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“It will change your life.”
“We are a family. It’s like a huge family reunion.”
“You can’t explain it. You’ve got to experience it.”
These statements are common from anyone who has ever attended an NSA Conference. It really is unlike any other conference you will ever attended.
The NSA conferences attract several hundred people each year. We had less than 100 when we begin 1984 in San Francisco close to 900 in Fort Worth, TX in 2011. The conferences are filled with laughter, friendship, support, information, excitement, encouragement, motivation, new ideas, and new perspectives. We are a family, and we treat each other like family members. Imagine, if you will, being in a place where almost everyone stutters. Nearly everyone understands what you’re going through; we’ve all been where you are, had the same thoughts and fears, and had similar experiences. You can walk up to almost anyone and start a conversation and they will understand immediately what’s going through your mind.
The conference is held in early July of each year, starting on Wednesday and lasting through Saturday night. A typical conference schedule includes:
Monday or Tuesday: The “old timers” arrive to get a jump on seeing old friends.
Wednesday: The NSA board meeting and some special events are often planned.
Thursday: The Chapter Leaders’ meeting, First Timers’ event, Opening Ceremonies, and workshops begin.
Friday: Workshops and special events such as city tours are conducted in the evening.
Saturday: Final workshops, the Closing Ceremonies, the banquet, the auction, and the most fun dance in the world.
Sunday: People begin leaving to return to the “real world.” Lots of tears.
Sunday evening: The people who stay on often go out to eat and reminisce about everything.
Most official events are scheduled during the day or in the evening, but in truth, this is a 24/7 event. Spontaneous and informal talk sessions spring up continually, and often last far into the night. Sleep is in short supply. People go out to eat, dance, laugh, or explore the town together. Friendships, long lasting and meaningful, begin in minutes, not days or weeks like the norm. It’s like nothing you’ve ever experienced before!
|30||2013 Celebrate our 30th Annual Conference at…..|
|29||2012 St. Petersburg, Florida|
|28||2011 Fort Worth, Texas|
|27||2010 Cleveland, OH|
|26||2009 Scottsdale, AZ NSA Conference Yahoo Group|
|25||2008 Parsippany/NYC NSA Conference Yahoo Group|
|24||2007 Atlanta NSA Conference Yahoo Group|
|23||2006 Long Beach NSA Conference Yahoo Group|
|22||2005 Chicago Chicago Yahoo Group|
|21||2004 Baltimore Baltimore Yahoo Group|
|20||2003 Nashville Nashville Yahoo Group|
|19||2002 Anaheim Anaheim Yahoo Group|
|18||2001 Boston Boston Yahoo Group|
|12||1995 San Diego|
|10||1993 Washington DC|
|9||1992 San Francisco|
|4||1987 San Francisco|
|3||1986 San Francisco|
|2||1985 San Francisco|
|1||1984 San Francisco|
Did it really happen?
“I’ve attended almost every conference since 1986 except 1992 and 2009. And every time when I get back home, I’ll have a very unreal “empty” feeling, generally when I’m mowing the grass, and wonder to myself, ‘Did it really happen?’ Then I’ll look at my conference t-shirt and read my email and talk to both new and old friends on the phone. Yes it really did happen. And I can’t WAIT till next year!”
– Russ Hicks, Past President of the Dallas Chapter/ NSA Member of the Year, 2000