Nearly … but not quite! Thursday was the pre conference meeting that began from the moment I arrived at the hotel until it was time to finally lie the head on the pillow. There were meetings – lots of meetings … about this conference, a meeting about our Bologna conference, a meeting for an elite crew of retired Regional Advisors and meetings about meetings! And I have only been in the USA for a few hours!
It truly is wonderful being here with ‘the tribe’ – so much hugging and catching up to do. Some of the folks I haven’t seen for a year, since the last SCBWI Summer Conference; for others it’s a mere six months when our tribe gathered in New York; and of course some are brand new!
And here is the picture of the first official gathering of the RAEs – Regional Advisor Emeriti … what a lovely bunch!
The night was also a dinner of two parts … although for me I wasn’t sure whether it was night time or lunchtime! “What time is it?” I was pondering as I continually checked my pocket watch – which I had difficulty reading for no other reason than it was set on Sydney time. It is still set on Sydney time (that way I know what time it is for Bini) but now I do a quick adjustment and work out the Los Angeles time! So the dinner of two parts was first with Faculty and Board members – nibbles and drinks (with a bit of intermingling and the traditional SCBWI introductions) and then off to the nearby Mall (it’s a Westfields folks) for dinner with the Regional Advisors. By the time Kathleen and I were there most of them had dined and were gone! But that left time for one more meeting!
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 […]