No rest for the wicked after Saturday’s all day pre-conference workshop.

I attended the leadership program this morning from about 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. and had a good time networking with new and existing community leaders. Recognitions and awards made up a good portion of the morning (as they should), and the STC Arizona chapter was recognized as a Gold level community.

Me, Alan Vickers, and Timothy Esposito (CAAEC Chair) with our Gold community award.

The STC also puts all the community winners and the Distinguished Chapter/SIG award winners on standup signs outside the leadership program, so everyone can see. The Arizona chapter also had a Distinguished Chapter Service Award winner, Kim Rosenlof.

Community Achievement Award winners.
Distinguished Chapter Service Award and Distinguished SIG Service Award winners.

Once Jackie and I left the leadership program, we tried to relax. This proved to be hard, so we ended up on multiple trips out and about. Our first trip was to get lunch and pick up some gifts for her grandkids. While she shopped in a gift store, I looked around me. The alleyways by the store were quite interesting.

“Alley Freshner” in the alleyway across the street in the shape of a car freshener tree.
In the alleyway closest to the gift store, there was art up on the outside of one of the buildings.

Once we got back to the hotel, we tried to relax again, but went off on a mission to find the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Once we found the store and purchased some dark chocolate yumminess, we headed back towards the hotel. This view of the street by the Denver Pavilions caught my eye:

Street by the Denver Pavilions stores.

We stored our dark chocolate goodies in the hotel room fridge, then set out to socialize with friends. We ran into Todd DeLuca on the way to the Opening Keynote.

Todd DeLuca and his new hat.

One of the great surprises every year during the Opening Keynote is who the current STC president is going to give the President’s Award to. This year, the award went to Aiessa Moyna.

STC President Jane Wilson reading off the citation for Aiessa Moyna’s President’s Award.
STC President Jane Wilson and President’s Award winner Aiessa Moyna with her citation and plaque.

After the opening keynote speaker did his presentation and Q&A, we walked around the Expo Hall and chatted up friends and vendors alike. It’s always good to see everyone. Once the reception was over, we had a little chocolate, then headed to rest and sleep for Monday’s 8 a.m. start.

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