Wow! As I look at the calendar, I realize that two months ago today, I checked into the Monterey Marriott to prepare for your arrival! I can’t believe it has been two months.
I’ve had many thoughts and reflections about DISC 2007, and I would like to share some of them with you. Prior to the conference (and afterwards), I went through many different emotions, some of which were a surprise to me. About six months out, I was scared to death, and completely overwhelmed with all that had to be done in preparation. However, I kept thinking that I had plenty of time, and hopefully, things would come together. Much to my dismay, the time started to pass quickly, registration materials needed to be sent and there were details, details, details that needed to be dealt with. Yikes! Well, silly me, I shouldn’t have worried so much. I know that I said this at the conference, but I want to say again how much help I received from the planning committee, and how much fun many of our moments were together. There were different trials that came up, but when you work with God’s people, it is my experience that there will be a spirit of helpfulness and caring that goes into the work. That was certainly true in my experience.
Also, something that I didn’t realize in advance was how much I would enjoy interacting with all of you via email, phone calls and snail mail. In becoming overwhelmed with the details, I had forgotten about the wonderful group of people that these preparations were for. I was reminded about this on a daily basis, and I loved answering your questions, and sensing your excitement about coming to the Monterey Peninsula. My fear turned into excitement! I want you to know how much I enjoyed all of you, and I want to thank you for being here. I experienced a sense of loss or let down for a few weeks after the conference, because it was back to business as usual and you were gone! But my hope and prayer is that you took back with you the special offerings of our speakers, were enlightened by our liturgies, had fun on the outings, and overall felt welcome here in Monterey.
For any of you that are interested, I would like to suggest participating in the planning of the conference or consider hosting it. I can’t believe how much I learned and enjoyed it. Yes, it is a lot of work, but it is a worthwhile adventure! I gained a greater sense of how all of us are working together as Church, and what a great opportunity it is to come together. Also, being part of a team of persons from all over the country is really fun! One of my favorite moments, was at a barbecue that my husband Bob and I hosted for the planning team the night before the pre-conference. We barbecued “tri-tip” which I have since learned is a cut of meat that is very “California”. (It’s also delicious!) Prior to the barbecue, Art de los Santos (our host for San Antonio) was the only person brave enough to ask what a “tri-tip” was! I found out that with the exception of the California folks (Dale Jonasson and Jim Celoni), nobody else knew what it was either! I guess the rest of the group was confident that Bob and I wouldn’t poison them!
Anyway, if you are interested in being part of the planning team or in hosting, please let myself or one of the board members know. We can fill you in on the details involved.
In closing, I just want to say that if you should return to this area, please let me know. I would be happy to show you some of the “local” hangouts, and of course, suggest some good places to eat! And, as a parting comment, even though Jerry Lawler (Archdiocese of St. Louis) bugged me for years about hosting (I would try to ignore him or just flat out say NO!!!!!!), I am grateful to him for his efforts. I hope he got in a good game of golf while he was here!
God Bless you all and I look forward to seeing you in San Antonio!