I kind of skipped over day two. Sorry about that.
A lot of convention seems to be about listening to other people, a skill which I, admittedly, do not have a good grasp on. I’m trying my best, but sometimes it’s hard and the rooms are really really cold (to keep people from falling asleep?)
I’ve been a JACL member for almost as long as I can remember, and I’m thankful for that. Had I not been forced into going to JACL functions when I was younger, I would not be here. I’ve been through many a conference (though never a national convention), a membership lapse of a year, and a triumphant (not) return. I feel like I know the organization pretty well, but I find myself with much to learn. And that’s okay.
I didn’t get into this because I thought I could be the revolutionary who could change things overnight. In fact, I’m not a revolutionary at all, not even close. But I see good things in the JACL, with the hope of something really great and sustainable. And maybe I’ll be a part of that.