NYRA’s 2007 Annual Meeting took place on Saturday, July 28, and Sunday, July 29, in Washington, D.C.
According to Executive Director Alex Koroknay-Palicz, the new office was a great boon. “We always had the option of going up to the office, which was very nice, and a big improvement over previous years when we always had quite a struggle trying to find locations to make copies and get on the Internet and other necessities,” said he, “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.” 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. Alex KP himself was kind enough to host several of our out-of-town members, who enjoyed both spirited Youth Rights debate and a rousing game of Monopoly.