Annual Conference Information

2018 OAMR Annual Academy & Conference

Portland, Oregon
September 19-21, 2018

Annual Academy - Wednesday, September 19
Annual Conference - Thursday & Friday, September 20-21
Athenian Leadership Dialogue - Friday, September 21

Make Your Hotel Reservations Now:

Holiday Inn @ PDX Airport
8439 Ne Columbia Boulevard
Portland, Oregon  97220-1382

503.914.5245 or 1.800.HOLIDAY

GROUP CODE – Mention block code OMR (not OAMR)
Deadline for group rate:  August 28, 2018

Annual Academy & Conference Base Costs for Members
Annual Academy Registration $150.00 (Wednesday, September 19)
Annual Conference Registration $300.00 (Thursday & Friday, September 20-21)
Athenian Leadership Dialogue $35.00 additional fee (Friday, September 21)

2018 Annual Academy Session

The 2018 Annual Academy will be held on Wednesday, September 19, 2018, at the Holiday Inn @ PDX, 8439 NE Columbia Boulevard, Portland, Oregon, from 8:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. The session will be presented by Bethanne Kronick, from Simplify!

Takeaways from this session include:

•    The foundation of being organized.
•    The myth of multi-tasking.
•    Strategies for managing incoming information – paper, e-mail, telephone,     and verbal requests.
•    Strategies for prioritizing, planning, and dealing with interruptions.
•    E-Mail efficiency and electronic information management.
•    Project management strategies.
•    Time management tactics and tools.
•    Self-defeating habits – awareness and management.
•    Following through and developing new habits.
•    Development of an action plan.

This session will provide three education points for both CMC and MMC candidates on completion of an assessment. The cost of the workshop is $150.00 for OAMR members, $165 for non-members, and includes lunch.

2018 Annual Athenian Leadership Dialogue

The 2018 annual Athenian Leadership will be held on Friday, September 21, 2018, at the Holiday Inn @ PDX, 8439 NE Columbia Boulevard, Portland, Oregon, from 9:45 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. Mary Lynne Stratta, MMC, City Clerk for the City of Bryant, Texas, will facilitate this session.

This session will provide three education points for both CMC and MMC candidates on completion of an assessment. The cost of the session is $35.00. Please register prior to September 7, 2018, as seating is limited to 35 participants.

Athenian Leadership Dialogues are conversations that go beyond the usual knowledge recall and application process familiar to all recorders in training seminars. They are unique because they explore leadership principles and practice, drawing on the insights contained in a book that all participants have read.

Dialogues are conversations in which recorders share their experience and understanding as it relates to the ideas of the author and the relevance of those ideas to their public leadership role.

The premise of the Athenian Dialogue Society is the idea that recorders are leaders in very profound yet subtle ways. Leadership here is not the transactional vending machine citizens seem to believe about public management. The interest and involvement of the participants, as well as the author's specific focus and emphasis, require that the facilitator move with purpose using language of meaning, feeling, and power. Participants devote six hours to a Dialogue and come away intellectually enriched by this communication experience.

Participation in an Athenian Leadership Dialogue requires the purchase and reading of the book prior to the session. The book is “Shoot Like a Girl,” by MJ Hegar. This is an excellent book and well worth the read.

Questions should be directed to Peggy Hawker, at, or by telephone at 541.574.0613.

General Academy & Annual Conference Information

Academy Session

The Academy is an all day session held on Wednesday.  It may provide three education points for both CMC and MMC candidates.  In order to receive educational points for attending this Academy session, you must complete a course assessment (KTAP) to meet IIMC requirements.

Annual Conference
The Annual Conference is Thursday and Friday, filled with educational concurrent and general sessions.

Conference Lanyards
Registration includes a name tag lanyard, which should be worn for the duration of the conference. It will include a meal ticket for the Friday night banquet. Lanyards also have ribbons which designate new members, special guests, speakers, vendors, past presidents, Conference Committee, and the OAMR Board. Watch for the new member / first time attendee ribbons and make someone feel welcome with a big OAMR hello!

Business Meeting Packet
The Business Meeting will be held Friday morning. Packets are available on the website prior to conference.

Meals included with the full conference registration are lunch on Thursday; and plated breakfast, lunch, and Annual Banquet on Friday. Extra tickets for any event can be purchased at the registration area. 

Breaks are generally provided twice a day. Use these breaks to visit with exhibitors, network with other recorders, shop at the OAMR store, purchase raffle tickets, and view/bid on silent auction items. Beverages will be available daily and an occasional sweet treat might turn up.

Region pictures will be taken during the breaks (location and times to be listed in the conference handbook). New Board, Past Presidents, and Special Guests will be taken during the President's Reception just prior to the Banquet. Please be at the location on time to keep on schedule.

Conference Attire
Conference attire will be "business casual". The Annual Banquet on Friday is "semi-formal" wear.  The key is to be comfortable throughout the conference. Conference and event attire should be whatever is comfortable for you, normally most do business casual.  The conference rooms can be chilly so a sweater or light jacket may be in order.  For the Friday night semi-formal Annual Banquet, your may wear semi-formal or a Hawaiian dress/shirt for this year's Hawaiian theme.  No matter what you wear don't let clothes keep you from attending the banquet and being able to enjoy the full experience! We want you to have a wonderful time!

Mentor/Mentee/1st Time Attendee Breakfast
First time attendees are invited to attend the Mentor/Mentee/1st Time Attendee Breakfast on Thursday morning to welcome new and first-time attendees to the conference.

President's  Reception
All conference attendees are invited to attend the President's  Reception on Wednesday evening. 

Kathy Walk
The Kathy Ishiara Scholarship walk was founded as a means to honor Medford’s City Recorder Kathy Ishiara, who passed away in 1998 after a long battle with breast cancer.  Sign up for the Kathy Walk  on your Annual Conference Registration form or sign-up when you arrive at the Conference. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged to ensure enough swag is available for all participants. The event will be $25.00

Annual Banquet
The Annual Banquet will be held on Friday night. 

These supporters of OAMR are a vital part of putting on a great conference. Please take the time to visit their booths, introduce yourself, and get your door prize form signed. All Exhibitors will be invited to attend the Thursday lunch, so please welcome them and voice your appreciation for their support of OAMR as many are also sponsors.

Community Outreach Project
A few years ago, OAMR started doing a community outreach project for a charitable organization in the city hosting our conference. 

This year’s non-profit is Clackamas Women’s Services & Shelter in Portland. This is a place for women to go for help with Domestic Violence & Sexual Abuse.  The items listed below are what they can use.  Please bring any items you wish to donate to the conference.


  • General pantry items like: flour, sugar, vegetable oil, salt, pepper, and dried spices, pasta sauce, canned fruits, canned vegetables, crackers, snacks, comfort foods, microwave popcorn, top ramen, condiments
  • Dried beans, rice, rice noodles, masa corn flour, cereal, coffee, tea, canned soup
  • Household cleaners & supplies: all-purpose disinfecting wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, dish soap, all-purpose non-bleach spray like Lysol
  • Hand soap, laundry soap, dryer sheets, dishwasher soap, bath soap, large size toiletries
  • Garbage bags, large black and large/medium white bags
  • Solid color sheet sets, full and twin size, wash cloths, sponges, dish cloths
  • Birthday gifts for women – journals, chocolates, body wash sets, manicure sets, facial sets, adult coloring books /pencils, gift bags, tissue paper, greeting cards, makeup bags, nail polish
  • Small gifts for children - Decks of cards, bubbles, fun pencils & pens, magnets, magnetic mirrors, foam footballs, paddleball, card games

 Thank you for your consideration in helping out this very important organization for women in crisis.

 Committee Sign-Up Sheets
Please sign up to serve on one or more of the OAMR committees, which are the backbone of our organization. Your contribution of time, ideas, and effort are greatly needed, appreciated, and invaluable. Forms will be located near the registration desk. Most of the meetings for the committees can take place via email and telephone, so don't let distance be a deterrent to signing up. 

Visit OAMR's Flikr page to view photos from the 2017 OAMR Annual Conference. 

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