2nd annual National S.M.I.L.E. Conference (S.M.I.L.E.)

Venue: Holiday Inn Express

Location: Phoenix, Arizona, United States

Event Date/Time: Nov 17, 2000 End Date/Time: Nov 19, 2000
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The 2nd annual National S.M.I.L.E. Conference was a tremendous success! Fifty-seven people were in attendance at the APS building in Phoenix on November 17-19, 2000.

The hotel for event was the Holiday Inn Express - across the street (I couldn't let Mark Lee down by not mentioning this!) from the APS building.

The conference began with a hospitality suite and early on-site registration for out of town guests on Thursday night at the Holiday Inn Express. On Friday morning we started at ASU Downtown with a welcome, followed by watching Goober and Sgt Pepper perform for Kindergarten through 3rd grade at the Thomas J. Pappas Elementary School in downtown Phoenix. The show was great and we all laughed! After there was a lot of positive comments and suggestions in our post-show critique.

Following lunch at the APS building, Mark Ruffennach and Chris Vassall from Scottsdale (Arizona) Police Department presented an interactive class on team building. Then the instruction began! Two classes by our top notch instructors followed.

We had the annual meeting of the SMILE Organization. During that meeting, the Board for 2001-2002 was elected (see NEWS for more details). It was also reported that the Organization is in good fiscal shape this year, and we are working towards our 501(c)3 non profit status with the IRS. Members made some great comments and suggestions.

In the evening on Friday, we presented FOUR CORNERS featuring instruction in face painting, caricatures, balloon twisting, and juggling. This was followed by the grand opening of the dealer's room with a special "$15 every 15 minute" raffle from the dealer's tables!

Saturday morning was more incredible instruction from our Lead Instructors and SMILE Instructors. In the afternoon, SMILE President Ruffennach held a surprise meeting and presented the 2000 SMILE Presidential Award for outstanding service to the SMILE Organization to Vice President Bruce Wall. The SMILE Organization gave Bruce a new costume for his new character "Bucky".