Posted on 12/16/2013 @ 09:00 AM
Ryan and Maya here. We've recently returned from an intensive, productive and fun four days in Dallas, Texas! The air may have been freezing and the roads may have been icy, but the 89th and 69th boards had a great time coming together at our winter retreat. We celebrated Shabbat, discussed our Movement's plans and priorities for the rest of the year in depth and, of course, continued major preparation for AZA BBG International Convention 2014!
We arrived after a long day of travel on Thursday night. Before anything else, the entire board reviewed studies on the Jewish peoplehood as a whole, and discussed the importance of BBYO and how IC is the pinnacle moment to showcase our organization to the community.
On Friday, we sat down with members of the AZA and BBG Staff Team to discuss and review the entire IC schedule, focusing on the five pre-IC conferences, opening ceremonies, BBYO Stand UP Day, IC Limmud and Sunday night festivities. We can't even begin to tell you how excited we are for all of you to feel the magic that IC has to offer.
With more members in attendance from more countries than ever before, AZA BBG IC 2014 is truly going to be a welcoming home for every Jewish teen, anywhere.
As we continued our meetings, we were given programmatic updates from Natalie Spring, our IC Director of BBYO Stand UP Day. Each and every person sitting around that table was excited to hear more about our revamped day of service. This year, BBYO is proud to partner with the American Heart Association in order to engage even more people in acts of community service and advocacy than ever before. Stay tuned for more information to come.
On Saturday, we continued to go through each aspect of the IC schedule and atmosphere with Anita Bormaster, our Director of IC Programming. During this session, we accomplished a ton in regard to the amazing experience that all participants will have at IC. We brainstormed for Opening Ceremonies, organized the structure for this year's State of the Order, created a minute-by-minute schedule for Feb Execs and went over t-shirt designs.
Unfortunately, the weather did not allow us to check out the Hyatt Regency Dallas as a board. However, Maya's canceled flight allowed her to stay in Dallas for another day and visit the hotel, touring through hallways and seeing the ballrooms where our plenaries and sessions will be held.
When driving into downtown Dallas, you can spot the magnificent hotel from miles away. The beautiful, sparkling glass covered building and Reunion Tower, the 15th largest building in Dallas, standing tall next to it make the hotel unmistakable in the the Dallas skyline. As you walk into the hotel, you are overcome with beauty. From the open atrium where you can look up and see the Texas sky, to the large, conference rooms where the magic of IC will take place, the Hyatt could not be a more perfect place for AZA BBG IC 2014.
We're beyond excited to continue preparation for IC, and we speak on behalf of the entire Steering Committee when we say we cannot wait for you all to see and feel the magic of International Convention!