Thursday, June 13, 2013

“Wear a pedometer” and Other Things to Expect at NLC

By Allison Kreifels, NCT, 12-13 NECA

Whether this is your first or fiftieth FCCLA National Leadership Conference, you have an exciting time ahead of you in Nashville, Tennessee, July 5-11.  The National Executive Council, National Consultant Team, and National Staff have been working hard to ensure that this conference will truly be an event in one of the neatest venues available.

When I decided to write this blog, all I could think of was how my first NLC in Nashville went.  When my luggage handle broke halfway through the first of the three atriums I had to travel through, I quickly realized the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center was unlike any other.  So, hopefully, this entry will give you some information of what to expect with not only the venue but the many events going on at the 2013 FCCLA National Leadership Conference.

Dress Code
The dress code for all sessions has been published in the original conference mailings and is also available on the website.  This dress code which was established by the Board of Directors allows for a professional appearance by all members and markets our organization positively. 

Different main sessions
If you have been to NLC before, this one might throw you for a loop.  This year, there will actually be 2 opening sessions and your attendance will depend on which region you belong to.  Opening and Closing Sessions will be split but the Business Session will remain as one session. 

Walking a long distance
Walking a lot just comes with NLC but at this venue, it’s down to a science!  The beautiful Gaylord Opryland Hotel features gardens that any master gardener would envy and great walking paths.  Learn the short-cuts through the hotel and study the map carefully to make sure you know where you are to go.

STAR Event registration and events
Advisers need to be sure to pick up their students’ STAR Event registration packets and all remind all participants to attend their Orientation on Sunday, July 7 from 6:00-7:00 PM.  It is imperative that students attend this meeting so they can get all of their points for their event as well as have any questions answered.

I personally cannot wait to see all of you at NLC in July!  It’s a great time of year to catch up with old friends and see the amazing things that students are doing all around the nation.  Have a great rest of your year and I will see you all in Nashville as we Discover Our Voice together!

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