This was the information provided for the 2020 conference. Info for 2021 will be similar, although dates and other specifics will probably change.
Where will the conference be held and what are the hours?
It's at Christ United Methodist Church, 4350 A St., Lincoln, NE. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. The conference ends mid-afternoon.
What is the deadline for registration?
Please register by mail or online no later than Feb. 5 UNLESS YOU NEED CHILD CARE. If you need child care, the deadline is January 22. For more information and an explanation for this earlier deadline, please see the FAQ at the end of this page, "Is there child care?" You can register by mail or online. See the Registration page for details.
Can I register at the door?
Yes, but we encourage you to send in the registration form no later than Feb. 5. This enables us to determine room size for each workshop and allows us to get an accurate count for lunch. Additionally, if you register the day of the conference, you may be more limited in the choice of workshops you can attend. This is because of the size of the rooms. We can't put you in a workshop where all the seats have already been taken.
What is the cost?
The cost for the day is $20 if you register by the deadline, and includes lunch. The cost is $25 at the door. Student scholarships, allowing students to attend at no cost, are available. To receive the scholarship, you must be a full-time student (or nearly full time) and register by mail or at the door. For more information, contact Ruby Thelander at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tell me about registration check-in the day of the event.
Enter through the double doors at the back of the church and turn right at the first hallway. Go straight through to the dining room. Check-in gets you a name tag and a packet of materials with details of the day. After you sign in, feel free to help yourself to some light snacks and coffee as you sit down and review your packet. Although we've streamlined the check-in process, it can get a little bogged down after 8:30 a.m. We had about 200 attendees last year. Please, don't everyone arrive at the last minute!
What is the schedule for the day?
Registration opens at 8:00 a.m. We kick things off with a brief welcome and a short worship service at 9:00 a.m. Morning workshops run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. After lunch we will have a single workshop on "Advocacy," or how to "talk" to your state representative. This will be held in the dining hall. Afterward, there will be a short wrap-up. We try to get you out by 3:00 pm. That way, out-of-towners can get back on the road mid-afternoon.
How do I know which workshops I am attending and in what order?
The information will be on your name tag. There are three sessions in the morning. Please go to the one you are assigned at the time listed as space in the rooms often is limited. We do our best to ensure that a room is not over-crowded, but some of that depends on you. Seating is an issue when folks go to sessions for which they are not assigned or when they choose to go to the correct workshop but at a different time (as many workshops run more than once).
How do I know where to go?
Your schedule will list the room in which the workshop will be held. You will be given a list of workshop locations and a map of the building. There will be people stationed in the hallways to help you. Please note: There are four rooms in the basement which can be reached by elevator. However, it is not large. If you can take the stairs, please do so.
What about lunch?
A full meal will be served. You can request a vegetarian meal if you register in advance. When you go through the serving line, be sure to tell the person who is dishing up your plate what you requested. Please note, we cannot prepare a special meal the day of the conference.
How's the parking?
There is parking in the lot behind the church and on the streets in the neighborhood. However, we encourage you to carpool.
Is there child care?
Yes, and it’s free! However, you need to provide us with essentials like baby bottles filled with milk or formula, diapers and perhaps, if you think it necessary, a change of clothes. We will have snacks for the children and a light lunch for them. Please note: We need the number and ages of your children by Jan. 22 in order to ensure we have enough staff on hand. Staffing numbers are mandated by law. For further information, contact Kim Garrison at email@example.com.