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Season’s Greetings! As I sit to write this column, only 19 days are left for shopping for the December 25th holiday. Thankfully my shopping is done, since I will be traveling for work from December 12 through December 21.

I have placed our events on the planner’s calendar for the annual convention. SLA Headquarters has sent the preliminary program booklet for approval. There is a minor problem with trying to cross-index events when more than one Division is the sponsor. Check out the SLA website for travel and hotel arrangements. Registration will open the first week in January. Early bird registration will be $275 and must be done by May 1.

I hear the Nominating Committee has a slate of candidates. This year we will be electing the candidates before the convention. Elections will be conducted electronically – so watch your email for the announcements.

January 26 through 29th Bob Sweet and I will be traveling to Tampa, Florida to attend the 2005 SLA Leadership Summit. This year’s theme is “Leading to Succeed: Developing Skills for Your Future.” This conference is open to anyone wanting to sharpen their leadership skills. For the first time, SLA is not requiring the group of Division and Cabinet leaders for the upcoming convention to attend. All of the planning for conference will be complete since the program booklet is due for distribution in February. This will be the beginning of changes for those who will be serving as Division or Chapter leaders. The next change, is the reason, we will be having our elections before conference. The newly elected officers need to attend leadership training on Sunday, June 5, at the annual conference.