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AESD 50th Annual Conference
Celebrating 50 Years

April 11-13, 2019 at Skamania Lodge

Join us to celebrate 50 years of service as champions for schools, students and communities!

ESDs are gearing up to celebrate 50 years of service to Washington schools and communities during the 2019 annual conference of the Association of Educational Service Districts (AESD). This year’s event will be held at the historic Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Washington on April 11-13. The theme for our conference is “Going for the Gold – Together” and will reflect the teamwork, perseverance and determination that have made the network of nine ESDs so successful over the last 50 years.

Building GREAT teams and doing BIG things.

Team AESD 50 Years

AESD 50th Annual Conference
Celebrating 50 Years

April 11-13, 2019 at Skamania Lodge

Join us to celebrate 50 years of service as champions for schools, students and communities!

ESDs are gearing up to celebrate 50 years of service to Washington schools and communities during the 2019 annual conference of the Association of Educational Service Districts (AESD). This year’s event will be held at the historic Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Washington on April 11-13. The theme for our conference is “Going for the Gold – Together” and will reflect the teamwork, perseverance and determination that have made the network of nine ESDs so successful over the last 50 years.

Register Now

Building GREAT teams and doing BIG things.

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A Powerhouse Line-up of Featured Keynote Speakers

We are excited to feature world-renowned speakers Daniel James Brown, author of Boys in the Boat and Ed Viesturs, a world-class mountain climber. Their messages are certain to inspire ESD Board members, superintendents and educational leaders throughout the state as we launch the next 50 years of outstanding service and commitment.

Daniel James Brown, Author of “Boys in the Boat”

Daniel James Brown is the acclaimed author of Boys in the Boat, the true story of the epic quest for gold for the 1936 Olympic eight oar rowing team from the University of Washington. His book spent over two years on the New York Times bestseller list.

Brown grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English at the University of California at Berkeley and a Master of Arts degree from the University of California at Los Angeles. Brown taught writing at San Jose State University and Stanford University before becoming a technical writer and editor.[1] He now writes narrative nonfiction full-time. His primary interest as a writer is in bringing compelling historical events to life as vividly and accurately as possible.

Brown lives in the countryside outside of Seattle. When he is not writing, he is likely to be birding, gardening, fly fishing, reading American History or chasing bears away from the beehives.

Ed Viesturs, World-class mountain climber

Ed Viesturs, a world-class mountain climber, helps audiences learn how to overcome obstacles by discussing the lessons he learned as professional mountaineer with over 30 years of experience on the highest peaks in the world. The seven time Everest summiteer shows audiences how to reach higher goals, maintain momentum in the face of hardship and stay at the top of their game. His speeches are based on his experiences and lessons learned in the mountain arena.

Viesturs is widely regarded as this country’s foremost high-altitude mountaineer. He is familiar to many from the 1996 IMAX Everest Expedition documentary and was featured in Jon Krakauer’s bestselling book INTO THIN AIR. In 2002, Ed was awarded the historic Lowell Thomas Award by the Explorer’s Club for outstanding achievement in the field of mountaineering. In winning the award, he joined an elite group of climbers including Sir Edmund Hillary.

Viesturs has successfully reached the summits of all of the world’s fourteen 8000-meter peaks without supplemental oxygen, an 18 year project he christened Endeavor 8000. His goal was completed on May 12, 2005 with his ascent of Annapurna one of the world’s most treacherous peaks. He is one of only a handful of climbers in history (and the only American) to accomplish this. That year Viesturs was awarded National Geographic’s Adventurer of the Year.

Viesturs is the author of four books. His bestselling autobiography “No Shortcuts To The Top” covers, in detail, his career as a mountaineer, how he prepared for his expeditions and his philosophy about how he managed the inherent risks.

Jennifer Huffman, National Rowing Champion and granddaughter of Joe Rantz from Boys in the Boat

Jennifer Huffman, granddaughter of 1936 Olympic Gold Medalist Joe Rantz from The Boys in the Boat, started rowing at the age of 38.

Today, her rowing accomplishments include:

  • National Champion in three events at US Rowing Masters Nationals in Oakland, CA
  • Winning five events and medaling in another five at FISA Masters World Regatta in Sarasota, FL
  • Second place finish in the Women’s Senior Masters 50+ Eights to the 1991 Gold Medal Canadian Olympic 8+ at Head of the Charles in Boston, MA.

In her “free” time, Jennifer enjoys coaching competitive gymnastics, which she has done for the past 28 years.

Watch a video of Jennifer talking about carrying on her grandfather’s legacy.

Hosted at Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Washington

Skamania Lodge is home to 254 guest rooms, offering stunning views of either the Columbia River or the neighboring forests and Cascade Mountains, with a number of rooms designated as pet friendly. Guestrooms are well-appointed with in-room coffee makers and mini-fridges, terrycloth robes and Wi-Fi & data ports, along with ready-to use fireplaces in 60 rooms. The room layouts vary between king bed, king bed with fireplace and two double beds, as well as 11 premier suites, including the Hood River, Parlor and Woodland suites.

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Hosted by Educational Service District 112

For more information, contact:
Wendy Niehaus