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2017 VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD (VOTY) RECIPIENT

priority to sit at tables where I
don't know anyone so I can
meet new folks. With over 1000
attendees, it was a really great
conference for networking with
those I already know and finding
others who I know can help me
with my upcoming projects and
my career, and who will become
lifelong friends.
- Education. I attend the
conference for the world-class
education, and this year it was
wonderful! I stepped out of
my comfort zone and went to
Terri Oppelt receives a standing ovation as she accepts GLA ALA's
classes that I thought sounded
2017 VOTY Award.
"interesting" and they all ended up
being fantastic! One of my favorite
- Awards. I love that our chapter is doing so many
classes was 'Understanding and Working Through
things to elevate our profession and our members. I
Racial Microaggressions' with speaker Dr. Caprice
also loved being able to go up to the stage and accept
Hollins (her website is www.cultures connecting.
the Elevate ALA Award on behalf of our chapter.
com). I learned so much and gained a wider
While there are 95 chapters in ALA, only 3 of these
understanding of the small but impactful things that
new awards were given out and GLA ALA won one of
we do and that happen around us, and how we can
them!! I felt so proud of our accomplishments under
make a difference by having the conversations about
Manjit's leadership and it capped off a really wonderful
race and culture, acknowledging our prejudices
week. We rock!
and challenging assumptions. I wasn't ready for the
class to end and with Dr. Hollins located in DC, it will
- Grateful. And speaking of awards, I am grateful
be very hard to continue learning from her, but I will
that I was nominated for and was awarded the
be on the lookout for her visit to the west coast.
GLA ALA Volunteer of the Year Award which was
announced in May at the GLA ALA Leadership
- Snow. I know you expect snow in Denver, right?
Lunch. What a nice and humbling honor. I love my
But they had had very little snow all winter, until
chapter, the ALA and giving back to not only help
we arrived. Fortunately it only snowed one day and
me grow and learn, but help other chapter members
while the snow at the end of the day was big, fluffy,
grow and learn too! And I know that I am not the
wet, slippery snowflakes, it was so much fun to be
only outstanding volunteer for our chapter! So, thank
able to experience something I don't see very often.
you to the GLA ALA board, the officers and directors
The good news was that the days before and after
for your support in my growth and allowing me via
that "snow day" were warm and sunny, and while it
a stipend (funded by First Legal) to attend such a
was chilly at night, it was so pretty during the day
wonderful annual conference! n
that it makes me want to visit again.

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