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Alumnae Sessions—Not Just for Experienced Leaders

Mary Hurt
LLLI Public Relations Associate
From: LEAVEN, Vol. 39 No. 2, April-May 2003, pp. 33-34.

Whether you are a new Leader or an experienced Leader, the Alumnae Room at the LLLI Conference is a place where you can go to nurture yourself as well as others. It is a place to tone your body, soothe your soul, get a massage, participate in a "tai chi" class, learn about "feng shui," or simply engage in rich conversations with attendees from around the world. The specially designed sessions in the Alumnae Room include "Creativity and Aging: Trusting our Transitions," a special workshop using journaling, collage, and discussion to explore shifts in female life cycles that affect body, mind, and spirit. Workshop facilitator, Helen Redman, is an internationally exhibited artist, teacher, and grandmother, who will also present a Conference session.

There will also be a scrapbooking party, where you can bring your photos and "crop till you drop." The PIZZAZZ team will set up a quilt resource center so that Conference attendees can create a quilt square, which will be part of a special gift to the Founders. Another ongoing project in the Alumnae Room will be a discussion board with thought-provoking questions to encourage attendees to give their input and share with others. Many more activities, such as yoga and a salon, are in the planning stages.

The Alumnae Association will continue to sponsor the popular early morning walks and pool aerobics. Conference attendees will be able to take a fascinating trek on some of San Francisco’s famous stairway walks, led by Adah Bakalinsky, author of Stairway Walks in San Francisco. Each walk will include notes on historical background, architecture, and other points of interest.

Have you been a Leader for five years or more? Be sure to stop by the Alumnae room to get your Leader recognition pin. Have you been a Leader for 25 years or more? You will be specially recognized at the wonderful Afternoon Tea, which will include a light meal and a presentation by all seven Founders of La Leche League. "Thanks for the Memories" is this year’s theme for the Afternoon Tea. The Founders will share memories of an individual who was special to them. Professional vocalists will entertain with appropriate musical selections.

The Alumnae Association will be sponsoring a raffle with proceeds going to La Leche League International. Donated prizes include a hand crafted quilt, a sterling silver jewelry set made by Native Americans and purchased at the Alumnae 2002 Grand Canyon hike, a mother and baby statue, and a lovely, soothing indoor fountain.

The Alumnae Association will also sponsor a Conference orientation session for first-time attendees and for those from outside the host country. That session and the Navigating Table at Registration are the place to go for information on the Conference, the hotel, or San Francisco.

"One of the wonderful things about the Alumnae Association is that it is an opportunity to take La Leche League attitudes and philosophy and expand them into other areas of your life," according to Janet Jendron, Alumnae Association Public Relations Chair. "The same principles of good communication apply whether you are a young mother dealing with in-law difficulties or an experienced parent dealing with difficult challenges with real teens who have real problems."

Be sure to visit the Alumnae Room to enjoy the hospitality of the LLLI Alumnae Association and get a taste of the creative ideas, accomplishments, and activities of its members.

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