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Centennial Celebration Captured at Conference

Numerous events have been held to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the Illinois Association of School Boards. Many of these took place Nov. 22-24 at the 2013 Joint Annual Conference.

This year’s conference, which was held a century after the Association was formed in 1913, invited members to participate in the following activities:

On Friday, the longest-serving board members by division were honored at the First General Session. On Friday and Saturday, all board members and district staff were invited to visit the Centennial Photo Booth in the Exhibit Hall. There was no charge for this souvenir photo shoot.

On Friday and Saturday, the IASB Information Room (Comiskey Room) was decorated to reflect the anniversary atmosphere. A pictorial mural highlighted milestones from each decade in the Association’s 100-year history.

Free coffee, soda, water and cookies were served and free mouse pads and luggage tags were given away. Visitors also had an opportunity to view local district video greetings , sign the IASB anniversary cards and register for a chance to win a Centennial Collection package of commemorative gifts. IASB staff and directors were also on hand to visit with guests and demonstrate Association services and products.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the IASB bookstore offered a variety of Centennial commemorative gifts. The sale featured beverage coasters, koozies, mugs, visors, key chains, license plate frames, pedometers, yardsticks, holiday ornaments, and baby bibs.

The conference activities were in addition to a year-long celebration that began Jan. 1.

The Association’s 100-year history, which has been reported in a series of Journal articles and daily factoids on the IASB website, will also be compiled in a commemorative book to be published after conference. This book, featuring interviews with past executive directors, past presidents, long-serving board members, and long-serving employees, will be distributed at no charge to all members.

And from now until the end of the year, IASB is sponsoring an online trivia contest to test navigation skills and Association history knowledge. Participants can qualify to win a free book from the online bookstore or a free course from the online learning center.

So come join the Centennial celebration! Come join your Association’s anniversary!


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