It is April already and another year has gone by. In two short months, we will be seeing each other at the Portland, Oregon, IADLEST Conference. If you have not already made your reservations, please do so soon by linking to our conference website from www.iadlest.org
Our conference is earlier this year, beginning on June 2 with committee meetings during the day and an optional Brewery Tour with Progressive Dinner starting at 6:15 PM. Portland takes pride in its many breweries; and we will tour a few, having a portion of dinner at each stop.
The conference starts in earnest with our Keynote Speaker Michael Nila presenting on Leadership Development at 8:30 AM on Monday, June 3. We will have lunch with our vendors, and the Special Olympics silent auction will open from 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM. Remember to send any Special Olympics items to be auctioned off to Director Eriks Gabliks, Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, 4190 Aumsville Highway SE; Salem, Oregon 97317.
Starting at 1:00 P.M., The afternoon is packed with eight different presentations ranging from training issues, ethics, and effective group facilitation. Roundtable discussions start at 3:30PM. Conference attendees will have their choice of attending the POST, Legal, or Education discussions. Veterans of our conferences often comment that the roundtables are the greatest source for information that will help them immediately upon their return back from the conference and for making those very important personal connections.
The evening entertainment is the President's Reception on the Portland Spirit Riverboat Cruise. Looking forward to visiting with you all while enjoying the river.
The second day of the conference will start with the Special Olympics Run/Walk at 7:30 AM, followed by Regional Meetings at 8:30. The IADLEST Business meeting will start promptly at 9:45. Lunch with vendors and Silent Auction closing will be at noon. The afternoon has 12 more presentations ranging from military veteran issues, critical incident stress management, to many more training subjects representing what is the latest in police training. They will run from 1:00 to 5:00 PM.
The last day of the conference, Wednesday, is the tour of the Oregon Department of Public Safety in Salem with a Leadership Development training and lunch. We arrive back in Portland by 4:15 PM.
This is our first conference featuring so many prominent presenters and offers something for everyone. On behalf of IADLEST, I offer my sincere appreciation to the Oregon POST for all the conference preparation work along with the Redden Group and all our conference sponsors and vendors.
Looking forward to seeing you all in Portland!!