On July 20, 1985 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, while attending the Epsilon Sigma Alpha (ESA) International Convention, several Mid-western members met to finalize plans for what had been a desire of many for some time. In a small room in Tulsa, the Midwest Area Regional Council was born. MARC, as it would come to be known, was made up of members from nine state councils: Great Lakes, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. Another meeting was held on April 5, 1986 in Lansing, Illinois to enable representatives from each state to meet and draft by-laws. At this meeting it was decided that an annual conference would be held on the second week-end of November.
The annual conference is held to promote leadership training and educational opportunities to the membership. The leadership portion of the conference is a full day of speakers touching on everything from how to better conduct a business meeting and how to take better care of ourselves to information on the area where the conference is being held. The conference is also a perfect opportunity to share ideas with members from other states, create new friendships and catch up with old friends. A business meeting is held on the second day of the conference.
The 2021 MARC Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Wichita in Wichita, Kansas, October 8-9, 2021. This year’s scheduled speakers are Retired Fire Chiefs Alan Stoll and Gary Bowker who will “Turn Your Attention to Fire Prevention”; a representative from Passageways, “an organization providing solution-based ministry to the homeless and near homeless veteran population in the Wichita area; a representative from Heartspring, “a leader and innovator in creating hope and opportunity for children with special needs and their families and Laura Schmidt, from Notes to Self, the creator of positive affirmation socks, she will speak to us about her journey and the power of positivity.
The objectives of MARC are:
Promote closer relationships and fuller cooperation among the member states
Assist member states in reaching new goals and new heights in the growth and strengthening of ESA in the Midwest
Serve as a means of promoting fellowship and unity
Offer a means of sharing mutual problems, concerns and goals
Providing further educational and leadership training for ESA members in the Midwest.