Virginia and the ’80s

What’s that line about how can I miss you if you won’t go away?   I really did miss you, but there’s no way I’ll catch up on my blog reading.  I’ll just have to start fresh… as soon as I can.

UntitledAnyway, I had a GREAT time at the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) annual conference last week.  Ironically, I have no photos of the four other women from our League who went with me…

Annual conference has THE BEST goody bags.  We got May Books, but given that our League’s new focus is literacy, I loved that our complimentary Georgetown Cupcakes were bagged accordingly.  Washington DC is my college town, so I had high expectations of them as a host League, and boy did they exceed those expectations.

UntitledThe opening ceremony is full of pomp and circumstance.  This year, I got to line up and process in with my friend and fellow president from another VA League.  I hadn’t realized before that we joined the Association before they did, but since we line up by decades, it was a happy coincidence that our Leagues are both “girls of the ’80s.”

UntitledThe host League’s reception is always fun.  Two years ago, we were in Philly’s Reading Terminal, and I sincerely never expected a League to top that, but JLW managed.  The venue was the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the food was amazing, and we were all entertained when the Nationals mascots showed up and enticed a few delegates to dance.

I’d also strongly recommend the museum if you’re in the area.  I love reading personal tidbits about the artists, and many of the exhibits feature detailed information about the artist, what was going on in her life, who or what inspired the work of art, etc.

UntitledAs much information as I gleaned, as much as I enjoyed brainstorming with the other delegates from our League, one of the high points of the conference for me was the awards ceremony on the last night.   I intentionally booked our League at a table with Northern VA, but two other Virginia Leagues joined us, and we had a great chat.  I’d heard my friend mention that one of their past presidents was joining us for dinner (for those not familiar with the region, Northern Virginia is basically a sprawling suburb of our Nation’s Capitol), and thought little of it.  So when I suddenly realized I was sitting next to someone I knew, a friend of my sister’s, I’m afraid we both made a scene.

That’s the beauty of the League.  Fast, long-standing friendships are formed by training and working together to improve our communities.   When you move, your League membership moves with you, and you have an instant network to plug into as you settle into your new place.  And you just never know when your paths are going to cross again.

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And last night, my League held its annual dinner and wrapped up our year of 80th anniversary celebrations.  Yeah.  Do the math…  We were the University League before we eventually became the Junior League of Charlottesville.  It was absolutely the perfect way to a celebrate a very challenging but productive year.

Have you ever seen a prettier cake?!   Believe it or not, the cake wasn’t my favorite special touch.

969661_10151448398547869_1394913609_nThat honor goes to our own little history book that the Meetings & Events Committee crafted as a surprise for the rest of us.  Why yes, it is in my handbag and I will carry it around with me and make people admire it.   I’ve had to look at vacation and baby photos, so humor me if you’re local, okay?

So that’s what I’ve been doing.  How ’bout you? What have I missed in your life?

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10 comments on “Virginia and the ’80s

  1. Sue says:

    It looks like a wonderful time. The cake is very pretty and I’m sorry I’m not local to look thru the book. Now back to work.

  2. Nancy says:

    It’s always fun to gather with others who share a passion.

  3. Troy Boyer says:

    I missed you!! but Im thrilled the JL ended on such a fantastic high note. How fun to run across an old beloved friend.
    What’s new in Glenview? Im knitting a sock in a lace patternn W HHHAAAAT??

  4. Katherine says:

    What a wonderful, energizing time!! I would love to see the JLC history book. I think you should share a page or two per blog with us.

    I’ve missed you and glad your blogging will be back on track!! New with me? It’s 90 degrees and the misters are working on the back patio. Great for evening knitting!

  5. gMarie says:

    Wow! I feel like I lived though that whirlwind of activity. Sounds like great fun, and honestl what’s a scene between friends? I’m sure no one cared a bit.

    Haven’t missed much in my life at all. g

  6. Karen says:

    I was waiting to hear how it went! Glad it was fun and all went well. You looked beautiful as always. 😀 If I was closer, I gladly would look at your book!

  7. Bubblesknits says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only one that’s given up on trying to read all my back-logged feeds. lol Between end of year activities with the kids and board work with our youth cheerleading association, I’ve been a little…distracted. However, I’ve heard good things about the changes our new board has implemented, so we must be doing something right. 🙂 I think I’ll take this quiet moment and go write a blog post of my own. 😉

  8. Nichole says:

    Looks like an absolutely wonderful time! 🙂
    Haven’t missed too much… started my classes, lots of rain, some cute dog picks… oh and if you want a free 2 month subscription to IndieFlix with no strings attached, please go leave a comment on that post… ends tonight and no one has signed up… and they gave me TEN codes to give away… guess no one wants free movies?

  9. AlisonH says:

    I’m so glad you had such a happy time! You were really looking forward to it and it sounds like it totally lived up to any expectations.

  10. Marjie says:

    I wondered where you were, and hoped your absence didn’t spell trouble. Glad you had such a nice week in a place you so greatly enjoy.

    Same-old here. I’m looking forward to the long weekend, too.

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