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2017 Western UP 17%!

17% MORE attendees came to the 2017 Western!  
 
There were NEW faces and orders written!  One long time exhibitor said he wrote not only the biggest order he had ever written at a trade show but TWO!  Thanks for helping to make it a success!

We'll see you January 18-19, 2018 for the 2018 Western in Kansas City, but in between there will be chatting on WNLA webinars, Emerging Leader gatherings and a summer bus trip!
 
Young leaders gathered at the 2017 Western!
 
Emerging Leaders met to discuss tips and ideas to help manage staff as well as ideas for the ever-important "managing up" and an upcoming gathering of the Kansas City area Emerging Leaders at Thou Mayest Coffee Roasters is in the works.
 
The WNLA Student Advisory Committee, 10 top students from colleges in the 5-state region, met and had the opportunity to have lunch with the Western Nursery & Landscape Association Board of Directors.  
 
Three talented young girls from Eisenhower High School, Goddard, KS shared how their on-campus O.W.L.S. space has become a "living legacy for learning" through the development of the site and hands-on activities that engage and stimulate student learning.
 
A young 16 -year -old girl from Central Illinois discovered the Western online and convinced her parents to drive her to Kansas City!   Beth got involved with growing plants through FFA. Now she has a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE), basically her own small business growing annual flowers and vegetables.  She emailed upon returning home and said "The Western conference opened doors for me to expand my business and learn so much about the industry.”
 
And last but not least 6-year-old Lily volunteered to be a model in the Fashion Show of Plants to do her part to “help the butterflies”!
 
We'll see you January 18-19, 2018 for the 2018 Western in Kansas City, but in between there will be chatting on WNLA webinars, Emerging Leader gatherings and a summer bus trip!
 
Since 1890, the Western continues its long-standing tradition as a regional, value oriented and interactive platform. Our purpose is to provide a social and educational networking event creating, engaging and building sustainable relationships for all who members.

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