President’s Message

Submitted by Chris Childs, Midwest Chapter/MLA President 2016

The number of websites on the Internet is staggering.  According to one source there are over 990,829,105 websites currently online with a new website added per second.  Not surprisingly, the country with the most domains is the United States.  Some of the websites on the Internet contain information useful to us and necessary to our work while others do not.

I am happy to announce the recent addition of a website to the Internet that I think you will all find very useful, especially as it gets closer to October.  The website is the 2016 Annual Conference website that can be accessed directly at or by clicking on the link found on the homepage of the Chapter’s website at  I encourage all of you to take some time in the next couple of months and look at all of the information contained in this website.  Everything you need to know about the upcoming joint meeting between the Midwest and Midcontinental Chapters can be found here.   If you go to the website now you can find information on available hotels and Des Moines, view the schedule and the call for papers and posters (the deadline for abstract submission is April 17).  As it gets closer to October, you’ll be able to register for the conference, find information on the speakers and continuing education classes.

So, whether you add this new website to you favorites list, bookmark it, or any of the other alternatives that are available to you, remember to consult this resource periodically between now and October. We look forward to seeing you in Des Moines.

Chris Childs at Tri-State Peak

Chris Childs at Tri-State Peak

The above photo was taken on the Kentucky side of Tri-State Peak.  The following photo was taken at Ft. Abraham Lincoln State Park located just outside of Bismarck, North Dakota.

Ft. Abraham Lincoln State Park

Ft. Abraham Lincoln State Park, Mandan, ND

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