Not sure if you should attend MEDA Convention?

Randy Schweitzer, Shenandoah Valley MEDA Chapter Board Chair, first had the opportunity to attend MEDA Convention when it was held in Toronto, Ontario. While he was originally unsure what he was getting himself into, these were his impressions afterwards:

"Conventions are not my typical way of spending hard-earned vacation days and the cost was a consideration. I have been involved with MEDA at the local level for several years and as a family we have donated to MEDA projects as Christmas gifts but nothing gives a person the big picture like MEDA Convention does. I came away from MEDA Convention with an expanded view of what I was a part of. The contrast between the management of an organization like MEDA and other programs that one reads or hears about in the news was stark. I had a limited idea of how a person's dollars can be multiplied to make maximum impact. The convention really allows a person to hear first hand about the many projects all over the world that are bringing about positive change in the lives of so many people. The most exciting part of the convention for me were the stories, told first hand, during the session entitled "MEDA Year in Review." Our North American culture is results oriented, so hearing about the various success stories in different parts of the world was really inspiring. You will have the opportunity to hear key note speakers deliver inspiring messages also meet many people who share similar life experiences - I promise your horizons will be broadened."