Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Final planning for the 11th Annual Virginia Statewide Neighborhood Conference

Planning the bus tour

There is still time to register for the Virginia Statewide Neighborhood Conference at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center September 23 through the 25. The last planning session was held Tuesday evening at Jerusalem Baptist Church.

Bev Fitzpatrick, Executive Director of the Virginia Museum of Transportation is corralling the buses to take participants from all over Virginia on tours of Roanoke neighborhoods. Four or five buses will be available from Commonwealth Coach and Trolley.

Fitzpatrick was finalizing bus routes with the neighborhoods on one side of the room Tuesday while Bob Clement; Roanoke Neighborhood Services gave instructions to the volunteers. All is coming together.

Though some of the buses have “mostly” working air conditioners the hope is “for cool weather like we had last week,” said Fitzpatrick. The windows work and hopefully the microphone systems will be available for each neighborhood representative to espouse their neighborhood pride as the tour bus passes.

The featured speaker at the conference is Nikki Giovanni, world-renowned poet, writer, commentator, activist and educator. Giovanni is the author of some 30 books for both adults and children. She is a University Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Michelle Simpson, founder of the Inspiring Minds Youth Development Center in Hampton, Virginia, is the Keynote Speaker for the VSNC’s Partnership Luncheon on Friday, September 24th.

To register visit www.vsnc.org or call (540)342-2763. Registrations will be accepted through September 17.

Posted By Valerie Garner

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