Will the Spring 2017 convention be your first convention? Read below for what to expect.
CRP conventions are a first and foremost a business meeting of the state Party, but they are also a chance to reconnect with friends and activists from around the state, talk with your Republican elected officials, learn new skills, and hear from inspiring speakers.
Most attendees will wear business casual clothing, but come in whatever makes you comfortable! Families are welcome, although make sure you take a look at the agenda to decide if there’s enough programming to keep your young kids interested. The agenda in your registration packet, on the convention website, and mobile app, will be your guide for the weekend.
Your first stop at convention will be the registration area to get your credentials. When you pick up your registration badge, it will give you access to all of the convention trainings, workshops, and meetings. There are typically up to a dozen committee meetings throughout the weekend, plus 4-6 trainings and workshops, all open for registered attendees.
As you walk through the convention halls on Friday and throughout the weekend, you’ll see lots of exhibitors. From jewelry vendors to mail production shops to advocacy groups, make sure you visit the exhibitors throughout the weekend.
Convention kicks off on Friday with the CRP Board of Directors Meeting in the morning, and the Executive Committee lunch. This working meeting of the Executive Committee is open to all, although non-members will be asked to leave when the Committee begins its closed session work.
You don’t want to miss the Welcome Reception on Friday evening, which is included in your registration price as well! The VIP Receptions and Banquets throughout the weekend do require separate ticket purchases. If you’re not attending the banquets, there are lots of dining options in the convention area.
Throughout the weekend you’ll see hospitality receptions listed on the agenda. These are typically open to all attendees, and hosted by various candidates and organizations. There are receptions throughout the weekend, but many of them take place on Friday and Saturday night, after the banquets end at 9 p.m. The receptions are a chance for socializing, and many attendees attend some or all of them!
On Sunday morning, General Session is the highlight of the convention. CRP Delegates sit in assigned seating by their county, while guests sit in marked areas. Committee reports are voted on, and Delegates hear reports from the Party’s officers.
When the gavel comes down at the end of General Session, convention is over…until we see you next time!