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Remember when....2003 DMIL 50th Anniversary

  • 1.  Remember when....2003 DMIL 50th Anniversary

    Posted 05-22-2020 11:15
    Colleagues,   The SLA HangOut on Friday, May 22, 2020 will talk about memorable SLA Conferences...

    I hope to talk about the DMIL 50th Anniversary Celebration at the 2003 SLA Annual Conference in New York City.   Here's some info from our Archives found on this site.  Go to Archives of our Newsletters for the photos.

    At the SLA 2003 annual conference in New York City, we often heard "Are you going to serve cake, again?" We did that and more. On Monday June 9th, 30 Division members (many sporting Blue Shirts) and friends stood in line on the Plaza at 0 Dark 30 for a chance to be seen on the Today show. About 8:07, we (and our banner) got our 15 seconds of fame, when Sharon Lenius gave Al Roker his own Blue Shirt on national television. Afterwards, the Blue Shirters did a "Roadmap of the Exhibits" to pass out thank you signs to vendors who supported our Conference programs and events. The next 50th Anniversary event was a Celebration Cake on Tuesday afternoon. Cake cutters included Jackie Davis, our most recent member, Wendy Hill, our most established member present, with assistance from Sharon Lenius, Anniversary Task Force Chair. Diane Schnurrpusch served as Master of Ceremonies. Diane was also responsible for gathering a display of historical materials showing the development of Military Libraries. Sandy Bradley contributed information on Navy Libraries. Hope you enjoyed the cake! Janice Lachance, appointed as Executive Director of SLA just four days earlier, attended the ceremonies and had an opportunity to speak with MLD Members. This event was sponsored by EBSCO Publishing and EBSCO Subscription Services and by Thomson - DIALOG. The final event was a Standard & Poors sponsored bus to the Fraunces Tavern on Wednesday for a no-host dinner where George Washington said farewell to his troops. Tanny Franco and Sharon Lenius were unsung heroines in arranging all of these events. In Washington, DC at the Military Librarians Workshop we will finish our anniversary year with a Wreath Laying ceremony at Arlington Cemetery on Dec 8. We also have some anniversary mementoes to pass out to full registrants.

    1. Military Librarians Division Members Visit Rockefeller Center the NBC "Today Show" on Monday. Meet in Lobby of the Hilton by Concierge Desk, 6 a.m.; depart for NBC sidewalk 6:15 a.m. Wear your 50th Anniversary Shirt and help carry our signs as we greet the nation and Al Rocher. An opportunity to celebrate 50 great years! 2. Celebrate Military Librarians Division's the 50th Anniversary - Lets Eat Cake! Tuesday, June 10, 2003, 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m., Hilton, Mercury Rotunda. We've invited Conference Attendees to come by for a slice of our Anniversary Cake and sing "Happy Birthday!" Official Cake Cutting - 1:15 p.m. Sponsored by EBSCO Publishing and EBSCO Subscription Services. 3. 50th Anniversary No-Host Dinner Fraunces Tavern, Wednesday, June 11, 2003, Bus departs Hilton at 5:15 p.m. return 10 p.m. Dine with us at the historic Fraunces Tavern where General Washington bade farewell to his troops at the end of the Revolutionary War. We'll be in the Nichols Room. Full dinner with choice of two entrees, salmon or pot roast; Cost: $45 per person payable by cash or check ONLY prior to boarding the FREE Bus sponsored by Standard and Poor's. Bus tickets available through MLD Board Members or contact Tanny Franco at"> You may prepay to Claudia Tavares. You may make reservations and menu selections with Sharon Lenius. This event is open to all SLA attendees, however, the event is limited to 45 people.

    Sharon Lenius
    [Federal Librarian - Retired]
    'Tolle Lege!' ('Take up and read')

  • 2.  RE: Remember when....2003 DMIL 50th Anniversary

    Posted 05-22-2020 11:23
    Good recap, Sharon.  Now that was a great conference.  Wish we could still say that.


  • 3.  RE: Remember when....2003 DMIL 50th Anniversary

    Posted 05-23-2020 15:03
    That was a fun event -- I still have my blue shirt.  May you stay healthy!

    Lynne Tobin