A great benefit of NMRA Conventions (National or even Regional ones) is meeting with friends you haven’t seen for awhile or have only met online and never seen in person!
Shown below is Leo Palitti and Charlie Getz, NMRA President. I’ve met Leo online only and look forward to meeting him in person! Charlie I’ve met a couple times in person and always enjoy his conversations.
People often ask what the benefits of being a NMRA member are and it’s hard to explain but definitely the friendships made is a HUGE benefit!