Convention events began on Wednesday, June 26, with the AGO/Quimby competition finalists’ practice sessions at Center Church and concluded Wednesday evening, July 3, with a concert by Nathan Laube at Christ Church Cathedral. A total of 253 persons registered for the convention, coming from places as near as the city of Hartford to as far away as Hawaii! The convention generated $14,879 in new funds for the chapter. Other good news is that events open to the public were very well attended (standing room only at Trinity College for Christopher Houlihan’s concert).
I thank the many chapter members and friends who volunteered to serve on various committees, assist with tasks too numerous to list here, and – in general – be great representatives of the chapter and the region. I express particular thanks to the members of the steering committee (James Barry, logistics; David Chrzanowski, hotel; John Coghill, transportation; Mary Rose DiGiovanna, volunteers and assistant registrar; James Gower, program; Anne Harney, treasurer; Sue Hertel, AGO/Quimby competition; Floyd Higgins, program book; Jason Roberts, registrar; Krysia Robinson, secretary; John Rose, hospitality; Kevin Jones, publicity; and Phillip Truckenbrod, exhibits) and Cheryl Duerr, our Region I Councillor, whose energy and encouragement made for productive, efficient committee meetings.
Who knows what the future holds for the chapter relative to large-scale endeavors such as this (we have a track record, now – two highly successful regional conventions in the past ten years)! Whatever might come our way, I am confident that the members and friends of the Greater Hartford chapter will embrace the opportunity to make it something memorable.