On Tuesday, February 26, 2019, the Greater Austin Charter Chapter held its monthly meeting. Our meeting space was transformed into Celebration Land, a mystical, wonderful location of connection, fun, and conversation. The decorations were put together by the board. Treasurer Dawn Mayer helped set the room up expertly.
Communications DIrector Laura DiTomasso got to work putting together our new name tags, which our President Dr. Ryan Schoenbeck carefully and mindfully created. Deanna Goodson, our Director-at-Large, had put together much of the documentation and colorful pieces of paper that adorned the room and told our membership about all the different activities, events and goals the board has planned for them in the coming year inspired by member input.
Program DIrector Stefania RIgo outdid herself in purchasing drinks, goodies and all sorts of yummy items for people to enjoy. She was also the driving force behind making sure that the evening’s activities moved along smoothly and comfortably. Stefania also created stunning certificates for members to receive special accolades based on their history of chapter participation which our president researched and presented on slides.
Ryan kicked off the festivities with a toast and presented the layout of Celebration Land. This was followed by a networking activity in which everyone got together in pairs to discuss a fun fact about themselves. People wrote fun facts on stickers they placed on their ‘champagne’ glasses. Our Membership DIrector Elly Van Laar was instrumental in marking the time so that everyone else could relax and just enjoy each other’s company.
At that point, the first of three awards ceremonies began. Ann Fry was recognized for being the first ICF global member in our chapter. Sherry Lowry was recognized for being the first ICF credentialed member in our chapter, and Patricia Selmo was recognized for being the first ICF Greater Austin member in our current database. To begin the next activity, stations had been set up for different directions in our fine city so that coaches could connect and create their own little networks in their own neighborhoods.
Ryan and Stefania then gathered everyone together for the second of three awards ceremonies. Former President Kelley Russell-DuVarney was celebrated for attending the most chapter events and the most socials. Deanna Goodson attended the most Coaching Conversations and VIrtual Happy Hours. For more details on chapter events, please visit our calendar.
Who says ICF coaches can’t enjoy the Core Competencies? Well, no one. As the evening progressed, folks connected and shared which of the 11 Core Competencies that they picked out of a fabulous hat provided for the occasion by Marisa Goodson, our Director-at-Large’s daughter. They shared what their Core Competency means to them as well as how they currently use it in their coaching and how they will use it in the future. Everyone made some great awarenesses and created incredible insights into these, the standards of our profession.
Stefania rallied the troops together to honor former President Katherine Torrini for all her help in making us a non-profit. Katherine recognized the support of Mary Dunn, Joe Brattain and many others. Edna Harris was also honored for attending the most workshops.
Next, everyone circled up and talked about their niches. There were leadership coaches, health and wellness coaches, business coaches, relationship coaches and more. It was great to connect as a group and have the opportunity to discuss how everyone shows up for their clients.
In the final appreciation interlude of the event, Stefania and Ryan celebrated past presidents and board members. Some of our former board members shared what ICF Austin used to be like and everyone enjoyed this wonderful look at our chapter’s amazing past while marveling at how far we’ve come and have yet to go in 2019 and beyond.As the event came to a close, Elly led us in sharing some awarenesses that came up for us during the celebration. Many people mentioned that connection was key, which is a beautiful thing. Hopefully, Celebration Land will remain in the hearts and minds of our members for a long time to come. We look forward to seeing you at our next monthly chapter event. Sherry Lowry will be speaking on the Core Competencies. SIgn up for the event today using this link.