Week 19: Chicago and Utah

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Tree lined Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago

This week flew by as I helped to facilitate our three day staff retreat and then took off on Saturday to fly to Chicago for the National Conference on Service and Volunteerism.  Both events were stimulating and energizing, filling my head with too many ideas for how to make a difference at work and in the community.  Unfortunately in the middle of the conference I got sick and missed a day’s worth of sessions, but I still had a great time overall.  It was especially great to connect with past colleagues like Barb, Susan, and Kathy, and make new connections with AmeriCorps Alums.

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A really cool fountain in Chicago that has changing images of faces that are lit up at night

Chicago is a really neat city.  I’m decidedly not a city girl, but if I could choose one city to go back to and see more of, it would be Chicago.

While I was traveling to Chicago, Jay was starting his new position with American Conservation Experience.  By the time I got home he had already left on his first field work trip to Dixie National Forest in southern Utah.  He was very excited for the project and hopefully he will have stories and pictures to share when he returns on Wednesday.

Volunteering:  Sharon gave a tour of Riordan Mansion on Friday.  Sharon also continued promotion of the 20th Annual Made in the Shade Beer Festival.

Beer of the Week: The most prevalent local brewery in Chicago seemed to be Goose Island.  I was very impressed by their Belgian style Matilda.

Something New:  I explored downtown Chicago for the first time while Jay went on his first field work trip with ACE.

Highlight of Being in One Place:  The chance to go away on a trip and actually have a home to return to!

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