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NRRCC North Regional Respiratory Care Conference. Minnesota-Wisconsin Wisconsin-Minnesota Come together for educational conference. MN Perspective . 1996: Deb Skees Pres-elect MN at the AARC leadership meeting Discussions about the “Tri-State” meeting IDEA spawned!

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nrrcc north regional respiratory care conference

NRRCCNorth Regional Respiratory Care Conference

Minnesota-Wisconsin

Wisconsin-Minnesota

Come together for educational conference

mn perspective
MN Perspective
  • 1996: Deb Skees Pres-elect MN at the AARC leadership meeting
  • Discussions about the “Tri-State” meeting
  • IDEA spawned!
    • Deb brings in Denise Johnson into the plan
      • Can we say “synergistic”?
underlying reasons to join forces
Underlying reasons to join forces
  • Decreased volunteerism
  • Improved program speakers with larger venue
  • Economies of scale
  • Play on the positives of the states
beginnings in wisconsin
Beginnings in Wisconsin
  • WSRC Board began to brainstorm in the mid to late 1990’s.
  • Goal was to provide the best conference for the money for our members.
  • How could we increase both quality of speakers and number of attendees??
  • How could we generate more interest in and revenue from the state conference?
  • Biggest expenses—speakers and facility
discussion at aarc hod
Discussion at AARC HOD
  • Other states had already merged their annual conference
  • Delegates Lynn Symrk Lenz and Bob Milisch from Wisconsin discussed the idea with their Minnesota counterparts Deb Skees and Denise Johnson
  • Lynn and Bob brought the idea to the WSRC
  • Deb and Denise brought the idea to the MSRC
states foaming to work together
States “foaming” to work together
  • Similar in numbers attending conferences
  • Common upper midwest ideals
    • Hard working
    • Hard playing
    • Fun
    • And did we mention fun?
crossing state lines
Crossing State Lines
  • 2001—MN coordinators visited the WI State conference in Stevens Point.
  • At this meeting, the merger was made between the 2 states to form the North Regional Respiratory Care Conference.
  • Planning for the first NRRCC to be held in 2005 had begun.
  • Vendor Champions included in planning
how did that go
How Did that go?
  • Wisconsota
  • Minnisconsin

This could never work, Packers and Vikings fans all working together?

Don’t be ridiculous!

separate governing body
Separate Governing Body
  • Joint Executive Committee for NRRCC
    • 3 members from each state (tie breaker needed)
    • Bylaws were developed from a previous structure used by Joe Huff from Ohio
    • Maintain each state’s structural integrity
    • Separate board meetings
    • Separate Sputum Bowls
contract
Contract
  • 4 year trial contract
    • Rotate every other to each state
    • Identified location within state
    • Time of year
      • MN fall
      • WI spring
      • Alternated to evaluate best practice
no easy battle
No Easy Battle
  • Performa’s presented to both BOD
  • Issues to work through
    • State identities
    • Local vendors
    • Locations Locations locations
    • RT’s willing to travel
    • Financial arrangements
    • What if’s….
positive outcomes
Positive Outcomes
  • Meeting new people and making new friends
  • Higher quality conference
  • Sharing new ideas
  • Increased volunteer pool
  • National vendors save money/have higher contact ratio
  • Increased revenues for each state
concerns
Concerns
  • Locate the conference in a central location close to population centers.
  • The far borders of the states are marginalized when the conference is in the other state.
  • Members might only attend a conference every other year in their own state.
issues
Issues
  • Timing issues
    • Awards
    • Elections
    • Annual business meetings
2004 wisconsin conference
2004 Wisconsin Conference
  • 2 nationally recognized speakers
  • AARC speaker
  • 275-300 attendees
  • 55-60 vendors
  • $16,000-18,000 in revenue
2007 nrrcc conference
2007 NRRCC conference
  • 5 nationally recognized speakers
  • AARC speaker
  • 517 attendees
  • 85 vendors
  • $55,000-60,000 in revenue
what do you get for your money
What do you get for your money?
  • $200.00 AARC member
  • $75.00 Student
  • 11.5-13 CRCE
  • 3 day conference
  • Unopposed vendor time
  • 3 breakfasts and 2 lunches are included
kalahari resort wisconsin dells
Kalahari Resort-Wisconsin Dells
  • 2009 room rate $104.00/night for up to 4 people.
  • Includes tickets to the largest indoor water park in the US—located right at the hotel.
  • 2016 room rate already locked in at $110.00.
  • Contract locked in with NRRCC through 2017.
revenue sharing
Revenue Sharing
  • First $1000.00 to host state
  • Remaining revenue divided equally into 2 parts
  • In one divided part, the revenue is split 50/50
  • In the other divided part, the revenue is split based on percentage of attendees per state
revenue sharing example
Revenue Sharing Example
  • In 2007, Wisconsin was the host state
  • $60,000 total revenue
  • Wisconsin Minnesota

$1000.00 -------

$14,750.00 $14,750.00

$19,666.67 66.7%/33.3% $ 9,833.33

$ 35,416.67 Total/state $ 24,583.33

results
Results
  • Increased revenues
  • Positive vendor response and increased numbers
  • BOD’s happy on both states
  • RT’s very positive response-adapted well-increased participants
nrrcc continues
NRRCC Continues
  • Both state BOD’s renewed contract to continue another 4 years.
  • Exceptional Affiliation
    • States compete and support one another
    • Both bring strengths to table
    • Work and play well together
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