Volunteering at CLL 92nd Annual Session

Volunteering to Serve Behind the Scenes at a Major ADHA Event:

CLL 92nd Annual Session Nashville

CLL 92nd Annual Session Nashville

My first Tennessee dental hygiene meeting was in January 2015 after my husband and I had just moved to middle TN from the Washington, D.C. area. At that meeting, volunteers were recruited for the ADHA Center For Lifelong Learning meeting coming to Nashville in June. Having only lived in Tennessee for a few months, I did not yet have the volunteer blood in my veins and did not sign up. However, I knew I wanted to be a part of the national event taking place just up the road. As the 92nd CLL Annual Session approached, I realized I had the time available to help out and signed up. I really had no idea what I was getting into, but thanks to many experienced hands jumping in with gusto, all was successful and I learned a lot about what it takes to put on a big event.

The first night was an assembly line putting together the bags which every attendee would receive. Yes, every attendee…all 2,100+ of them. Next, we were given our instructions for each volunteer position. Starting bright and early the next morning, and working throughout the day for the next 3 days, I was a Room Monitor, a Speaker Host, a Greeter, and a Floater. The best part was getting to meet so many hard working people putting everything together behind the scenes. The hardest part was having to leave the keynote speaker early to be at my20140413_101858_4_bestshot volunteer post! Note for next time, keep lots of paper towels (for spills)and band aids (for blisters) handy. It was kind of fun running in the hallway though trying to track those things down.

I am so proud to have been part of helping out with the Nashville CLL Annual Session. There are amazing women and men in our organization and they put together another hugely successful, amazing convention. I will not hesitate to sign up again.

Sallie Benedict, RDH.

From Tennessee, the Volunteer State!!