Chapter leaders from around the country met in Indianapolis for a weekend in June to participate in the Ted Scripps Leadership Institute. Funded by the Scipps Howard Foundation, the weekend is a chance for incoming chapter leaders to meet and develop their leadership skills.
About 50 people participated in the program, both professionals and students. Topics such as fundraising, recruitment and leadership roles were covered in a series of small group sessions. A final seminar on creating a vision for the chapter was held on the last day.
The core principles of SPJ were spotlighted in a ceremony conducted by Secretary-Treasurer Bruce Cadwallader, based on the initiation ceremony of the 1909 Sigma Delta Chi organization. The participants then had the chance to get to know each other with an outing to a duckpin bowling alley.
Facilitator Dick Johns, chapter adviser at the University of Iowa, works with John Patrick of University of La Verne and Evan Perault of University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire during a training session.
Gabrielle Vigier of the University of Florida smiles as she listens to a presentation. Jean Ash of the East Tennessee Pro Chapter sits in the background.
Associate Executive Director Chris Vachon shows off the new SPJ Web site. Vachon directed the weekend of training.
Sam Taylor of the Inland Northwest Pro Chapter stands to explain a point while Janie Jones-Montgomery, of the University of Michigan-Dearborn, looks on. Seated at the table are Kara Sassone, Maine Pro Chapter, and Sarah Boggan, Southern Arizona Pro Chapter.