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Thirty-four states, the District of Columbia and Canada were represented at POD's Fourth Annual Conference. (As your truthful evaluator, I must "come clean" and confess that POD is really only three years old. How, then, you might ask, can we have held a Fourth Annual Conference? It's easy. We just co-opted the conference out of which POD grew and called it our own so people would not think we were some upstart organization. If I tell you this, could I falsify anything which follows?) Texas was represented by 16 people, California by 13, and Illinois and New Jersey were the only other double-digit states, with 12 each.
Of the 206 registrants, 167 filled out a two-page conference evaluation form (81%), and their responses represented the major evaluation activity. Core Committee members also interviewed people throughout the conference and provided me with more personal-type comments which helped to round out the evaluative picture. All of the information obtained in these two ways has been synthesized and presented to Core Committee members in the form of a twenty-page memo. Since a distribution of the same to all members would be prohibitive, the major points contained therein are highlighted here for everyone.