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Our Thank you’s

April 6, 2010
So, it’s hard to believe that the conference is over. We still vividly remember the day we submitted our bid to National Board one year ago. It has been a crazy year of planning and we thought that we would be relieved once the conference was over. However now that it finally is, we’re going through some intense ITASA withdrawals. 😦 Thinking back on it, this conference involved the effort and dedication of so many people, and the success of this conference cannot all be attributed to just us Co-Directors. So a few thank you’s to:
  • Our speakers, leaders in the Taiwanese American community who were so gracious and generous in devoting their time to creating awesome keynote speeches and workshop sessions. For 2010 we made workshops and keynote speakers our prime focus, and they’re really what ITASA conferences are all about. These speakers inspired us, and we hope that in turn through this conference, they inspired you too.
  • Our generous sponsors, because without their support, this conference would never have happened. To those not mentioned in the programming booklet, thank you to Malaysia Airlines for their corporate sponsorship, as well as TACL National, for donating the Write in Taiwanese Census t-shirts. In addition to our sponsors, there were also other people who believed in us and guided us through this entire year of conference-planning. With all the difficulties and ups and downs, there were people who stood by us and recognized that this conference was an important cause that could and would be a success.
  • Our conference team, the DREAM TEAM, for being the force of the entire ITASA 2010 conference at UCSD. YOU GUYS MADE IT HAPPEN! There can be no greater joy than knowing that your hard work throughout the year helped bring together so many college kids in just one weekend. We are so proud of you guys!! Included in this are also the volunteers! Part of our strength this year was having so many enthusiastic volunteers and small group leaders who were able to carry everything out so smoothly and efficiently. You guys were the foundation of the conference, and we’re so grateful for all your help.
  • Last but not least, the conference attendees!! We cannot thank all of you enough for participating in this year’s ITASA West Coast Conference. It’s pretty amazing that once a year, so many Taiwanese American college kids can get together to celebrate and see for themselves the strength of our community. We truly hope that you all got something out of this conference, whether it was new friends, a better understanding of being Taiwanese American, a stronger desire to stay involved in the community, or the inspiration to simply go beyond the horizon.

OUR FINAL STATS:
239 attendees
50 team members and volunteers
47 sponsors
25 colleges/high schools represented
22 speakers
10 participating organizations
1 AMAZING weekend

The ITASA West Coast Conference happens only once a year, so we hope that this past weekend at UCSD has been an experience you will never forget. And remember that next year, it will all happen again at the ITASA 2011 West Coast Conference at UC Berkeley!

Signing out,
Erica Ling & Jeanette Low
Co-Directors
ITASA 2010 West Coast Conference at UC San Diego
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