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Exciting Opportunities

2008 has been an exciting year so far!

We are leaders in training for our Community Group. Which will be wonderful!

Bill has been excelling as a digital media public relations guru! At the end of February, he will be traveling for three days to North Carolina to help train 35 marketing and public relations experts at a multi-billion dollar business intelligence company. Bill is getting attention at his company for being a great Account Executive! Even the Executive Vice-President (EVP) has taken note of his work and his stylish wardrobe :) He was also given the “task” of picking out laptops for the digital media team and is now trying to convince the EVP that he needs a Mac.

As I mentioned in the previous post, I was able to spend several days at the United Nations the past couple of weeks. I attended the Commission on Social Development which was about improving the lives of all people through concrete actions. In particular, I attended sessions that had to do with aging policy. The sessions were about the Madrid International Plan of Action on Action and how regions and countries had implemented the plan to make cities more aging friendly. I am now serving as a United Nations representative for the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG).

I also have the opportunity to be involved in several other international aging projects. I am a member of the NGO Committee on Aging and helping to plan and implement the 2008 International Day of Older Persons to be held in October at the United Nations. I am also the U.S. Student Representative for the 2008 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day that will be held in June in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

At my internship I get to do a poster presentation at the National Association of Social Workers conference in Albany, NY. The conference is at the end of March and I’m presenting on how social workers can use blogging as a means of communication with other professionals and as a tool to inspire communities to action.

So, how is everyone doing on their 2008 goals? It has been almost 2 months are you following through or have you forgotten all about them? One of our favorite things to do is dance (if you can call it that) on Friday nights! During one of our dances we found a “theme” song for our lives. It’s corny and juvenile but our “theme” song is “REACH” by S CLUB 7. (I’m sure only Dana will know who they are!) It’s our theme song because it is all about reaching for the stars, following your hearts desire and being an achiever. But, it’s also about having someone who will always be with you as you are achieving your dreams! And setting goals is one way to “reach!”

Does anybody else have a theme song?

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3 Responses to “Exciting Opportunities”

  1. SYBIL says:

    Marvelous and tremendous news! I sound like a broken record, but we are so very proud of you both and the things you have worked hard to accomplish! As for goals: at our age we hope to stay well! Uphold our family daily in prayer, and encourage others as best we can. To God be the Glory!!

  2. Gayle says:

    2008 HAS been an excellent year so far for you both! I think is so wonderful that you both are living out your dreams. Bill has WOWed the people at GCI with his expertise in the digital media world and Amber has such passion for what she is doing. And you both are really taking advantage of the opportunites that are placed before you. I am also glad that you are taking leadership roles in your church, too. God has blessed you both with such talents. But I think the key to all of this is that you love and support each other in all of your achievements. It means so much when you know someone truly believes in you and is behind you 100%. I am so proud of you. I know I have said it 100 times but I can’t help it. I love you both so much.

  3. Julie says:

    I know S club 7 and “Reach”! They are on my ipod! And I even remember you and Dana watching the TV show!

    I,too, and proud of you and Bill. As I have said many times, there are not many young people like you in the world, but we could sure use a lot more!

    I think you should put your UN pictures on this blog.