The highlight time for the day has to be the Golden Kite Luncheon and the wonderful and delightful and so excellent Susanne Williams being announced as Member of the Year … yeah.
This is an amazing award … I know because this is the award that I received in 2010. It is a total surprise and the recipient is chosen by the LA office. As Susie Williams proceeded to the stage from the back of the ballroom all the Regional Advisors stood and clapped and cheered our excitement at her award.
The chaotic time of the day has to be the autograph party where the throngs of folks gathered to get their books singed. Patricia Wiles and I have just about got this down pat and organised so that it runs smoothly – if not a little crazily. Now if we could just solve the sort feet problem!
it was a long snaking line around the ballroom foyer
a normal chaotic autograph party
The not so highlight time of the day has to be getting up at 7 am to go to a breakfast meeting. I was sooooooo tired, but at least the company was grand and we chit chatted lots discussing all things international.
not breakfast at Tiffany’s but the Hyatt!
the LA office crew
The fun time of the day has to be hanging out with the other folks. It’s amazing how much we can talk and for so long!
And the conference proper is now done and dusted. Three days of inspirational keynotes who made us laugh and giggle and shed a tear and sigh and think of what we are doing, who for, and why. Three days of amazing workshops led by many of the leading lights in the kids book world. What a wonderful gathering. It all just seems to fly through. No sooner has the Thursday meeting begun and then the Sunday autograph party draws it to a close. For me the conference very much is about networking and catching up with old friends – it really is a joy to do so!
More on the Carolinas later but Pam Vaughan (official photographer for the New England conference last weekend) has just sent me oodles and poodles of photos … so if you don’t want to see piccies of me in action – then look away now! There are photos of me with friends, of me panelling, photos […]