ACB Sparks Success Was A Big Success

by Janet Dickelman

The messages of praise for the hotel staff, convention committee members and our convention volunteers have been overwhelming! The Nugget Casino and Resort was very welcoming and, as promised, they had almost all their remodeling completed when we arrived.  Their staff was very helpful and really enjoyed hosting ACB.  Thanks to Rick Kuhlmey and the Nevada host committee members for all their hard work and assistance in planning the convention. 
I couldn’t coordinate this convention without the help and support of my wonderful and hard-working convention committee.
Margarine Beaman worked her magic once again at the Nugget in spite of the construction to make sure our accessibility needs were met at the hotel and that everyone had a good experience at the airport.  Sally Benjamin recruited a great group of volunteers; they were everywhere and extremely polite and helpful.  Danielle McIntyre ran all over the place helping with the walk, the auction, DKM reception and the Mini Mall. Rick Morin kept our AV equipment running and did an amazing job with ensuring that our assistive listening devices worked in the various meeting rooms despite last-minute meeting room changes. Vicky Prahin was a great source of convention materials, and the information desk ran smoothly under her leadership.
Michael Smitherman once again made sure the exhibit hall ran flawlessly. Rhonda Trott did a marvelous job as tour coordinator. I hope you agree that we had some outstanding tours!  Thank you to our outgoing officer liaison Carla Ruschival, whose guidance has been invaluable.
The registration staff worked really hard to ensure that registration went as smoothly as possible. Next year we’ll dedicate longer hours for pre-registration pickup.
Now it is on to St. Louis’ Union Station in 2018! Convention dates are Friday, June 29th through Friday, July 6th. Our first tours will be on June 29th, and final tours on July 6th.  Our opening general session will be held Saturday evening, June 30th, with general sessions Sunday through Wednesday morning, and all day Thursday, followed by the banquet.
Room rates at Union Station are $89 plus tax; this rate applies for up to 2 people in a king room and up to 4 guests in a room with two queen beds. Room tax is currently 16.92%.
Staying in Touch
Once again, the convention announce list will be filled with information regarding the 2018 ACB conference and convention. You can subscribe to the list today by sending a blank e-mail to If you received updates for the 2017 convention, you do not need to subscribe again.
Convention Contacts
2018 exhibit information: Michael Smitherman, (601) 331-7740,
2018 advertising and sponsorships: Margarine Beaman, (512) 921-1625,
For any other convention-related questions, please contact Janet Dickelman, convention chair, at (651) 428-5059 or via e-mail,