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President’s Message – Nurturing a Legacy

President’s Message – Nurturing a Legacy

By Deena Adelman, DC/SLA President

On November 7th, DC/SLA members came together for dinner, drinks, and dancing in celebration of the chapter’s 75th anniversary. A special thanks goes out to Alicia Pappas for planning the event. You can read her recap of the Jubilee Gala and see photos here. I was honored to be part of this event culminating decades of service and participation by members. The gala was a time to relax and let loose, as well as a reminder of the great legacy we all share and the closeness of chapter members.  As I spoke in front of everyone, I could see all the faces of the individuals who have nurtured my growth and so many others’ personal and professional development.

For sure, the members of SLA are the organization’s greatest asset, relentlessly devoting time in order to support the success of others. One of the best ways to connect with members is through volunteer opportunities. In Lois Ireland’s reflection this month, she talks about how she became active by hosting a dine-around and grew “to appreciate so many people I wouldn’t have otherwise crossed paths with in the course of my regular work and social life.” Sometimes all it takes is one event to get yourself going.

When I first became active in DC/SLA five years ago, I had no inkling that I would end up serving as chapter president. One of the great aspects of SLA is that members have the opportunity to start with small opportunities and quickly work their way into larger leadership roles. We are encouraged to push our boundaries, taking on sometimes unfamiliar yet rewarding responsibilities. SLA President-Elect Tom Rink notes in his reflection “Every time I have said ‘yes’ to SLA by agreeing to serve in some capacity or another, I have stepped outside my comfort zone to embrace an opportunity to grow and to give myself an opportunity to succeed.” Perhaps it’s also time for members to welcome the same philosophy for the organization as a whole, and let SLA find new ways to grow and thrive. I hope you will join me in supporting our SLA Board as it continues to address tough issues in the face of limited time and the challenge of trying to please everyone. We can be true to our heritage while remaining open to change.

Finally, we still have two events coming up that I encourage our members to attend. On November 19th the Military Libraries Group will present the program The Louisiana Maneuvers: A Nation Prepares for War and on December 15th we will finish off the year with our Annual Meeting/Holiday Party.

I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving!

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