We talked Jim Bushnell, President of Dallas chapter 30 and this year’s National Convention MC. Since the MC is a very important part of keeping things moving at convention, we caught up with Jim to ask him about his plans and what he hopes to bring to this year’s convention in this role.
MHI: What do you hope to bring to the convention this year as MC for MHI’s 60th year anniversary?
Jim: A warm, friendly, “Texas Howdy” to all the MHI Convention attendees and guests. YEE-HAW!
MHI: What are you most excited about this year as it relates to convention?
Jim: I’m most excited to hear feedback from “first timers” about their MHI Convention experience. If they come away with a really positive feeling and enthusiasm about what they experienced at this year’s convention, and communicate those feelings back to their chapter members who were unable to attend, then I’ll feel it was a job well done.
MHI: How did you feel when you were asked to MC?
Jim: Surprised, flattered, and with a few questions that needed to be answered before I would feel comfortable in the role. Apparently I got the answers I needed, because I’ll be the MC. Now, if I can just not mispronounce anyone’s name when I introduce them, tell a few funny jokes, and recall any other MC-related duties/responsibilities, I’ll be fine.
MHI: How do you feel about the convention coming to Dallas after all these years?
Jim: As the current President of Dallas Chapter 30, I’m thrilled to have it in our own backyard, and to join the other metroplex MH chapters; Plano, Arlington and Ft. Worth in welcoming everyone to Big D. Fingers crossed on the weather…mid-May should be OK on heat, and I hope the rain that might occur then holds off. The hotel, tours, and food will be great. The people in Dallas, and surrounding cities, are always the BEST.
MHI: Anything else you’d like to add about your experience or the convention?
Jim: I look forward to meeting our new Executive Director, Karen Caruth, and hearing her plans for leading Mended Hearts, Inc. into the future. I welcome the opportunity to renew friendships developed during past MHI conventions. And, I know the guest speakers will be fabulous and very informative as always. Sixty years as a national, non-profit organization is a tremendous milestone…we deserve to celebrate!!