It sounds like you have had pretty bad go of it this year. I read your
first memo about the TAEA Lubbock conference. I am sorry you had so many
complaints! I agree that there were fewer people in attendance this year
but the Council At Large knew that that would be the case when the Lubbock
bid was chosen. We agreed years ago to go outside the loop (Houston,
Dallas, Ft. Worth, Austin, San Antonio) because our members from those
outer areas wanted to host the conference. In 1993 we were in Abilene,
and a few years later we went to Corpus. I found it valuable to go to
those areas and find out what the arts there had to offer.
By the way, there were many door prizes given away--you did not have to be
there to win the TAEA boothe had a large chalk board where they kept the
list of winners. The commericial vendors provided really nice gifts of art
supplies and such. I am sorry you didn't know about it.
As for you substitute problems, if you don't have the luxury of finding a
sub that you know and trust, the best thing you could do is arrange for
the sub early enought that you could call and talk to the person ahead of
time to let them know your plans. Personal contact from you would
encourage them to follow your plans.
I hope you have better results the next time you have to be out. Take
care of yourself so that you can go to the San Antonio Conference next
Program Specialist for Art K-12