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Spring is in the Air

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This year’s Legislative Day was the best ever; we had 96 attendees and over $13,500 in generous sponsorships, may from our own chapters! And while I had predicted the cherry blossoms would be at their peak; they failed to cooperate this year. It was just too chilly for them to bloom when we were in DC. Cherry blossom bloom sighting were reported daily as our members trekked back from the Capitol from their meetings but their grandeur was missed and saved for other spring visitors. Of course, they have been bursting this week, after several days of warm (hot) weather!
For me Legislative Day goes hand-in-hand with springtime. I am enjoying daylight savings time and my dogs are too. They know no more freezing morning walks when the air is so cold and I’m bundled up. We’ve switched to early evening walks after I come home from the office and they are happier about this too.

Just as much as I enjoy fall and winter; it’s spring that really is invigorating. Seeing the gorgeous colors of the tulips, daffodils, forsythia and other flowering shrubs and trees; it is so uplifting driving to work. I can’t wait to see what’s in bloom each day.

There are those other welcomed changes in spring; being able to open the windows again for fresh air and begin putting away the coats, gloves and hats. I can’t wait to uncover the outdoor furniture, move my outdoor planters to the deck and of course, buy new plants! The stores are just getting in their spring plant shipments and the roadside plant vendors are just about ready to set up.

Some of my New Year’s resolutions from January are still on my list. Hopefully, these will be springtime projects like maybe cleaning and organizing my garage this year…or not! It’s just right in spring but too cold in winter and too hot in summer.

And springtime after Legislative Day means gearing up for the ANI in the fall which will be in New Orleans this year. This is one of the best cities for professional associations to hold their meetings and the folks at the NOLA Visitors and Convention Bureau are so happy when we choose their city. If there ever was a city that has worked tirelessly to bring conventions and meetings back to NOLA; it’s these people and they really roll out the hospitality New Orleans style. Start watching the travel channel and food network; you’ll inevitably find a segment incorporating something about New Orleans.

What’s on your spring to-do list?
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