We sent four people to national convention this year which was so awesome! We sent our normal delegate (Jeanne), and then we sent a group of three people to present for the Chapter Leadership Award that we were nominated for (Lauren, Brittany, and Heather). When I say "we" sent four people to national convention I mean our joint account with Beta Alpha did - Thank you boys!
So we left for convention around 1:30pm from Waco, TX - driving. For those of you that don't know, convention this year was in Colorado Springs which is a 14 hour drive from Waco if you don't stop. We were in a car with five people (we had the Kpsi - Beta Alpha delegate with us), that's five bladders with five different bathroom schedules and five tummies with five different eating schedules. Needless to say we stopped A LOT to pee and eat.
After about 9 hours of driving we decided to work on the presentation for the Chapter Leadership Award. Even though we found out about it so long ago (February...), we hadn't actually started working on it yet. Brenna had very graciously spent about a week using all her fancy pants communications and speech skills actually WRITING the presentation, but none of us had done more than read over it maybe once (love you Brenna!). We figured out of a five day convention there was no way the presentations would be on day one, and we only really needed one day to memorize the presentation. Not even an hour into attempting to transfer the speech from the document on our phones onto notecards we get a call from Erika Pope (our favorite district counselor!). Lauren was only on the phone with her for like 5 minutes, but when she hung up she informed us that the times for the presentations had been drawn and we were the next morning at 10:30am. Uh Oh. That gave us twelve hours to write it out and memorize it - if we decided not to sleep.
The next time we saw a gas station we stopped for caffeine and stocked up. Our schedule was as follows:
- Drive the remaining few hours to Colorado Springs
- Stay up until the speech was memorized
- Try to get to bed by 5am
- Wake up by 7:30am to register for convention!
- Buy more caffeine
- Take showers and look nice and ready to give a presentation
- Practice more
We pulled into the hotel around 2am then had some room/key trouble and got settled in around 3am, and then we managed to stick to our schedule really well. Jeanne and David (the Beta Alpha delegate) were troopers and stuck it out with us until 3:30am or so, but then needed sleep.
Unfortunately the next few days we looked like we were very sleep deprived...
... And that's when we all became twitter obsessed (#NatCon2011)
(1) Shenanigans. We showed up a day late to convention, but caught on very quickly to 'shenanigans.' At first every time something silly happened at one of the sessions one of the national officers would says "Shenanigans!" Then slowly it went to be that every time ANYTHING happened it was just part of some Tau Beta shenanigan happenings. It was crazy (or should I say cray cray?). Someone kept a count going on the National Convention hash tag (#NatCon2011) and it ended up being well over a hundred.
(2) We got to interact with Erika Pope a lot! We love her. Love her. Over the last couple of years it's been mostly Lauren (since she was president) getting to interact with Erika, but since so many of us were at convention we all got to know her a little bit. She's a baller!
I'm sorry this post was so long, but it was national convention! That's a whole week of stuff! They'll be shorter from now on I promise!