Friday, October 28, 2005
Posted by: Jim Henry
Who says fall isn't a good time to be in Anchorage? Folks from Region 2 (Pacific Northwest) found it to be a great time to come see what's happening in Alaska! Held in conjunction with its annual ITExpo, Anchorage Chapter 150 opened the doors for the representatives of Region 2. "It's a great time to hold a conference" says Cindy Baldwin, Anchorage Chapter President. "During peak season, it's impossible to get rooms and the prices are a lot higher."
Held at the downtown Westmark Hotel, the weekend started with an evening reception in the "Sun" room, where Microsoft presented its plan for incorporating immediate feedback into its upcoming release of Windows 64-bit server. The evening was hosted by Anchorage and was attended by 25 people.
On Saturday, the business meeting took place, where local Anchorage members were able to get a glimpse of what happens outside of the local chapter. Mark Mathis, Anchorage Board member noted, "It's really an eye opener to hear of the things taking place at a Region and National level. We, at times, get caught up in our own chapter and loose sight of the bigger organization."
Representatives were from Hawaii, including Region 2 President Diana Shelton & Association Past President Sam Luke, Washington, including Region Vice President Pete Schmitt and Secretary Jannette Brace, and Oregon, Treasurer Gladys Norman. Anchorage was represented by Jan Blanchard and Association Board Member Jim Henry. Guests included Jerry Fica (from Washington - relocating back to Alaska), Bruce Hinson, Jeff Hassler and Mark Mathis (all of Anchorage).