Letter from Ingrid Williams (Program Chair) to chapter vice presidents in charge of program
Dear AZS Chapter 1st Vice-Presidents, I hope this finds you enjoying all the things that make supper special - Jersey produce, the Jersey shore, vacation memories and spending time with friends and family. This email is intended for all of the Alpha Zeta State chapter first vice-presidents. If you are not the person that should be receiving this email, please let me know who I should be sending it to instead.
If you haven't done so already, please mark Saturday, September 9th on your calendar. It is our next state AZS meeting and I plan on meeting with all of the first vice-presidents during our breakout time. If you can't attend, could you make sure that someone from your chapter represents you? Please let me know who to expect if it's not going to be you. Thanks.
I thought I would get a head start with our meeting to give you some time to think and process our goals for the meeting. Our main focus at this meeting will be coming up with workshops for the AZS convention in April 2018.
I have attached the following items for you to consider:
A chart of the workshops that have been offered at the state convention for the past 4 years. I thought this might help us plan (and not repeat) topics.
A list of possible books for discussion. The book discussion workshops have been very popular lately, so we will plan on having one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The attached list is too long to take to our chapters. One of the tasks at the meeting in September will be to cut it down to 5-8 books. You will then take the "finalists" to your first chapter meeting this fall to let the membership vote on their top choices.
For the state convention, our goal is to offer 10 workshops: 5 in the morning and 5 in the afternoon. Two of the 10 workshops will be book discussions and most likely, another one will be a workshop offered by our guest from International. That's three workshops down - seven to go. Depending on who we get for a keynote speaker, they may end up presenting a workshop as well. Four down - six to go (MAYBE).
In planning our workshops, we need to keep in mind that we have multi-generational members. I was trying to think of "categories" that we might try to cover and came up with Health, Classroom, Travel, Finance, Technology and perhaps a panel discussion of some sort (haven't thought up a topic yet). Anything else?
For health, I wondered if any of you know of someone who teaches Tai Chi? We have recently had yoga, pilates and zumba - all of which have gotten great reviews. Seems to me that Tai Chi might be a good choice for this year. It's an activity that is appropriate for people of all ages. I was also given the name of a woman who teaches self-defense and I will contact her to see if she would be willing to do a workshop for us. We could all use self-defense instruction! If we could find people to do these two topics, that would cover "health."
Dr. Pam Albert-Devine and Ellen Hahn have offered to do a workshop on "bees and pollinators." I admit that a little arm-twisting was involved. :-) I had no idea that Pam (who is the state 2nd VP) was a beekeeper and when you combine it with Master Gardner Ellen (our state treasurer), it's a perfect blend.
On one of the suggestion forms turned in last year, someone suggested the Appalachian Trail in NJ as a workshop. I have a former student who decided to start the Appalachian Trail in May 2014 and spend 2 weeks on it. Once he got going though, he decided to stay on it until he reached the end - months and months later. Very few people hike the "through" trail, completing it from beginning to end in one continuous journey. His mother is in my chapter and I could reach out to him to see if he would be willing to talk about his experience - and maybe highlight the parts of the trail in NJ? Let me know what you think. Is there anyone in your chapter who you think could do a workshop on this?
If you have had a great program at your chapter level that you feel would be well-received at the state convention, please fill out theform on the state websiteand send it to me. The more choices we have when we meet in September, the easier our meeting will be. I know that I'll leave the meeting with less gray hair!
I look forward to meeting and working with you in the coming year. See you in September!
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