By Kathy Kelly
DC/SLA drew over 80 attendees at its chapter Open House/Volunteer Appreciation event and membership reception on September 16. The event was held at the National Geographic Society (NGS) Library in D.C., and was sponsored by Proquest and Dow Jones.
As an icebreaker, attendees were asked to write the name of a place, real or imaginary, that they have visited or would love to visit on their name tags. Some interesting places like “The Shire” elicited some interesting ice-breaker chats. The registration table volunteers, Charles Perkins and Lois Steinberg, also distributed Starbucks gift cards to members who had served as volunteers during the year.
Deena Adelman, chapter Program Planning Committee Chair and President-Elect, welcomed attendees, thanked the program host, sponsors, and the event’s planning team of Eileen Deegan, Kathy Kelly, Alicia Pappas, Lois Steinberg, and Maggie Turqman. Chris Vestal, chapter President, described his own interesting career path in terms of how it intersected with his chapter involvement. He provided “Top Banana” figurines to honor all the chapter committee heads, and a Member of the Year Award to Kathy Kelly, the chapter Volunteer Coordinator.
Chris also announced that Kelly Knight and Karen Nimerick were the recipients of the Leadership Summit stipend award, which will support their attendance at the upcoming SLA Leadership Summit in Baltimore (January 21-23, 2015). Jill Strand, President-Elect of SLA, reminded attendees that the SLA Board Election and By-Laws vote was open through September 24th, encouraged attending the 2015 Leadership Summit and Annual Meeting, and discussed other SLA developments.
Alicia Pappas, chapter Membership Director, and Kathy Kelly, chapter Volunteer Coordinator, introduced themselves and gave a warm welcome to members and volunteers. They introduced 9 Committee representatives who came forward to provide 60-second overviews of their committee activities and to encourage joining their groups. The committees included the 75th Anniversary Committee; the Book Club; Communications and Marketing; Employment and Career Resources; International Relations; Military Librarians Group; Program Planning; Social Events; and the Web Team.
Attendees enjoyed an ample beverage bar, and a delightful buffet of Whole Foods goodies, including wraps, quesadillas, cheese and fruit, veggies, and desserts, while they mingled to meet other members, visit with sponsors, view a Prezi presentation compiled by Membership Director Alicia Pappas about the chapter year, and learned about the chapter’s various committees, groups, and activities. The evening provided an opportunity for friends to catch up and members to form new connections, and a chance to participate in a raffle, the prizes for which were 3 beautiful books and some edible treats provided by National Geographic. A committee sign-up sheet attracted people indicating shows of interest in 16 chapter committees.
There was also an optional tour of Hubbard Hall, the original Headquarters building of the National Geographic Society, towards the end of the evening.
There are a variety of volunteer opportunities available in the chapter, such as participating on a committee or hosting an event. Members interested in volunteering should visit the chapter’s Get Involved page or contact the Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to the following people for having volunteered throughout the year to date!
Lisa Haakon Pogue