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Hello Region V,

     It is hard to believe that we are in are last stretch for this school year and soon we will be in Tupelo, MS at the Region V Summer Conference. I hope and trust that your school year has ran smoothly and with summer right around the corner, I know you certainly deserve that much needed family time that we all cherish.

     I have some updates attached that will help you with your travel plans for our Region V Summer Conference in Tupelo, MS June (25th pre-registration 5:00pm-8:00pm for those who wish to register early) conference 26th through June 28th 2017.

     Please take time to look over the tentative agenda, hotel information and registration form. Please note: You will find a quick link that is in Google Forms that you will need to fill out. Mrs. Cook has asked that those who register need to print the form to mail with the registration fee and submit it so that they know it is coming in the mail. At the top of the form it has the hotel information and conference code. I have also attached a tentative agenda and the conference flyer. The hotel information is also on the conference flyer.

     I look forward to seeing everyone in Tupelo this summer and I know that Mississippi has worked hard to put together a great conference for us this year. I have also put a quick link to the PSA Professional State Association Award Application for state leaders. Please fill this out and print to turn in at summer conference. PSA Application will be coming out soon, when they do below is the link!!

Professional State Award Application Quick link: http://www.naae.org/resources/awards/index.cfm#psa

I look forward to seeing you in Tupelo!!

Jason  

Jason Kemp

The FFA "500"

Posted by Jason Kemp Oct 14, 2016

Hello Region V,

 

I hope all is well and that everyone is having a good school year so far. This is a very busy time for everyone, with show seasons coming to an end and numerous FFA competitions to train for -- it seems there are not enough hours in a day. Rest assured with all your hard work you are making a positive difference in your students, which builds a better tomorrow for everyone.

 

It’s time once again for, “The FFA 500.” It is hard to believe that it has been a year since we heard the opening session in Louisville, KY and that its time to rotate back to Indianapolis. I will never forget the first time I attended National FFA Convention -- it was mind blowing to see all those blue jackets from across the US gathered together under one roof to support and pursue the same endeavor.

 

While at convention, I would like to encourage you to stop by our NAAE booth, pick up the latest materials, and find out what we have been working on that will help you in your career as an agricultural educator. Our NAAE booth is # 2172, so please stops by!!!

   

With the continued shortage of agriculture teachers across the US, it is important that we take steps in preparing and growing our replacements for the future. I want to also encourage you to have your students stop by the NAAE Teach Ag booth (#2455) and check out the latest information that will help build the future supply of agriculture teachers.

   

I want to wish you safe travels to and from convention and the best of luck for those chapters who are competing in the CDE’s. Remember, if I can ever help you, don’t hesitate to contact me.

 

See you in Indy!!!

Jason Kemp

Jason Kemp

Summer's End

Posted by Jason Kemp Jul 25, 2016

Hello Region V,

 

Man where did the summer go? It is time once again to get ready for the new school year, building lesson plans, and molding the young minds of the future. This is a great privilege for all of us. I hope that each one of you had some down time to spend with your family and to charge your battery.

  

The summer went well for me and I want to give a follow-up on the Region V summer conference in Athens, Georgia. First of all, thank you Georgia for hosting our conference. The professional development tours you planned were great and helped us, as teachers, see the potential that is out there for family business entrepreneurship. The business sessions went great, which developed productive output for our time spent together. I would like to thank our NAAE President, Terry Rieckman, for being with us, as well as Frank Saldana, from National FFA. I want to also thank Tennessee, Georgia, and South Carolina for allowing me to present and bring updates on behalf of NAAE at your states' annual teachers’ conferences, and to be part of your awards banquets.

 

A few reminders:

1. NAAE Region V award winners, state leaders, and members attending NAAE Convention in Las Vegas Nov 29th - Dec 3rd 2016, please register as quick as possible and book your rooms. Please refer to the NAAE website and follow the convention link or click on the quick link I have added below, which will take you straight to the NAAE Convention page. National Convention quick link: http://www.naae.org/convention2016/index.cfm

2. States that did not get their Professional State Association award application done and to me at Region V, please do so as soon as possible, before we all get buried in our school work.

3. We still have some spots to fill in our committees so please help me in filling those positions.

 

I hope your school year starts off well and continues to run smoothly and I look forward to seeing all of you in Las Vegas this fall.

If I can ever help you please do not hesitate to contact me. 

 

Jason Kemp Region V Vice-President

Office number: 731-364-3053

E-mail address: jason.kemp@wcsk12tn.net

Hello Region V,


I hope everyone has had a successful school year and a productive wind down. Update from Dresden High School Agricultural Department: I am super excited that we are beginning the remodeling and facelift of the classroom, shop facility, tool room and my office space. We hope this project will be done and ready in time for school in August.


I am very excited and looking forward to seeing everyone in Athens, Georgia and wanted to take a few minutes to update you about our Region V Summer Conference. We've had the registration information, draft agenda and hotel info up on the Region V NAAE website for a while now.

 

This is the quick link to the Region V site, where you can find the registration forms, hotel info and draft agenda:  http://www.naae.org/affiliates/regionsIVI/region5.cfm


Georgia has put together some very interesting professional development tours!!!


Please remember to bring your state basket to auction off like we did last year in Florida.


If you need anything, don't hesitate to contact me.

My cell is: 1-731-431-8764 Email:  jason.kemp@wcsk12tn.net


See you in Athens,

Jason Kemp

Region V Vice President

With all our routines that many of us do on a daily basis we may become stale in our profession.


How could this lead to a new beginning for many of us?

What does this really mean?

How could we unveil this new beginning?

   

I want to take a moment to tell you how applying for the Teacher Turn the Key award changed my life and teaching career forever. I was in my third year of teaching when I was encouraged by my peers and fellow teachers to apply for this award area. After getting selected to represent our state, I attended my very first NAAE Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. I remember thinking, during the sessions, that this was one of the coolest organizations I could ever be a part of. I got to meet fellow agriculture teachers from all across the United States and collaborate with them on what worked for them in the classroom and what did not.

    

Looking back, I never thought, sitting there in my seat, waiting on the Teacher Turn the Key recipients to come forward and line up, that I would one day be part of the leadership in this great organization. I can sincerely tell you that it means everything to me in my teaching career to have the opportunity to meet my fellow teachers. It helps to change the way I think on different classroom issues.

    

To think it all started by just a simple Teachers Turn the Key application that helped to open the lock inside me to better serve our professional organization.


Be sure that when filling out the award applications, you click save at the bottom of each page.


Do not hit submit until you are finished tweaking your application, once submitted you cannot go back to make corrections.


Remember the deadline is May 15th for submitting applications to the NAAE office!!

 

If I can help you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me at 1-731-431-8764 or via email kempj3@k12tn.net

 

Sincerely,

 

Jason Kemp

Region V  Vice-President

Jason Kemp

Happy New Year Region V

Posted by Jason Kemp Jan 28, 2016

Hello everyone,

     I hope the New Year has gotten off to a good start for everyone and you enjoyed your much needed holiday season. Our profession keeps everyone very busy and the time off is always great to get our batteries recharged for the next half of the school year. It was great to see everyone in New Orleans at the NAAE National Convention this past November and I want to congratulate the award winners on their accomplishments from this past year. I know many of you are doing great things in your state and I would like to encourage you to apply for these awards opportunities.

   

      I would like to say congratulations to Stan Scurlock on his re-election as Region V’s Secretary and thank him for doing a wonderful job this past year. I want to thank everyone for your support of Daryl Behel in his race for president-elect, he carried Region V 100%, and like Daryl and I discussed it is hard to except a defeat, but it means more to him knowing that his region supported him and backed him 100%. Thank you Daryl for all your hard work and we hope to still see your continued involvement and knowledge with NAAE.  

 

Region V Summer Conference:

     I can’t wait until June to see everyone in Athens, Georgia at our summer conference. I know Georgia has been working very hard to get ready for you to come to their state this summer. The dates again are June 26th – 29th 2016. Please call the hotel and reserve your rooms if you have not done so already. The number to the hotel is 1-706-549-7020 and the assigned group code is: na0626. Please continue to be checking our Region V’s site for conference registration information.

 

To get to that page go to NAAE Homepage and go to “Who We Are” then select Region V.

 

Jason 

Jason Kemp

The Roads to Convention

Posted by Jason Kemp Sep 30, 2015

Hello Region V,

 

I just wanted to give you a few updates before I write about our blog topic for this newsletter.


First off, I would like to congratulate all of the Region V winners in their professional award areas and look forward to seeing you receive your award in New Orleans.


I would like to congratulate and ask that we support our Region V candidate, Daryl Behel, in his race for president-elect. Many of you have had the opportunity to meet Daryl over the past several years through his leadership roles in Region V, serving as Secretary for three years and as Vice-President for three years.


I would also like to congratulate Stan Scurlock, as he is seeking re-election for the Region V Secretary position. Stan has done a great job his first year as Region V Secretary and I am positive he will do so again next year.


The NAAE Convention in New Orleans is just around the corner and I would like to remind everyone that the room block ends after October 30th, for the discounted rate on rooms. Registration and room blocks can be found on the NAAE website. I would also like to remind everyone to make plans to attend the last session on Saturday morning, which ends at noon this year, so please keep this in mind as you are making your travel arrangements for Saturday. I would like to encourage all state leaders to have your states delegates there on Saturday morning to be able to vote for these elected positions. This is super important for our region to have all votes counted for that day.


National FFA Convention is less than a month away and I encourage everyone to stop by the NAAE booth.


My most memorable FFA Convention moment comes from the little school in rural Northwest Tennessee, which I attended. The ag program had never attended the National FFA Convention while I was a student there in the late 80's. However, we annually attended our state FFA convention in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. It was my freshman year in high school and I was selected by my advisor to attend this convention. There were five of us boys selected, two freshman and the rest juniors, our only means of transportation to the convention was in a new single-cab Chevy truck, with a nearly new aluminum camper top on it which belonged to our advisor. With the means of transportation being stated, guess which two were chosen to ride over 400 miles in the bed of the truck?  If you guessed the freshman, then you are correct. We would be run out of town now for such a thing, (LOL) but we didn't think much about it back then. That convention turned out to be perhaps what sparked a major interest in my eyes and heart for the importance of FFA and agriculture -- not only in our rural little town, but across my home state in general. I have never forgotten that wonderful experience to our state's FFA convention. I continued to go every year and was always thankful for the upgrade in transportation from a truck to a bus.


When I became an agriculture teacher and went to the National FFA Convention for the first time, I was extremely excited for not only my students to get a chance to go, but it was also my first trip to the convention. Being able to feel the overwhelming power of such a crowd, all gathered together supporting and pursuing the same goal for our nation's agriculture, was very exciting for teachers, as well as students. I am excited about our profession and what it holds for our future, and hope to see everyone in Louisville, Kentucky, in October. Just remember, each of us play that important role in helping build our tomorrow through leadership, respect and common courtesy, which is instilled in our future leaders each and every day, in our classrooms.


See you in Louisville!!!


Jason

Jason Kemp

School Start Up!!!

Posted by Jason Kemp Jul 27, 2015

Hello Region V,


I hope that all of you had a great and restful summer. I know that for all of us it has gone by very quickly. Region V had a great summer conference in Orlando, Florida, and I would like to say thanks again to the Florida association and all their great leaders for helping make this year's conference a great success.


Our regional secretary position (which is an annual position) is open, and our current secretary can run as many times as they wish, but I am asked by NAAE to remind any of you that are planning on running for regional secretary, to get your MOU in by September 15th. I would like to say that Stan Scurlock is doing a great job for Region V, and I do hope he plans to seek re-election.

    

NAAE has now release all of this year's award winners. Congratulations to all of you who were selected.


Next year our Region V Summer Conference is planned for Athens, Georgia, June 26th - 29th 2016, at the Graduate Hotel. I am certainly looking forward to being in Georgia next year, and would like to encourage you now to make plans to attend.


Our National FFA Convention is just around the corner, and I would like to encourage everyone to come by the NAAE booth. 


Our NAAE Convention will be in New Orleans November 17-21, 2015, and if you have not made plans to attend I hope that you will consider going to this great annual event!!! 

    

It is once again time to go back into the classroom and do what we all are trained for -- to help mold the futures and minds of our tomorrow. I want to encourage all of you to go back with as much energy as you can, to help motivate students and have them fall in love with our programs. I just returned from our Tennessee Teachers Conference fired up from what Dr. David Frazier had to tell us, in his highly motivational presentation. We need to always be conscious of our teaching and the life changing impact it has on our students. We need to remember to try and reach all of our students and make everyone of them feel as important to us and our program as the student setting next to them, for we will never know the impact we have on their lives.


See you in Louisville,

Jason Kemp

Jason Kemp

School is out!!!

Posted by Jason Kemp May 26, 2015

Greetings Region V,

 

The school year has come to an end and we now find ourselves looking over our calendars, trying to make sure we have all the county, state and local livestock shows marked and our timelines in order to be at SAE visits, summer FFA programs, CTE conferences -- the list goes on forever, so it seems.

 

One of the events on my calendar that I am certainly excited about is our NAAE Region V Summer Conference in Orlando, Florida. It only seems like last month that we were getting geared up about going to Point Clear, Alabama, and here we are as another year has gone by. I have talked with the Florida Association and it seems that we have a great turnout registered for our conference, which is wonderful!!!!

I know that Florida has been working extremely hard to put this conference together for us this year, and we have several educational events on the list to take part in. Thank you, Florida for your hard work and preparation. We have a tentative agenda that we have been working on, so please take a look at the attached draft agenda and see what's in store for you at Region V.


I hope all of you have safe travels to and from our conference and I am looking forward to seeing everyone there!!!

 

Jason

Jason Kemp

School Year Wind Down!!!!

Posted by Jason Kemp Mar 25, 2015

Hello Again Region V,


It is hard to believe that the school year is about over and we will all be ready to start our summer workshops, summer FFA Leadership Training Camps, livestock shows, and you fill in the blanks! The agriculture teacher's job is never finished and our dedication to our profession is always demanding.


That is what I want to talk to you about, the demanding job that we all share and love. There are many of our fellow agriculture teachers that work day and night to build and strengthen their program and somehow go unrecognized. I want to encourage you to consider applying for one of the NAAE awards. The application process is a little different than it has been in the past. You now upload your application to the NAAE website. Please check with your state awards committee to see how they want the applications sent to them for their review.


Be sure that when filling out the award applications that you click save at the bottom of each page. Do not hit submit until you are finished tweaking your application, once submitted you cannot go back to make corrections.


I want to take a moment to tell you how applying for the Teacher Turn the Key award changed my life forever. It was in my third year of teaching that I was encouraged by my peers and fellow teachers to apply for this award area. After getting selected to represent our state, I got to attend my very first NAAE Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. I remember thinking, during the sessions, that this was one of the coolest organizations I could ever be a part of. I got to meet fellow agriculture teachers from all across the United States and collaborate with them on what worked for them in the classroom and what did not.


Looking back, I would have never thought, as I sat there in my seat waiting on the Teacher Turn the Key recipients to come forward and line up, that I would one day be taking part of the leadership in this great organization. I can sincerely tell you that it means everything to me in my teaching career to have the opportunity to meet these fellow teachers. It helps to change the way I think on different classroom issues.


To think, it all started by just a simple Teachers Turn the Key application that helped to open the lock inside me to better serve our professional organization.


Remember the deadline is May 15th for submitting applications to the NAAE office!


Just a quick reminder:

NAAE Region V Summer Conference is fast approaching in Orlando, Florida.

The conference dates are June 22-24 at Disney's Yacht and Beach Club.

Early bird registration ends May 1st.

You can follow this link to take you to the registration application.


If I can help you in any way please do not hesitate to contact me at 1-731-431-8764 or via email kempj3@k12tn.net


Sincerely,

Jason Kemp

Region V NAAE Vice President

Jason Kemp

Happy New Year Region V !!!

Posted by Jason Kemp Jan 27, 2015

Greetings Region V, I hope that each of you will have a great and wonderful new year!

 

I know that the first quarter of every year is always very busy with no time to spare, but on the bright side of the matter, we all do the extra things and go the extra mile for our students because we care and that's what makes our profession the greatest in the country.

 

First, I want to thank Daryl Behel for his past 6 years of service to Region V, and commend him on a job well done. I am Jason Kemp from Dresden, Tennessee and I am very pleased to be serving you as your Region V Vice-President. I am currently in my 13th year of teaching agriculture at the Dresden High School. There are a lot of new and exciting things that I will be learning this year with this new position, so please bear with me through my learning curve. I am very pleased to introduce and make welcome our new Region V Secretary Mr. Stan Scurlock from Cottondale, Florida, where he serves as the Cottondale FFA Instructor / Advisor.  I am looking forward to working with Stan this upcoming year as well.

 

It was good to see everyone who attended NAAE Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. I want to congratulate the award winners on their accomplishments from this past year. I know many of you are doing great things in your state, and I would like to encourage you to apply for these awards opportunities. On that note, there have been some changes made in the amount of recipients each state nationwide can send for the Teacher Turn the Key Award. Starting this year, it has been limited to only one applicant per state. Each state will select their top applicant like usual and then submit them to the NAAE office. All awards applications will be on the NAAE website the first part of February.

 

This is also a great time for NAAE!  Many of you are serving on committees and will be part of the new restructure process.  In the next couple of weeks, all seven of the committees will be meeting through a webinar program and will be creating new topics for regional and board discussion and action.  This is an extremely important job, and one that I know you will receive value in. I believe this will make our organization more grass roots, but will also allow us to move faster on action items.  Look for emails scheduling the meetings over the next couple of weeks and definitely take part in the discussion.  All committee information will be on Communities of Practice and will be available for all to view.  This is also an opportunity for anyone to be a part of NAAE at the regional and national level -- no longer do you have to serve as your states officer team to be on a committee, due to the fact that most of the meetings will be done virtually. If you would like to serve on a committee, send in a resume and cover letter to the NAAE office and/or let your state team know of your interest.  Each of the six regions must have three members per committee and Region V still has some committee positions available.

 

I am very excited about our 2015 Regional Conference. The dates are June 22nd-24th in Orlando, FL at the Disney's Yacht and Beach Club; please go to the NAAE Region V page and register to attend this event. Florida has really put together a nice conference for us and I am looking forward to seeing everyone there.

Daryl Behel

Time well worth it!

Posted by Daryl Behel Sep 27, 2014

Fall has arrived, which has finally brought somewhat cooler weather to us here in the south.  From about any of our locations, a few degrees will make a difference.   Speaking of Fall, I hope to see most of you all in Louisville, KY for National FFA Convention.  If not then, it is only 2 weeks following that until the NAAE Convention, in Nashville.

 

I want to take this time to say how I have enjoyed the past 3 years serving as the Region V Vice President.  The time truly does fly by when you are having fun.  It's hard to believe that my time is nearing an end as our region's vice president.   I had the opportunity to visit each one of the 7 states in the region and I thank everyone that showed me a fun, welcoming time, while I made my visits. One of the highlights of being a regional vice president is the opportunity to visit the different associations.  With that being said, I do look forward in extending my leadership role as I run for President-Elect.  I would greatly appreciate the your support as I run for office.   No matter what the outcome may be though, I have truly enjoyed my time serving you.

 

I want to say congratulations to all of our NAAE award winners.  For the Teacher Turn the Key award recipients, this most likely is your first NAAE Convention.   In 2005, I received the Teachers Turn the Key award in Kansas City. That marked the beginning of my interest in becoming a leader within my own state.  I hope you all make this a start to becoming more involved within you state association if you are not already.  I will always remember that trip to Kansas City -- more snow than this ol' boy had ever seen.  It made for a rough travel home with the flu on the last day also.   Other than getting sick, that convention was a great experience for me, as I was able to meet and network with several other colleagues from across the country.

 

Again, I look forward to seeing you all soon -- whether it is in Louisville, Nashville, or both.  I also encourage you all to make plans on attending the State Social. I know Tennessee will have a great treat for us. Thank you all again for what you do and I will see you soon.

Daryl Behel

Your Leadership is Needed!

Posted by Daryl Behel Jul 28, 2014

The enjoyment of summer break is almost over everyone.  I hope you all have had a somewhat restful summer break and are rejuvenated for the new school year.  I would like to thank the Alabama association for hosting a great and productive Region V conference this summer.  I enjoyed networking and the fellowship with each one of you there, and look forward to seeing you all again really soon!

 

The beginning of a new school year brings forth many goals for your program and chapter.  As you start to set these goals, why not set a goal for yourself?  The kind of goal I am speaking of is to take another step within a leadership role.  I know for the most part, you all serve in leadership roles within your state associations, but have you ever considered a leadership role at the national level?  Well, if so, now is a great opportunity to achieve this goal. There are two regional offices to be elected at NAAE Convention in Nashville this fall.  They are Region V Secretary and Region V Vice President.  I have served in these roles for 6 years, three as Regional Secretary and three as Regional Vice President.  This turned out to be a great opportunity in my career.  I gained more knowledge within the organization, met many new teachers from across the country, and earned countless resources from within the profession. It has been a privilege to have the opportunity to serve each of you.

 

I encourage all of you to serve in either of these two positions. Adding one of these leadership opportunities will definitely be an asset to your career.  For anyone interested, make sure you print off the MOU from the leadership handbook on the NAAE website, get the required signatures, then submit it back to NAAE office by September 15th.  I hope you all enjoy the new school year and hope to see you all at the National FFA Convention and in Nashville for the NAAE Convention!

Daryl Behel

Rest and Relaxation

Posted by Daryl Behel May 31, 2014

What we have all been waiting for!!  The summer is finally upon us, Region V.  It may be a break, but for us ag teachers it is very short. We all have very busy summers with state conventions, summer leadership camps, county fairs, etc.  I hope you all find a little time to squeeze in that family vacation, as well and rest and relaxation whenever you can!

 

One other summer activity that I hope many of you are going to take part in is our Region V conference.  It is just around the corner!  This year's conference is in Pointe Clear, AL June 23-25.  If you have not yet booked your rooms, then I encourage you to please do so.  This looks to be a great venue down close to the water.  This year's schedule has been planned to allow a little more leisure time for you and your family--an opportunity to squeeze in that little family time I mentioned earlier.  The Alabama Association looks to have a great conference planned for us! 


As your Regional V.P., I look forward to seeing you all again, and hopefully even meeting a few new faces from across our region.  Every year, it's always great to come together to relax, mingle, and handle business together.  We can all usually gain something from someone else that we can carry back and use within our own classroom.  For the ones making this their first Regional Conference, I ensure you that you are in for a treat!  This will also be my last Region V summer conference as the Region V Vice President, and I have to say that there couldn't be a better place to end my rotation than within my own state.  Time certainly does fly when you're having fun!

 

Well, I will close by saying again that I hope to see you all down here in Alabama later on in the month.  If not I want to wish you all a great and relaxing summer!! 

Daryl Behel

Advocacy! Is it in you?

Posted by Daryl Behel Mar 26, 2014

Greetings Region V, I'm sure you all are busy wrapping up the soon-to-be end of another school year!  The unpredictable weather we have had across our region is probably part to blame for the end sneaking up on us. I have been fortunate and only missed a couple of days due to weather, however, there have been several delayed starts.


We never know what each day may bring, so we need to be prepared the best way we can.  As for our profession, how do we become more prepared to handle different circumstances? I'm not talking about how to handle the unpredictable weather.  It's the daily battle that we, as educators, have to fight for our programs locally, state wide, and nationally.  You all have probably figured out by now where I am going with this.  As ag teachers, we all should know by now the importance of advocacy.  Are we advocating?  Do we expect someone else to advocate for us? What can we do to advocate?  Well let's see!


Being proud educators, we like to talk about our programs, hear our students talk to other students about our programs, and also hear the community talk about our programs. All of this talking is advocacy! We have to make sure, for the most part, that we advocate for ourselves, and not expect someone else to do it for us.  It's funny that I say this because as I am writing this blog, I can't help but think about a line in my son's Lads to Leaders speech. "As the Lord told Isaiah, the more we preach the more others will accept to the message."


As for our profession, I would like to encourage all of our NAAE members to advocate for the profession as a whole.  Talk the talk of agricultural education to your members of Congress so they can see the importance of funding, and what we do as ag educators. We are a career tech program, so don't advocate for just agriculture, but career tech as a whole.  There are advocacy profiles available for the states who have submitted information to Savannah at NAAE.  If I am correct, there are only 4 out of 7 states that have submitted.  I encourage the rest of the states to get this info in.  The profiles are there for us to use in helping with the advocating process.


Our Regional conference in Pointe Clear, AL is quickly approaching!  It will be June 23 -25. Just a reminder, conference registration, without having to pay the late registration cost, is due before May 25.  The registration form is on the NAAE website under Region V along with hotel information for the conference. I also ask that everyone please bring a laptop or tablet to Conference this year.  We will again be working through CoP for our business sessions.  State Leaders, I also ask that you encourage your members to get those award applications in to you.  Remember the May 15th deadline for submitting to the NAAE office!