The following message is from Dr. Gopal Sankaran, Governing Councilor and Chair of the Global Health Connections Committee.
I am happy to share with you the good news that Dr. Georges Benjamin, Executive Director of APHA and Mr. T. J. McCabe, Director of Convention Services, have kindly agreed to our request and arranged for a Welcome Booth for overseas attendees at the upcoming Annual Meeting (October 27-31, 2012) in San Francisco.
The Welcome Booth is a great opportunity for us to greet, meet and network with attendees from overseas and make them feel at home at the conference and the city. For some this may be their first annual meeting (and you know how overwhelming that could be) or their first visit to San Francisco, or both. I am hopeful that we all would be able to contribute an hour or two or more to staff the Welcome Booth to ease their transition.
Christine Tronson Benner, our Section Councilor, has set up a sign-up sheet on Doodle. Please visit http://www.doodle.com/ddz274p5qdrytv54 and sign up for days and times when you are available to help. If, for some reason, you are unable to sign up online, please forward your day and time preferences to Christine at Christine[dash]benner[at]ouhsc[dot]edu. Kindly sign up at your earliest convenience.
All shifts meet at the Welcome Booth on the first floor lobby of the Moscone West Convention Center on the corner of 4th and Howard streets (near the Annual Meeting registration counters).
The hour or two or more that you spend at the Welcome Booth will be spent on greeting our overseas colleagues, learning about them, providing them with a special ribbon, directing them to appropriate conference rooms, and answering their questions. Serving at the Welcome Booth has always helped me to learn more about the conference venues and the host city.
Thank you! I look forward to seeing you in San Francisco!