Answer:

There are very few facilities in the state that are affordable for MSHA that can hold the amount of people and vendors that we require and that do not require us to book hundreds of overnight hotel rooms to use the facility. Also, the largest concentration of our membership is in the Baltimore vicinity, so while we would like to take a convention over the Bay Bridge to Ocean City, we need to consider and meet the needs of the largest amount of our membership.

MSHA survives solely on membership dues and convention registration fees after costs, and we would not survive unless we continued to host profitable continuing education events. These funds allow us to pay for MSHA office expenses, programs to benefit our professions, and a paid lobbyist.



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