August Execs 2013 Kicks Off
Posted on 08/15/2013 @ 10:00 PM
To say excitement was in the air is an understatement. Talking, laughing, hugging and handshakes overtook the greeting area at Capital Camps as nearly 90 council and regional godolim and n’siot gathered in anticipation of August Execs. Arm in arm, everyone headed to dinner before the start of the first program.
After a welcome message from Ian Kandel and Anita Bormaster, BBYO Executive Director Matt Grossman shared heartfelt words highlighting both the magnitude and the honor of being installed into the International Order of BBYO. With that, Mika Stein and Michaela Brown were officially installed into the 89th Grand Board of the Aleph Zadik Aleph and the 69th International Board of the B’nai B’rith Girls. After their Inaugural Address, the remaining International Board members - Ryan Dishell, Jake Cook, Dan Widawsky, Gary Levine, Maya Guthman, Kate Reinertson, Sofie Jacobs and Tracey Katz - were installed as well.
Later, the teens talked about what it means to be a part of the Execs body. “We are the representatives of our members back home.” “We are the leaders of the change we want to see in our regions and in the Order.” “We work together and gain ideas from each other to bring back to our regions.” While all of these things – and more – are true, they were ultimately reminded, “You are the heartbeat of our Order.”
The night moved into icebreakers featured on the teen priorities: BBYO Stand UP, Speak UP, Globalization, Growth and Program Excellence. With this much energy, passion and drive in just one night, August Execs 2013 is sure to produce some amazing things.
Until tomorrow - Laila Tov.