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We have a new website!

Readers, this website for Maryland CAN was set up to facilitate our January 8th conference only and since then we have been working on a new website.  I am happy to report it is now up and running here:

And here is what we are all ABOUT!


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What is happening with MD CAN?

MD CAN organizers have been hard at work after the successful January 8 conference in Annapolis. Our priority has been to compile a database of registrants and attendees, and to obtain their permission for release of their names and e-mail addresses so that fellow participants will know how to contact each other.

We’re also working on an appropriate legal structure for MD CAN, and on developing an interactive website, which we hope will be up and running in just a few weeks.

Feedback from our conference questionnaires has been extremely positive, and it’s clear that Maryland conservatives are ready and willing to join forces to send a strong message throughout the state!

Please check back regularly for updates. We’ll provide a link here just as soon as the new website is ready.

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Our Cathy gives Rush an idea

MD CAN organizer Cathy Trauernicht discussed ‘civility as the new censorship’ with Rush Limbaugh on Thursday.  Read all about it here.   Way to go, Cathy!


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We haven’t forgotten!

We are working as fast as we can getting everyone logged into a database and preparing the e-mail exchange list which we plan to have available well before the end of the month.  If you weren’t asked at registration whether you would be willing to share your name and e-mail address with the other attendees on January 8th, you will be hearing from us to see if we have your permission to do that.

Also, for those of you who asked for receipts for your registrations, I’m working on that today.

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News for January 9th, the day after!

Update #2: Julie Brewington has a very nice summary and photos from the MD CAN conference, check it out here at Right Coast Conservative.

Update: As I mentioned below, the only reporter I saw all day was from the Annapolis Patch.  Click here for the story filed by reporter Cory Galliher.

Thanks so much to all of you who traveled in nasty weather to Annapolis yesterday for the Inaugural Maryland Conservative Action Network Conference.  I’m trying to find the right word to describe the conference other than it was wild.  We got slammed!   Going into the conference on Friday we had about 180 registrants (80 above what our earlier goal had been).   We ultimately had around 215!   That number is based, not on sorting out registrations this  morning (that’s going to take all week), but on the fact that the hotel did a fantastic job of finding more food in the kitchen to bring the boxed lunch numbers up to 215!

Thanks to all of the last minute helpers we had at the registration tables to get everyone checked in!

In addition to all of you, we thank our speakers who were all fabulous and who generously gave their time to be with us yesterday.   Some of them have groups they work with, so you might consider helping support those groups as a way of saying thanks.  And, by all means, please join their organizations!

As first time conference organizers, we sure learned a lot!   I don’t know where to begin with that, but did want to mention that if you were one of the 80 plus people who squeezed into Apostle Claver’s “conversion politics” training session, you should know the hotel said we couldn’t stay in the ballroom but could use the smaller adjoining room which seated 40.  Figuring that 40 seats sounded pretty good, that’s what we did.  We were wrong.

One thing we were right about was advance planning to keep the conference moving forward and on schedule.  I didn’t notice exactly when we finished but it must have been about 4:35.  So Cathy and Tonya as moderators, planned for and stuck tenaciously to a schedule for the day.  Perhaps its unseemly for me to suggest it, but thanks to Cathy and Tonya for the well-oiled moderation of the conference!

Judging by the large number of  attendees visiting the vendor booths, we hope that you all found lots of new members and supporters.

We look forward to reviewing the questionnaires many of you filled out to figure out what our next step might be.  MD CAN to date is simply three women putting on a conference.  We will keep you all posted on the results of your suggestions from the questionnaires.  If you took one home, please take time to fill it out and send it to our Post Office box address.

Our fervent hope was for us all to meet each other, learn from speakers and each other, and go away with new networking friends.  I think we accomplished that, although we wish we had met more of you!

The networking list that we told you about on several occasions will now take a little time to organize (after we had a zillion new registrations).  At check-in we asked if you would be willing to make available to fellow attendees your name, county and e-mail address.  If you said ‘yes,’ we will soon be  pulling that information together and only those who said ‘yes,’ will be receiving the list.  If it’s a ‘no’ we completely understand.  If you indicated neither, you will get an e-mail from me asking again.   I noted that there were two counties trying to pull their fellow attendees together at the afternoon break to meet each other—one was the much larger Montgomery County contingent and the other the Prince George’s group.

Until we can get a real bulletin board website going (the only thing we’ve discussed for MD CAN to do moving forward), please visit this blog for more updates on the conference.

An afterthought: As far as I know only one reporter attended this large gathering of Maryland conservatives, and that was a reporter from the Annapolis Patch.  So, if you see any coverage, send it my way.    It’s typical that the mainstream media in Maryland is not covering this story, but as someone said, it’s o.k. if they underestimate us right now.


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News for January 8th

Sorry to see that the weathermen yesterday morning were wrong and now it’s snowing!   They are predicting a few inches. Hopefully it won’t keep you away.  We are here in Annapolis and ready to go. 

Drive safely!

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News for January 7th

Good morning and good news…prayers have been answered and it looks like any bad weather will have moved out by later today, and tomorrow should be good for driving to Annapolis!  UPDATE:  OOPs!  Sorry! The forecast changed somewhere late in the day!

We hope that this first MD CAN conference, which has now generated so much excitement with last minute registrations, will be the beginning of more networking across the state to promote conservative principles through action locally, statewide and nationally.

See you tomorrow!

Some last minute updates:

If you haven’t seen the press release yesterday, check it out here and send to your media contacts.  Bring, or send us, your media contacts so we can compile a state list for everyone to use.

We will be finalizing the registration list this morning and will have to cut it off at noontime, so that we can get down to Annapolis.  However, you can still register at the door tomorrow morning.   It looks like we will have around 175 participants, but it could be more depending on how many come tomorrow without advance notice.

There are about 10 registrations from late yesterday that have not been checked in (or possibly a few in the Post Office Box), but will be acknowledged this morning.  However, don’t hesitate to e-mail me, Ann,  to check on your registration if you are concerned about it.

There were also a few e-mail addresses that were not legible or were kicked back, so that may be why you haven’t heard anything.

If you are paying at the door, remember cash or checks, we do not have the ability to process credit cards.

We have about 18 booths (tables) that various groups have reserved in the main concourse to promote their organizations.   Please come early to allow time for meeting the group leaders.    Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. with coffee and refreshments available.  This is your best time to mingle and visit organization booths.

Speakers biographies

Be sure to take a few minutes and read our speaker bios.  Although each has a long list of accomplishments and a distinguished career, for the sake of time, we aren’t planning to spend a lot of time introducing them.  Also, if you read the bios it may help you formulate questions for a back and forth discussion with our presenters, something we very much want to encourage.

Lunch table discussion topics

We would like to make our lunch break another opportunity to network and meet activists involved with other issues and from other areas of the state.  So when you check in, note on the reverse side of your agenda that this list (below) of lunch table discussions will be available.  As we break for lunch, about half of the tables will be identified as tables for the various topics.  You are not limited to those topics!   The remaining tables are for those who wish to sit with friends new and old and just enjoy conversing about whatever.   So, just pick up your boxed lunch and head to the table of your choice.   If the table is full and it’s a topic that you really want to be involved in, just pull up an extra chair.

Some of our speakers and group leaders will be leading some of these lunch table discussions:














If you didn’t see it the other day, for more information you might want to visit the News for January 5th, here.  Also, for all other conference information click on the various topics listed just below our name in the header above.

Questions?   Ann

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