The Advisors Conference is coming to a successful and rewarding conclusion today as over 60 Advisors from across Region One participated in the third annual Advisors Conference held this weekend at the
DoubleTree Inn in Westborough, Massachusetts.
The unofficial theme of the conference was on communication. To that end several sessions focused on emerging or existing technologies including Twitter, Facebook, blogging, texting and emailing.
There were many highlights of the conference including:
A presentation from Jim and Bob of Boston Light not only continuing the discussion of the Kingdom of DeMolay website that will be introduced soon but the other three pillars of the DeMolay Awareness
Campaign. A free and open discussion ensued relative to the responsibilities that might be a part of the Advisor's role going forward. A great idea exchange occurred and Boston Light expressed their gratitude for the positive input received from the Advisors.
As a staple program in any Advisor gathering, a role playing and problem solving group exercise explored challenges faced by an average Advisory Council. Possible approaches to different scenarios were explored.
As an appetizer before dinner the EO's present (Noble, Millett, Baldwin and Needham) formed a panel and fielded questions and comments from the assemblage. Unsurprisingly, there was little philosophical disagreement between the EO's and many issues were brought forward. The EO's acquitted themselves well.
Two particular stand-out programs were:
Dad Doug Hanks who presented a program entitled:, "All DeMolays Have Needs; Some are Special." More and more DeMolays are arriving in our
Chapters with special needs. Are we able to respond to their needs? What skills will we need? Dad Hanks brought a professional perspective to a growing challenge.
Dad Bryan Anderson presented an excellent program on membership: "Making the Sale: The ongoing program of membership Development." Dad Anderson spoke about the anatomy of a sale, how to apply those lessons to the membership recruitment efforts and then went through the successful approach used in West Haven, Connecticut for Robert H. Heller Chapter.
A special thanks to all that attended and to Jeff Northrup, Ann Northrup, Carl Ek, Matt DeFronzo, Doug Hanks, Bryan Anderson, Liz Havu, Lucinda Newton, Rick Lavoie, Bill Millett, Harry Needham, George Baldwin, and Brian Noble who made presentations during the conference.