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A lot happens between one convention to the next. I hope this blog will share with the members all the STUFF in between. Enjoy and please contact me at ppaneprez@ppane.com if you have something you would like to share for the blog.

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Friday, May 1, 2009

Last stop on the Tour De New England

OK, here it is! The last stop on my New England tour! I now have the bragging rites of 6 states, 6 conventions, NO snow storms AND no speeding tickets!! I'm not sure how many other PPANE presidents can say that. I am happy to be on that list, then on the list that had all the snow storms.

A special thanx to all the photographers that supplied me with the images for the blog ...Crystal Nadeau, Tim Cameron, Bob Akers, John Malboeuf and Art Swenson

NHPPA -66 cases!!

For a bunch of friends we certainly had 7 different opinions. This is what makes print judging so fair, is that you add us all together and come up with an average. I was in the print room at 8:30 AM and we finished up at 10:30 PM. LONG day, but lots of fun!

As a judge you know going to NH you will see lots and lots of prints. As usual their print cases were up to 66! Way to go NHPPA!! Most cases in NE!!

Do you think we the judges had to many challenges? Ask the print comittee! Did we talked to much? Or get up and looked at every print? In the end we certainly gave the audience something to listen to.

What a ride!

NHPPA All the Fun we had!

NHPPA 50th Banquet

Look at that smile!! Do I look HAPPY? Can you tell it's my last speech for awhile?? NHPPA can be a tough group to do anything serious with, but keeping it short and having them promise to check out all the great speakers for PPANE 2009 at www.PPANE.com
was a big help!
The PPANE Presidents scholarship winners are..
Jeff Lackey- winner
Clair Lemire -1st runner up
Rick English-2nd runner up

I know why NHPPA gets done what they do, look at all these hard working volunteers! WOW, what a great group of dedicated board members. GREAT JOB!!

Another AWESOME National Award presented in New England! What an HONOR to be present as Steve Bedall received the NHPPA National Award. So deserved! Congrats Steve!!!

Judges Choice for NHPPA

Here I am with Heather Smith from Atlanta, GA. She was presenting PPA Certification - A Crash Course at the NHPPA convention. I just fell in love with one of her images. Heather missed her own state judging to be in NH and thought she would enter her prints here to have the learning experience and to hear some of them judged. I had picked my print at the end of our judging day and needed to sign the ribbon. On the way down the elevator the next morning I had my Judges Choice ribbon with me and noticed Heather's name tag, thinking "I think that is the maker of my pick". And sure enough it was! Heather had some other pet images in the show that were very nice as well. Keep up the AWESOME images Heather!!

My NHPPA Peeps

I was happy to get a photograph of my NH PPANE peeps! These guys have worked so hard for PPANE this year. Candace as taken more on then any board member out there as VP of Finance, Gene has brought more idea's, more suggestions and the willingness to follow through. He is doing a tip top job on the by laws to boot. Then I have Lorraine who no matter what I ask she is always willing to help. Thank you guys a BUNCH for working so hard for PPANE, it is volunteers like the three of you that makes PPANE what it is!!

NHPPA 2009 Award winning images!

NHPPA 2009 Group

What an AWESOME group photo taken by out of state NHPPA friend, Bob Akers! You haven't been to a theme banquet until you attend the NHPPA banquet! They make the full use of a theme better then any where else I have been!