The week started early-3:30 Monday morning came around and I began my journey. Flying across country from my little state of Montana, I arrived in Kentucky, to be greeted by an Iota Alumni, and my grand-big Heather McGowan. I was then able to say a quick hello several of the districts councilors from across the nation, including our one and only Erika Pope. The week continued on with wonderful workshops, and countless opportunities to meet sisters and brothers and make new friends. I was also able to see the National Intercollegiate Band, the Boston Brass, and Pat Sheridan with the Lexington Brass in concert. All of the performers were exceptional, and it was so exciting to listen to these wonderful groups surrounded by musicians who valued the beauty of music.
Another extremely memorable experience was seeing ritual done by the National officers, which was so amazing, and I even got to see Past National President and Iota Alum Janet West Miller perform the closing. It was a heart-warming night where I felt the closeness and beauty of the organization in a totally new way.
That same night was the banquet, where I was able to see our own Karen Miller Hammond win a National Award. I really enjoyed my time with Karen her husband David and our dear Janet. Janet has a fun story any time you see her and both Karen and David are very sweet and happy people. I can’t explain how special it was to get to share my first NatCon experience with all of them. It felt so special to share a Sic Em with Janet, Karen, and Heather; I can’t express how full of pride for my school, chapter, and organization it gave me!
Overall it was an awesome experience and I value it so much! I huge shout out to Heather for making this possible! I love being a member of Tau Beta Sigma, and I am so excited to start out the year at Baylor with my sisters! And hopefully take all of them with me to Orlando, Florida National Convention 2017!!!
Charity E. Ratliff