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A Great First Day at #AZABBGExecs2014

Posted on 08/14/2014 @ 10:00 PM

August Execs took off with a great (and early, for some) start! Delegates met up in the hustle and bustle of the BWI airport, shaking hands and learning names in a crowded restaurant. Like at every BBYO convention, we all had fun making funny first impressions and branching out. It was very clear that every delegate was energetic, excited, and enthusiastic about their region. Everyone was so eager to begin planning for an amazing year in AZA and BBG!

Once we all arrived at Capital Camps, we were immediately stunned by the beautiful facilities and scenery. The cabins that we're staying in are on top of a long and windy hill, overlooking the whole camp. We dropped off our luggage and went right back outside for a relaxing afternoon of getting to know one and other. It was amazing to see everyone instantly relating to each other about their past BBYO experiences. Whether the topic was summer programs, conventions, or regional programs, everyone had something to talk about. I didn't meet one person with whom I didn't have at least one mutual friend! Jewish geography really became the theme of the afternoon. And before we all knew it, we were surrounded by our new #AZABBGExecs2014 friends.

Later in the evening, we transitioned to dinner, followed by International Board installations and the inaugural address given by Sam Perlen and Amanda Freedman. Needless to say, we were all inspired by the entire ceremony. It was great to see installations and witness the beginning of BBYO's journey for the year. Then, as Sam and Amanda spoke about strengthening the movement in their inaugural address, everyone sat wide-eyed thinking about the potential we have when we're together, יָחַד, as BBYO leaders.

Later, each delegate regrouped with their co to talk about their region's strengths and weaknesses, as well as their own, and devised a game plan for the conference. This will help us throughout the weekend while we discuss the Movement's priorities for the year. Afterwards, we were put in pairs with other delegates to bond and find commonalities (shout out to my partner Sam from St. Louis Council!). Throughout the weekend, we're supposed to catch up with our partner in order to gain a new perspective about a different region. I can't wait to see what I learn!

After a long night of excitement, it was finally time for bed. Reflecting back on the day, I can't think of how it could have gone any better. I am humbled to be surrounded by so many inspiring and strong people, and I'm looking forward to spending the upcoming days of August Execs with them!

- Melanie Weiskopf, Achot BBG, Northern Region East: Baltimore Council N'siah

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