Tuesday, March 19
- Unless you have other plans, or are attending earlier meetings, plan on arriving in D.C. on Tuesday. Coming from the West Coast, unless you take the Tuesday night Red Eye flights, arriving early in enough on Wednesday to participate in the full day’s programs is not easily scheduled.
- If you get in early enough on Tuesday you can do some sight-seeing at some of the best museums in the country, visit the new and old monuments, or just walk around the Capitol Mall. Most museums in the Smithsonian group are free and every one of them has amazing exhibits of all kinds.
Wednesday, March 20
- 7:00 am – Grassroots Registration and Resource Center at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.
- Breakfast and Lunch for early arrivals are on your own. If you get to the Smithsonian Museums this morning, there is a great cafeteria in the lower level of the National Gallery that you will enjoy.
- 2:00 pm – AIA First Timer’s Orientation – Grassroots Newcomers should definitely plan to attend this introductory session to get oriented to AIA and the Grassroots programs to follow.
- 3:15 – 5:00 pm – Opening Session – Plan on attending this welcome program and introductions.
- 5:00 – 6:30 pm – REGIONAL BOARD MEETING – Starting at 5:00 Wednesday afternoon we will be holding our AIA Northwest and Pacific Regional Board Meeting, at a location in the Hyatt Regency Hotel to be announced. All of our Board Members and guests as noted above should attend this meeting. Agenda information will be sent out prior to your planned departure for D.C. In addition to a discussion of regular Region business and activities we will ask each component to make a brief statement about unique activities taking place in their chapters. In addition, candidates for our upcoming 2014-2016 Region Director position will be given a few minutes each to introduce themselves to the Board Members.
- 7:30 pm – 2013 GOLD MEDAL LEADERSHIP CELEBRATION AND RECEPTION – This is a ticketed event so check on added costs when you complete your registration.
For those not attending the Celebration, dinner is on your own at one of the many great D.C. restaurants within walking distance or Metro Ride from the hotel.
Thursday, March 21
- 7:00 am – GOVERNMENT ADVOCACY NETWORKING BREAKFAST and GOVERNMENT ADVOCACY CONFERENCE
This is when the AIA Staff gives a presentation on the rules and tips on visiting with your delegation so plan on attending this early morning event.
- 10:00 am –2:00 pm – CAPITOL HILL VISITS
Plan on joining with others in your state delegation to visit your Senator and Representative Offices. The Capitol Offices are an easy walk away from our new location at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, or a very short cab ride.
AIA notes about this program: “Meet with members of Congress to discuss federal issues that are important to you, your community, the profession, and the AIA.”
- 2:15 pm – GENERAL SESSIONS
Come back to the Hyatt Regency for this afternoon event to learn about the value of “Being Involved” and to hear speeches from the 2013 candidates for National Office. The election process is in full swing with elections taking place at the National Convention in May. Voting for the 2014 Executive Officers of AIA is one of the important responsibilities of component leadership. There are quite a few very capable candidates running for First Vice President – President Elect, Vice President (2 to be elected), and Treasurer.
- 5:30 pm – INSTITUTE OPEN HOUSE
Shuttle buses depart from the Hyatt Regency Washington Capitol Hill to the AIA National Component office, 1735 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC starting at 5:30 pm. This is a great chance to see the Institute offices up close and in person. You get to meet the staff, many of whom you will be communicating with during your term of office in your chapter, and see where they work. Plus there is usually some great finger food available as you tour around the AIA Office floors. The AIA Bookstore is usually open at this time as well.
- Dinner is on your own after this event, but make sure you leave early enough to get a bus back to the hotel, or make your way back on your own.
Friday, March 22
- 7:00 am – COMPONENT PEER GROUP BREAKFASTS
Plan to get up early and head down to an informal breakfast with leaders from other components with similar demographics as your own. Through pre-assigned table seating you get to meet other architects and chapter leaders who are addressing many of the same issues you are. Often it is a good chance to see just how good you and your own chapter are doing when compared to other similar sized components.
- 8:30 am – GENERAL SESSION – REPOSITIONING
This session will focus on reporting and updating component leaders on the recent Repositioning Initiative that the Institute has been working on. We hope that the presentation will highlight the findings of the wide ranging study that has been underway for almost a year, and outline a roadmap of program and policy changes in store for the AIA as we go forward.
- 10:30 am – LEADERSHIP PLENARY SESSIONS
AIA Notes for this part of the program: Choose from four concurrent courses. Attendees receive 1.5 LUs unless noted otherwise. Check the program in your registration materials for titles and subject of these Leadership based programs.
- 12:15 pm – LUNCH PROGRAM
Awards Presentations National Service and AIA Staff Presentations 2013 AIA Convention: Building Leaders
- 1:45 pm – LEADERSHIP WORKSHOPS
This session repeats the four leadership training programs from earlier in the day. .
- 3:30 pm – CLOSING GENERAL SESSION
Stick around till the end of the day’s events for the final Keynote Address: “The Future of Associations”, by Harrison Coerver, Harrison Coerver and Associates
- NW&P REGIONAL DINNER
We will NOT be holding a Regional Dinner this year due to logistics and expense. We encourage you to have dinner on your own with some of your new colleagues to continue to share your stories and experiences, and to discuss your reactions to the information provided over the last two days.
Saturday, March 23
- 8:30 am – Continental Breakfast
- 9:00 am – LEADERSHIP PLENARY AND COMPONENT OPERATIONAL SESSIONS
Stick around D.C. for the last day of the conference and take in a few more workshops offered at 9:00 am and then repeated at 10:30 am.
If you are staying over in D.C. on Saturday afternoon and beyond, get in some more sightseeing and cultural opportunities in this historically rich city.
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