by Catherine Skivers

The members of the Durward K. McDaniel (DKM) committee are hard at work planning for our part of the ACB convention to be held in Louisville, Ky. July 5-12, 2008.

Our committee is looking forward to hearing from those of you who would like to attend the ACB convention for the first time. Each year two people, one from east and one from west of the Mississippi, are chosen to be with us. If you want to apply, please send us a letter giving your name, address, telephone number and e-mail if you have one. Tell us about yourself and why you would like to attend the ACB convention. Let us know how you feel you would benefit by attending. You need not write a long letter, but we would like to get to know you. If you belong to an affiliate, please ask your president to write a letter of support for you. All letters should be sent to the DKM First-Timers Committee and mailed to the ACB office at 1155 15th St. NW, Suite 1004, Washington, DC 20005 as soon as possible. The closing date for submissions is April 15, 2008.

If you're chosen, your transportation and hotel expenses will be covered, and you will receive a per diem as well. Winners are introduced at the convention and, again, at the party this committee holds each year.

Each month, a member of our committee will be telling you more about what we will be doing in Louisville. We will be having tickets for sale as a fund-raiser and this time you will not have to be present to win. The winners will be drawn at the ACB banquet. We hope that you will send us your letters about becoming a first-timer and we hope that all of you will sign up for our party and help us with our fund-raiser. Durward was one of the founders of this organization, and building membership in ACB was one of his major goals. Please come and help us make up what has become a tradition in ACB.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Carol Ewing, chair of our committee, at (702) 524-8444 or Cathy Skivers at (510) 357-1986. The other members of our committee will be happy to help you. They are: Carl McCoy, Stephanie Hall, Mike Hoenig, Carol Edwards, Mike Godino and Terry Pacheco.

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