Conventions, if you have never attended one for your region or for AANR, you are missing some good times. Don’t think that the only thing that happens at conventions are endless meetings, because there is so much more. You get to see how other clubs operate and hopefully discover a new favorite place to NakationSM. There are workshops that cover a myriad of topics, both serious and fun. You can participate in sports events for the athletic and the casual player, or be a cheerleader for the other competitors. There are events and games for kids of all ages.  Depending on the location, there is the opportunity to experience new foods and beverages. Off-site excursions can be added to the beginning or end of your trip. 
The annual convention for AANR includes a couple of fundraisers for our legal defense fund. We have the Single Malt Scotch Society (SMS), which has raised tens of thousands of dollars over the years, and those of us that participate get to enjoy some new, different, and unique Scotches each year. We also have the silent and live auctions. I want to thank all of those who have donated items and those who have had some fierce bidding competitions to win their prizes. 
The best part of conventions is meeting new people from throughout North America and getting to know more about them and their home clubs. I look forward every year to re-establishing that personal connection that you can’t get from a social media post. 
The travel to or from can also be quite the adventure. It presents the possibility of visiting some clubs on the way to your destination. Make plans now to attend a convention or two next year. Make some new friends, reconnect with old ones, and maybe you will find that you don’t mind attending some meetings and are willing to volunteer to serve on your regional board of directors or help AANR in some way.

Taken from the AANR Monthly Bulletin, "Across the Board" brings information and thoughts from the Governing Board of AANR to you. The Board values your membership and wants to make sure that it is doing what is right for the members and clubs. The first step is good two-way communication.