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2008 Conference

The Medical University of South Carolina, MUSC, hosted the 2008 SRAPPA conference in Charleston, South Carolina, October 25-28, 2008. Conference goals were for attendees to make new contacts and friends, learn something new, and have fun. The Conference Theme was “The Diverse Work Place.” There were seven hours dedicated to interaction among attendees and exhibitors, and nine hours dedicated to educational sessions with three concurrent sessions during each of those nine hours.  Social events included: A golf tournament at a course fronting the Charleston Harbor. A traditional low country meal at the American LaFrance Fire Museum, a wonderful display of fully restored historic fire engines and associated equipment. Campus tours of MUSC and Citadel, including a bagpipe performance at Citadel.  A wonderful reception and dinner on the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown over-looking the Charleston Harbor was followed by music and dancing. The annual banquet was well attended, the host committee was recognized for a great job, officers for the new year were sworn in, the gavel was passed, Embry Riddle gave a preview of the 2009 conference to be held in Daytona Beach October 22- 28, and the conference grand prize, a 2008 Smart Car, was awarded by drawing to Dan Wolfe, University of Alabama.  Special plenary speakers were Neal Petersen, an around-the-world-alone sailor born in Cape Town South Africa, who inspired us with this life story of overcoming adversity by engaging barriers as opportunities, and the Honorable Senator Glenn McConnell who gave an impressive and entertaining presentation about the history, recovery, and restoration of the Confederate Submarine H. L. Hunley. Special companion events included: Wares from selected representatives of the Charleston Market. A story teller who told stories in both Gulla and English just outside the exhibit hall. Two Shag dance lessons in preparation for the Tuesday night banquet. Breakfast with NY Times Best Selling Author, Mary Alice Monroe. Attendance at the keynote address. And a tour of historic Charleston with lunch at Magnolias, a top-notch Charleston restaurant. The conference started out great and got better as the week went on. At the banquet, the host committee began to relax, the Rick Strickland Band began playing beach music, and folks flooded  the dance floor to try out their newly acquired Shagging skills. Servers began taking up tables while diehards continued to dance, and the band played on.