This past Wednesday evening, current and prospective DC/SLA members attended a 2015 Kickoff Party held at the DC Public Library’s Cleveland Park branch location.
Chapter President Deena Adelman got the discussion started by introducing the Board of Directors. Adhering to this year’s theme of ‘Reflective Momentum’ and in preparation for the 75th Jubilee, Deena invited members to share memories and reflections on experiences with DC/SLA. See members’ reflections here and submit your own reflection here. Deena also emphasized the importance of volunteering with DC/SLA.
Next up, Karen Reczek gave us a brief and helpful introduction to the organization in her talk: SLA 101. She wanted us to keep in mind that SLA is uniquely structured in such a way that its members come first. And just in case you missed the kickoff, Layla Heimlich, Program Director reminded us that there’s much more excitement to be had in 2015 and gave us a rundown of what’s coming down the pike. Plans for a Jubilee Gala, a museum scavenger hunt, and a DC/SLA Past Presidents’ TED Talk Favorites presentation are all in the works. Speaking of exciting events, Sharon Lenius, overseer of the DC/SLA 75th Anniversary Committee, caught us up on what events are taking place to celebrate the occasion. By becoming a Jubilee VIP, SLA members will support DC/SLA programming and be invited to attend the Jubilee Gala. Read about more benefits here. DC/SLA Leadership Summit Stipend Award recipient Kelly Knight gave us a run-down of the summit in Baltimore. Her words of advice when attending professional SLA events: “Get out and be social!”
The main takeaway from the night was to get involved in the organization. We’ve become a dynamic and very active chapter of SLA and we’ve only been able to do this through our members and their volunteer efforts. The more we get involved, the more we will reap all the benefits of what the DC/SLA has to offer as an individual and the stronger we can grow as a chapter.