Fun in the Sun! Almost 200 Alpha Lambda Deltans enjoy a fun and informative weekend in San Diego, California Almost 200 students, advisers and National Council members from throughout the United States traveled San Diego, California for the 2013 Annual Alpha Lambda Delta Leadership Workshop. Some 60 ALD Chapters were represented at the 3 day event held on October 18 to 21 at Sheraton Hotel and Marina In spite of some air flight delays, participants were eager for the opportunity to meet new friends, learn new leadership skills, have fun, and explore the beautiful San Diego area. After welcoming everyone to opening evening session, Executive Director Dr. Glenda Earwood introduced our keynote speaker, David Eng, a mater instructor for True Colors, Incorporated. Following Mr. Eng’s presentation, we turned our attention to the 2013 National Service Project: Since its founding in 1970 as a nonprofit charitable organization, San Diego Youth Services (SDYS)
The Sheraton hotel and Marina (above) hosted the 2014 Workshop. Attendees began arriving on Friday evening (left).
has helped stabilize the lives of over 500,000 homeless, runaway, abused, and at-risk youth in the San Diego area. SDYS now provides intensive services to more than 12,000 children and their families each year, offering emergency services, safe places in live and long term solutions for children and youth Special guests for Friday night’s session included keynote speaker David Eng (below), and representatives from San Diego Youth Services, who collected the donations from ALD chapters around the country (left).
on their own by providing shelters, group homes, foster homes, community centers and transitional housing. Help is provided at 14 major locations in San Diego County. SDYS’s mission is “…to help at risk youth and their families become self-sufficient and reach their highest potential.” After a moving presentation, ALD members brought forward their gifts to continue the work of this extraordinary organization. To conclude a very busy evening, students Caitlin Daley, Amber Gonbash, and Justin Mashburn organized get-acquainted mixers sand the annual water bottle exchange. ALD Advisors held a get-together with President Susan Huffman. At an early breakfast (7:30!), there were presentations about The Flame, the official magazine of ALD, as well as information on the services offered by the National Headquarters in Macon, Georgia. Following breakfast, participants could chose from a wide array of workshop sessions devoted to strengthening their leadership skills and making their chapter more active. Among the topics were:
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