IABC-LA Chapter kicked off the beginning of the networking season with a warm toast of conversation, and networking at Nose Wine Cellar Networking Event in Pasadena on Wednesday, Chapter President, Paula Cassin welcomed members and very special guest, Adrian Cropley, IABC Chair in from Australia! Members were surrounded by brick “cellar” walls and stocked wine shelves, and enjoyed especially warm and lively conversation, deep red wine “legs” while sipping glasses from premium vineyards, bruschetta and cheeses, all while continuing that signature friendly-chapter atmosphere that is IABC-LA. Cimone Farrell, volunteer event coordinator did a lovely job of putting the event together at Nose.
Paula Cassin welcomed everyone to a new networking event year, and noted the chapter’s collegial engine really does run on the steam of its volunteers. New Zealander Paula and all of us were delighted to welcome affable international colleague, Adrian Cropley, who addressed the crowd with a few words on this year’s three-point focus of career, content and more value regarding IABC membership. Adrian is the Principal for Cropley Communications in Melbourne.
Chris Cabrera invited members to “stay out a little later on a school night” for the After Dark after-event portion of the evening…which will continue throughout events this year so participants can connect a bit more over lattes. Susan San Martin, our chapter career development volunteer and Christopher Swan enjoyed some chat time with Adrian. Bill Spaniel welcomed members to assist in the process of judging the writing category for the Gold Quill Awards in January. Paromita Ghosh and Rebecca Mikkelsen continue to bring their fresh energy to events, while Cheryl Farrell hit “the big time” recently in a professional video for diabetes including dozens of singing kids. Members attending or on the guest list included Greg Cash, Kerry Bonner, Shannon King, Julie Lowe, Sandy Smith, Jessica Santana, and Jane Stenehjem and Dyanne Weiss. And UCLA grad student Aubrey Kelly stated on Flip camera that this event helped her make up her mind to join the chapter as well as volunteer! And Cimone’s peer, Courtney is looking to join as well. Delighted to have all of you in attendance!
Our chapter sponsor and volunteer “paparazzi” Ed Carreon kept the flash bulbs going and we look forward to our visages posted on our website.
The chapter makes an effort to create plenty of networking and career development events throughout the year and in locations that give plenty of ease-of-access to members. We’re off to a terrific start this year under Paula’s second direction with her second term as President. Existing volunteers and members and our newest faces all toast to career, content and more value!