Last week I took the opportunity to attend the South Dakota Rural Women in Agriculture Conference. This was my second convention, as I also attended last year.
This event was held at the beautiful Spearfish Canyon Lodge. Driving the canyon in the fall is an experience in its self. The fall foliage and colors were gorgeous.
The pre-conference workshops I attended were Getting it Printed – Recognized by Media and Digital Photography Basics. A local newspaper publisher gave participants an insight on how to get media outlets to take notice of news releases. Kindra Gordon, a freelance writer, shared ideas about agvocating in our home town and community. Photographer Les Voorhis taught the photography session. We went on a little hike and talked about lighting while photographing nature.
The supper entertainment was Sid Gross, Social Science Professor at the School of Mines and Technology. His discussion topic was “Generations in the Workplace.” He talked about the characteristics of Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X and Y. Mr. Gross also showed several interesting demographic maps concerning population distribution.
When rural women have a chance to get off the ranch they tend to have fun and a lot of it! Jewelry making, massages, sewing, and wine tasting completed an enjoyable evening.
For the early risers, like myself, a morning walk to the falls was a refreshing way to start the second day of the conference.
Look for more of my conference highlights tomorrow.