The annual conference, this year in Mt. Zion, Illinois, grows nearer. With such a robust roster of veteran conference-goers, we decided to get their take on the event. Today we continue our series,” So, what’s a conference like?” with Susan Salidor.
How did you come to join CMN?
I don’t remember how I first found out about CMN, and at first I was a just a member in name only. I DO remember how I got to my first conference, however, and it was because of the not-so-gentle-but-very-
How have the conferences changed over the years?
I have found each conference to be more welcoming to newcomers than the last. There are more workshops offered and, subsequently, a wider variety of topics covered. I’m a big supporter of having a keynote speaker, and it has turned into one of my favorite parts of the weekend. I’m also delighted (and relieved) to see so many younger participants!!!
What has been dropped that you miss about them and want back?
Can’t think of anything.
What has been added that you really love?
GLAD RAGS RACK! I also love the live auctions — they are silly, exuberant and raise a lot of needed funds for CMN!
What leadership roles have you played, or workshops have you lead?
I’ve lead a variety of workshops over the years, from songwriting to producing a first CD to sharing my musical secrets and strategies for the early childhood classroom. I’ve served on the BOD for the last four years, run the Silent Auction tables, been a buddy, run a Song Swap, and I’ve helped run the the Newcomers’ Circle a few times.
What were the fundraisers you felt have really worked well?
I love the live auctions best.
What was your favorite location and why?
I live in Chicago now, but I love Los Gatos. Also, I was raised on the east coast and welcome the chance to go back there whenever I can.
See you there in October!