The Annual Meeting, the weekend of July 28th, went just swimmingly. According to Executive Director Alex Koroknay-Palicz, the meeting was a great success, “The programs and workshops went splendidly. Everything ran smoothly and on time. No technical problems or disruptions or any other problems. I was quite impressed with how smoothly it was pulled off.” So smooth and glitch-free was this meeting that our technical gurus were able to allow members to call in and listen to the proceedings live via telephone, allowing the largest potential attendance of any NYRA event.

Several of the featured workshops have spawned much debate in the NYRA community, especially Chris Styskal’s presentation on the offensive nature and use of the word “minor.” Though we were unable to contact Chris himself for comments, there has been quite a buzz around this topic ever since, with members weighing in on both sides of the issue. The Annual Meeting marks only the second time that the new Washington, DC office has been opened to the community. The first was back in March, a simple open-house to let people see what our work and their kind and generous contributions had achieved. Behind the scenes, it was also a chance for NYRA members to meet, hang out, and generally have fun. View pics from the event here.

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