The Greater Wheeling Chapter was well represented at the Fall Retreat with Karen Kovacs, Marilyn Perhacs, Melissa Ferrell, John Parkinson and John Sterrett attending. The event was held at Pipestem State Park in southern West Virginia. Pipestem State Park is a great facility to have an event like this. Centrally located in Region 18, it is equally inconvenient (lol) for all members. The rooms were adequate (although somewhat dated), the conference room was just the right size and the food was very good. The Friday night seafood buffet was fantastic. The only complaint that I had was that the wifi in the conference room quit working Saturday afternoon and was not fixed for the remainder of the conference. Now, for a tech conference, this is a major fail. So overall I would have to rate the facilities for event as slightly above average.
Saturday morning started off with Bart Queen of Speak America. Bart did a great job of explaining how you are perceived when giving a presentation. His main message was that your posture and body language conveys a different message to the audience, which affects how you message is received.
Yung Chou, a Microsoft Evangelist, did two great sessions on Virtualization and Co Authoring Documents. I picked up some good tips for using XP Mode in Windows 7. I certainly would have liked to hear him speak at greater length on both subjects.
The Pittsburgh Chapter gave a presentation on how they were awarded the AOCA Cup. Stan, Harvey, Pat and Denise did a great job in explaining all of the efforts and documentation that went into winning the award.
The Sunday morning session featured Stephanie Hester who explained the importance of taking time to ‘play’ or making sure that you set aside time to do what you enjoy. Stephanie had a unique message to give to us and she did a great job!
The RTP Chapter did a great job organizing this event!