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August 13, 2014
Bob Butler
President of NABJ 

Thank You NABJ For A Great Convention in Boston!

Hello, NABJ!

We have just completed a successful convention Boston. More than 2100 people took part in the training, mentoring, recruiting and networking that are synonymous with the annual NABJ family reunion.

I am here to talk about a paradigm shift in how we move NABJ forward and how we operate as an organization.

As you may know, our constitution was written in 1975. Last year members ordered the board to seat a commission to amend the constitution. This is no easy task because you need a two-thirds vote for approval. I am happy to report 80 percent of the ballots cast voted to move NABJ forward. Thank you!!!

The work the commissioners did was truly outstanding. They have now been discharged but I’d like to keep them in the reserves.

The Constitution and Operating Procedures Committee, the Elections Committee and the Membership Committee will now do the due diligence required to implement the changes.
You know, we get so busy preparing for the convention that we often don’t get a chance to sit back and reflect on how successful and rewarding these gatherings are each year.
When you come to NABJ it’s kind of like when you move to a new city and have to find a church. You go to one and it’s okay, you try another and it’s all right. Then you go that third church and you get the feeling and you realize, “this is home.”

I’ve had that feeling twice: the first time, as a recovering addict and alcoholic, when I attended my first Narcotics Anonymous meeting in 1986. The second time was in 2000, when I walked into the NABJ Convention registration hall in Phoenix. I looked around and said, “Yeah! I’ll be back.”
People have been getting that feeling for 39 years, and next year we’ll be celebrating 40 years of NABJ!!! That is remarkable. Our founders deserve our thanks and respect.




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