It is time for clergy and laity to register for the 2020 Dakotas Annual Conference! In order to obtain voting privileges and attend one of the necessary pre-conference gatherings delegates must register by September 27, 2020, 5 p.m. CDT.
In a typical in-person Annual Conference session, the session is opened with a vote to approve the organizing resolutions (rules to guide the session). In order to expedite our work together in this virtual session, we are asking you to watch the video, read, and cast your vote regarding these resolutions as a part of registration.
Those who are not voting members should not register. The Annual Conference Session will be streamed to the Dakotas Conference website and Facebook page, and visitors will be able to watch at no cost. A Facebook account is not necessary to access the livestream.
The session will be conducted on a Zoom business webinar platform (this is different from the Zoom system most people are familiar with). Interaction will be limited but possible; through the platform, people will be able to indicate they want to comment, make a motion, or propose an amendment. When recognized by the presiding officer to speak, they will be able to unmute their microphone to address the body. Check out this cheat sheet to learn about how interaction will work.
Voting members will need to use a device with a stable internet connection. This can be a desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.
Only one vote can be cast from each device. Each voter will need their own device. At this time, it is not possible to vote via a voice-only phone line.
For each session, participants are encouraged to sign-in 10 to 15 minutes in advance.
There will be several people dedicated to helping individuals with any connection problems.
The Conference Workbook will be available online and for download September 14.
Each member of the 2020 Annual Conference Session is asked to register (as part of annual conference registration) for and participate in a pre-conference webinar. This will be an opportunity to discuss the legislation that will be acted upon during the conference. There will be little time during the actual session for discussion about these issues. It is key that participants take this time to get their questions answered. Here is some important information about the sessions:
Each member of the 2020 Annual Conference Session is also asked to register and to attend a procedural orientation to check their connection and learn the specifics on interacting within the system (you can register for an orientation session as you register for Annual Conference). Each session is expected to last about 35 minutes; an hour is reserved to assist those who might have connection issues. The three session options are:
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