By Ralph Cinfio, Vice President Fundraising Services
Memories that will never be forgotten and friendships that will last a lifetime. This is what The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) National Convention is all about, and we are excited that, for the first time in 10 years, Convention will be hosted east of the Rockies in our wonderful host city of Nashville, Tennessee! We look forward to National Convention in Nashville, where we come together to see old friends, make new ones and support the mission of the RMEF.
Typically, convention has moved around to different cities in the western U.S. Most recently, it was held in Las Vegas, but not anymore. You may ask, “Why Nashville?” We moved convention for a myriad of reasons, including the growing number of both elk and RMEF members in the Eastern U.S. We want to reward our members with a wonderful destination city and experiences that no one can offer other than the RMEF. We have changed our agenda to allow attendees more time to explore Nashville’s unique culture first-hand while celebrating 33 years of great conservation success.
Just like every other year, National Convention is a time when everyone who loves what RMEF does comes together to celebrate our mission success and to get a glimpse of where RMEF is headed in the future. We recognize our partners, supporters and sponsors. At Volunteer Fun Night (VFN) we throw the biggest party of the year for everyone to celebrate our volunteers who raise millions of dollars annually to support our mission. Our members form deep friendships, as well as some enduring traditions with other RMEF supporters.
New this year are what we are calling our Taste of Nashville events. When attendees register for the conference, they will have the option to sign up for one of three different functions following our dinner on Friday evening. Space at each event will be limited to provide our attendees with a wonderful, uniquely Nashville experience. We will be hosting an intimate concert at the historic Station Inn, a Nashville songwriters roundtable and performance at the Country Music Hall of Fame, and of course a trip to the Grand Ole Opry!
Although it is tough to look beyond the incredible mission work the Elk Foundation does — helping protect the most important and imperiled habitat in the nation — the most rewarding aspect of being a part of this organization is having that opportunity to build relationships with members like you who have made the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation the best conservation organization in the nation!
We truly hope you will join us again March 2-4, 2017 for our first National Convention east of the Rockies.