From the front porch…(while sitting on my back porch):

Another BRI conference in the history books.

Andrea did the job we all expected her to do. She did it with excellence, quality, imagination, perseverance, dedication, love, and commitment. The conference reflected all that.

Here are a few of my takeaways:

We are a family of leaders. I saw it during the power outage when the conference leaders showed us what it looks to NOT panic, and go with the flow. We had skill labs without lights, air, sound systems, or PowerPoint. And they were great because they still had SKILL!

We are a family that values family. Our BRIGS (that’s BRI Guests for the uninitiated) are more and more a part of our world at BRI. And why shouldn’t they be? They are so much of what makes us all who we are during the other 51 weeks of the year!

Our sector is richer for the leaders in BRI. Those who know me well know that I have my issues with the sector. It is weak in many places. Not here.

I have said it before, but you cannot fail at BRI. We don’t let you. At least we don’t use your failure against you. This is a big part of what makes the annual talent show so awesome. (Great job stepping up into the talent director by the way Allison Gant!)

You get out of BRI what you put into BRI. When you do that consistently, BRI is there for you when your tank runs low, and you don’t have that much to give. Then you can give again!

We respect the old while embracing the new — and I am not talking about people.

Phil Kaye reminded us on Friday that every story has a beginning, a middle, and an end — but not necessarily in that order. What will the next chapter in BRI’s story be? What role will you play?

There are more takeaways, but my beer will get warm if I write much more.

I love you all.