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HOBY Update: Crossing off #79 June 26, 2009

Filed under: Erica's Personal Life — ericamay @ 10:00 pm
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I haven’t updated on here for quite some time about my 101 in 1001 list — a list I created of 101 things I want to accomplish in 1001 days. I’m approaching the one-year (or 365 days!) mark, and I realized that I need to get moving on this list again. :)

I also realized that I haven’t updated you all on my experience at this year’s Kansas HOBY leadership conference, where Jeff and I volunteer our time each summer. It’s a conference for high school sophomores from across the state, who are nominated to attend and spend four days learning about volunteerism, education, business, and other topics related to leadership development.


This year, I was the Director of the Program, which meant I had the opportunity to plan out the schedule of events, formulate the topics we covered, invite speakers and panelists who are community leaders in various fields, and make sure that the whole thing goes off without a hitch. :) It’s a really fun job… and I think I can now cross off #79 on my list of things to do — “Make improvements to the Kansas HOBY program.”

I took a few snapshots of the seminar on just two days of the event (I was a busy lady!), so I’ll share a few of the fun smiling faces with you here… because, after all, this is a photography blog. :)

Jeff and I (we met at HOBY, for those of you who are new to my blog!):


Jeff giving the opening ceremony welcome:


Jeff and I with our good friend Kara, who threw us one awesome (surprise) engagement party the day we got engaged! :) We love our HOBY friends.


Members of our “junior staff” — high school or early college students who go through a very tough application process to come back and volunteer. I am so blessed to know some of the best and brightest young leaders!


The coveted “Spirit Stick” — this year, the theme for our group names (the students are divided into 14 groups) was board games… so, the spirit stick reflected that. Seriously, see how creative these people are? :)


Jeff with the Zimmermans, HOBY friends and photography clients! We love it when the two overlap. :)


One of the favorite events is what we call “HOBY Olympics” — we plan fun games and have a barbeque with “Littles” from the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. It’s a lot of fun… here is my assistant for the weekend with one of the children who came out to play.


And because I know he reads this blog and never comments… Josh… who played the role of “Mr. PMA” all weekend. “PMA” stands for Positive Mental Attitude, which I know sounds so cheesy, but I promise that Mr. PMA is sooo cool. :) He mostly keeps everyone enthusiastic… and awake. :)


So I never got to take photos during the educational portions of the program, since that’s when I was busy coordinating everything. :) However, the lovely and talented Gina with Gingeroot Studios in Wichita came to participate in our panel discussion on entrepreneurship. Gina posted about her experience at HOBY, which you can read on her blog!

HOBY is very near to my heart. It’s a program that really changed my life and equipped me with the tools I needed to make a positive difference in the world, whether or not I realized it at the time. Plus, I met my husband there. :) It doesn’t get much better than that!!


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