By Chelle George
The SayWhatClub convention was held last month in Madison, WI. A number of us came together for about 4 days finding our place, in our tribe. We love the convention idea, the workshops, the location and the hotel but mainly we come together because we enjoy hanging out with others who are hard of hearing. We understand our communication needs and help each other along and no matter what, it’s like being with long, lost friends/family.
I think of looking forward to getting there and I completely wear myself out while there trying to soak up as much as the tribal high as I can. I have a great time. This blog post is dedicated to the people who went and made the convention what it was. I miss everyone so much.
Marty and I at the registration table. I get to work with some of the best people.
A scene from the welcome party with Vicky, Maurice, Henderson, Nancy with Marti, Joyce and Joanne at the table behind.
Then later a few us gathered (traditionally) at the hotel bar to visit. You see Jim, Tom, Marti and Jazzy.
The city bus tour crowd on Thursday. Lots of them toured the city and even Donna, who lives near Madison, said she learned things about the city.
I didn’t do the city tour but as I came back to the hotel, I found them all getting off the bus. Here is Leslie, me and Stephen.
The cochlear informal chat gathering with Michele, Wendy and Robin.
Here is Pat, who helped arrange the tour, Vicky, Shelley and our local chair, Donna.
Even the hotel guy got in the fun when I returned some equipment we didn’t need. The hotel was a fantastic choice.
The Friday Night fish fry crowd. We gathered outside the Old Fashioned while waiting for them put tables together for us. It was good company and probably the best fish and chips I’ve ever had.
Socializing wasn’t all that difficult between the tribe in spite of the acoustics. Pictured are Lorne, Donna, Shari, Mike and Joanne (who I seemed to have caught half way to a smile).
Another great group of people. Vicky, Nancy, Marty and Stephen.
Good food, good people. What more do we need? Here is Henderson, Pat, Jim and Mary Lou.
Here is Brenda and her husband Tom who accompanied her to the convention this year. He learned things and had fun too.
The bar is a popular spot after the workshops, after the touring and when things are winding down. It’s not about the drinking so much as it is just being together. Leslie, below, had us laughing so hard that night our stomachs hurt.
Leslie taking a selfie for her matching outfit and drink-in person the drink was blue!
These are my people and they are my tribe. They are where I feel the most comfortable. I think we should open a hard of hearing intentional community. Once a year is not nearly enough time to be with these people.
There are more fun pictures floating around which other people took. I’ll go through them, get permission to use them and show them off in another post in the not too distant future.