Karen Glowacki is Executive Director of Sherin & Logden LLP in Boston. She is current chair of the 2013 Annual Conference and served on the 2012 & 2011 Annual Conference committees.
According to weather.com, average temperatures in National Harbor for April are in the mid 60’s. After the winter we’ve had in New England, I am thrilled to be packing light clothes and leaving my scarf and gloves behind! I’m filling my suitcase with everything I could possibly need, and with each piece I pack, I can’t help but think of everyone who contributed to the conference. Mark Bridgeman, appointed Chair of 2014 Annual Conference in Toronto, joined us and contributed much enthusiasm and new ideas; Barb Foley, my wonderful friend and mentor from our days on the regional team; Veronica Tiedt and Clara Onderdonk, old friends and confidants from Region 1; Jill Hirsch and Beth Fowler, new friends and tireless workers from the host chapter; Mary Jennings, Michael Keatts and Carol McCallum, experienced administrators who are truly “seasoned to perfection”; Lorri Salyards, volunteer-extraordinaire and the brains behind the Blogs; and Mario Rumasuglia who despite living in Florida, still cheers on my Boston sports teams.
As the rather large suitcase begins to fill, I also think about all the support we received from ALA headquarters staff, and the gratitude I owe to Lisa Mikita, Pam Stong, and Jan Waugh for their patience with my questions, their enthusiasm with my ideas, and especially for their sound advice over the last fifteen months. A conference this size and quality could never have come together so smoothly without the ALA team who worked closely with our committee. In particular, Patty Olejnik, Peggy Siems, Steve Carasso and Jackie Stasch have invested their expertise and creativity into this conference, which will undoubtedly help ensure its success. And of course, my liaison to the Board of Directors, Janine Book, who always responded so quickly and wisely to my questions.
Now that my suitcase is overflowing, it will be a miracle if I can close it! Serving on the Conference Committee has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have had in my career, and the friends I have made along the way are by far the most precious. I look forward to seeing everyone from this team again very soon and sharing our conference and its accomplishments together. I’ll take advantage of all the networking events, and I especially look forward to those that include my Business Partner friends. This year the Networking Reception will be held in the Exhibit Hall on Tuesday where our American experience continues with light jazz from greats such as Duke Ellington and Pearl Bailey. I promise not to try to sing along.
The conference planning is finished after 15 months of hard work. Now it’s time to finish packing, and look forward to reuniting with all my friends and meeting many new ones in National Harbor. Are six pairs of shoes too many? Nah…..See you soon!