Marilyn Smith welcomes us and extends condolences to hopeful Cubs fans. It ain’t over yet!!

The quality of the conference is determined by who shows up … and for some reason this is the most social conference we’ve ever had.

(My theory on this is that the destination resort known as the Mall of America makes everything very, very easy. Quick elevators right next to the meeting rooms. Endless acres of parking, endless acres of indoor stuff to do.)

She’s going through the business stuff, like how to get continuing ed credits here, what to do about parking, whether or not to fill out surveys (YES), the unbelievable effort that goes into making this thing a thing. It takes a zillion individual efforts and also lots of money, so make a donation if you can.

The first speaker this morning is another Minnesotan — Dr Ann Parr.