Philadelphia Chapter Summer Sizzlers
Laurie Tema-Lyn, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Philadelphia Chapter ushered in summer with a social and business gathering at the Independence Beer Garden, an outdoor retreat (or pop-up restaurant) in the heart of the city, overlooking the Liberty Bell Center. More than a dozen people (QRCA members and prospects) gathered in the summer heat to enjoy good food and conversation. Our business focal point was to generate content ideas for chapter programs and we captured a long list before the torrential rains came down.
On August 7 the Philadelphia Leadership team (sans Karen King who was on vacation) met at Karen Zimmerman’s lovely home for our annual Planning Retreat. Our practice for the past several years has been to hold a full-day summer meeting to reflect on what we have accomplished; identify goals, programming, and event organizers for the upcoming year; and problem solve around any open issues. This process makes lighter work throughout the year for all of us.
This summer we started off the meeting with an energizing, team-building activity: a drumming/percussion workshop. Bill Marconi, a professional musician who is known in the Philadelphia area for leading drum circles, presented the program. Bill is the spouse of Carolyn Marconi, our newest leadership member.
Left to right: Abby Leafe, Laurie Tema-Lyn, Karen Zimmerman, Deanna Manfredi, Mike Karchner, Carolyn Marconi, Nason Russ, Bill Marconi (Carolyn’s husband).
This was a terrific experience for us and seemed to have great payoff in the work that we did together during the day. I’m not a professional musician, but have occasionally incorporated drumming and rhythm play in team meetings and it has always proved to be fun and productive. If you want to know more, reach out to any of us.
Happy end of summer and see you in Orlando!
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