOSA and everyone here in Nashville is excited about the 32nd Annual National Leadership Conference!

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