Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Deirdre's Introduction

Hi, I'm Deirdre. I've been around LLL for a long time and around computers even longer, but this is my first attempt at blogging! I have five grown children and three beautiful grandchildren; I am a CSI and work with the USW Division staff on the Publications/Online workgroup. I love to learn and to teach, and LLL has given me so many opportunities to do both over the years!

I've always enjoyed technology and particularly like to find ways to help it serve people and relationships. I've attended a number of conferences and come away renewed, informed and inspired from each one. And now we have a wonderful set of tools collected by the Tech Room team to make the information and inspiration gathered at the conference available to so many more people beyond those able to attend physically! How exciting!

I'm delighted to be working with the Tech Room team! LLL Leaders who are techies--what a great fun combination!

Monday, May 21, 2007

Podcasts and Chats

Hi aLLL,

My name is Sherry, I am a LLLeader in Aurora, IL. I have lived in the Chicago suburbs for 5 years. Before that we lived in New Hampshire where both my children were born. My husband, Mike, and I are both Canadian citizen so the boys are American and Canadian. My children are nine and six - and boy are we are looking foward to summer break!

I am so excited to be a part of the Tech Room team! What a great bunch of ladies I get to work with. I am looking foward to actually meeting everyone in person.

My role on this team so far has been to contact all presenters at the 2007 conference to schedule podcasts and chats. At first it was just a task, but as I was actually sending the communications out to each presenter I started to get excited! I was actually communicating with some of the ROCK STARS in the breastfeeding/parenting world! I was so thrilled when I received my first reply! Every time I check my inbox I get a rush just thinking about who's contacting me. I almost feel like a little preteen just about to meet Justin Timberlake (or whoever is hot right now *LOL*)

Greetings to all Blog Readers

Well, Shelly inspired me to introduce myself, also.

My name is Judie and I am the person who set up all the LLLI Conference Blogs. Believe it or not, I have never blogged before in my life! It was just never my thing - though I am starting to find that it is growing on me. :) To get started, I set up an experimental blog so that I could test all the features of Blogger. That helped me to write instructions to all the Conference bloggers, some of whom were also brand new to blogging, explaining to them how to sign in to their blogs and get started. It has been a lot of fun setting up the blogs and getting to know the bloggers. I hope everyone will read all the blogs and leave lots of comments. Bloggers love to know that people are reading!

I have been involved with La Leche League for 21 years. I started attending meetings in New Jersey while pregnant with my daughter, who just celebrated her 21st birthday! I also have a son who will be 19 next month. Both are home from college for a visit and I am very happy to have a full house again. :) When my daughter was 5 and my son was 3, we moved to Miami Beach, Florida, where we have lived ever since.

I became a Leader almost 14 years ago and have loved every minute of it. I lead a meeting in the Coral Gables/South Miami area with my new co-Leader, Tamara. I went to several LLLI International Conferences when my kids were much younger. We started running out of money for that sort of thing when the kids were in middle and high school, so I am very excited to be attending this year's Conference.

If you will be at the Conference, please stop by the Tech Room and say hi. I love meeting people. Even if you are not going to be at the Conference, be sure to take advantage of our Virtual Conference (linked on the right side of this page). We have lots of fun activities going on. I participated in the Virtual Conference in 2005 and loved every minute of it - podcasts, chats, and blogs.

Leave me a comment so I know you're reading. :)

SmiLLLes, Judie

On a lazy Monday afternoon...

I thought I'd introduce myself. My name is Shelly Stanley. I've been attending LLL meetings since I was pregnant with my oldest daughter in 1997 in Germany. My husband is in the U.S. Army, so we move around a lot. From Germany, we moved to South Carolina for a few months, then on to Washington state. It was in Washington that my 2nd and then 3rd children were born and also where I was accredited as a Leader. A few months later, we moved to Stanford, California. Then two years later we moved to West Point, New York. We are now gearing up for a move this summer to Springfield, Virginia (near D.C.)

Moving seems to be my eternal conference theme. In 2003, I attended my first International Conference in San Francisco just a month before we moved. In 2005, I attended the Conference in Washington, D.C. We were actually in the middle of our move. We had driven from California to D.C. and then after the conference we continued on up to NY. For the 2007 Conference, we will move to Virginia just a few weeks before I leave the family amidst boxes in our new home to fly to Chicago for a fabulous week.

I noticed at the 2003 Conference that the Technology Room looked like a fun place to be. So, in 2005 when I saw that they were looking for volunteers to help at the D.C. conference, I jumped at the opportunity. This year, I'm the point person for the Tech Room Team and I'm still having a good time. :) I hope you'll all stop by and visit us. We have a lot to offer this year!

~Shelly