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Registered: ‎04-04-2008

Re: National Convention 2015

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Hi All - I was fortunate to attend the event in South Miami Beach and it was amazing.  It started off with a screening of the poignant film I'll See You In My Dreams with Blythe Danner on Thursday night and just got better.  I saw and heard so many wonderful celebrities - Robin Roberts, Ben Stein, Carla Hall, Ingrid Hoffman, Emilio Estefan, Alexander Dinelaris, Sam Elliott, Brett Haley, Rita Moreno, Jon Secada to name a few; and the Talent Show Friday night with Arsenio Hall, Chaka Khan, Kenny Loggins,  and more!  And of course the amazing show with Gloria Estefan on Saturday evening. The Events Team did itself proud.  I know that there will not be a national event in 2016, but I am hopeful that there will be one in 2017.  The rumors were buzzing while I was in Miami that it would be the last event and folks were really sad to learn that.  I don't believe that one can realize how meaningful the national event is to so many unless they are retired and see that the opportunity to attend such a varied entertaining and educational seminar is limited.

.  People plan their vacations around Life@50+ and meet up with their friends at the designated venue.  I feel that having two events in one year affected the overall attendance, however, I think that more people will come if there is only one per year.  Nancy Leamond - are you listening??

Janice Alpern

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Re: National Convention 2015

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I was also disappointed to hear that there will be no more national events. This was my 7th and I have enjoyed them all because I got a chance to see different cities and meet members from all over the country, while getting very valuable information and getting to see so many well-known personalities and hear their stories. I have heard that more local events will be planned, but I will miss these great events. Our local chapters meet during the week and I hope to get involved after I retire.

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I strongly agreee. It was my first time. My mother and I made a belated Mother's Day trip out of it. Absolutely awesome...There must be another somehow......

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National Convention 2015

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Just returned from the National Convention in Miami and I am very sorry to hear there are no future conventions set for the future.  For many like me the conventions give us an opportunity to explore new cities and places while meeting other AARP members and learning new things.  I am really sorry that the National staff made a discussion without a forum for members to discuss the benefits of the conventions.  I can understand the expenses for putting on a large convention but I also know the benefits for members who attended were great. Like to see a regional convention set for the future.  Did anyone attend the Miami or other Life at 50+ conventions? And how did it benefit you?v