15 Jul Prepping for National Conference
About 40 people gathered in Grand Rapids on Tuesday afternoon, July 14, to begin setting up for the US National Conference, which begins on Wednesday. They included 11 persons from the UB National Office in Huntington, Ind., along with 5 spouses. A number of persons from the Grand Rapids area were there, plus assorted others from Virginia, Ohio, and Indiana.
They all met around 3:30 at ResLife Church, where the conference will be held. Cathy Reich, administrative assistant to the Bishop’s Office, kept everybody organized. At 6 pm, a meal was held at ResLife for all of the volunteers. Cathy gave instructions so everybody was on the same page.
There were various display tables to set up, and a trailer load of materials to unload. A lot of work, including stuffing all of the attendee packets, was done ahead of time by volunteers organized through the Homefront UB church in Grandville (only a few miles from Reslife Church). That was a big help. Many thanks to Paula Averill, administrative assistant at Homefront, for heading up the volunteers.
Registration begins at noon on Wednesday. All morning, volunteers will busily prepare the registration tables and a myriad of details.
The conference officially begins at 6:30 with the opening service. Below are some more photos (click to enlarge).