The AALS 2017 Professional Enhancement Retreat was held on June 9-10, 2017 in Little Rock at the Ferncliff Retreat House. We started Friday evening with a Pampered Chef FUNdraiser, where we got to see great products demonstrated by Dawn Nabours, Independent Advanced Director for The Pampered Chef. Dawn used new and classic cooking products and made us dinner (California Pizza) and dessert (Chocolate Lava Cake)—yummy! Once our appetites were whetted by the good food, we got down to the serious business of ordering cooking products for ourselves. AALS will receive 30% of the sales from that evening, so the evening was a triple WIN—dinner, fun new kitchen toys, and AALS fundraiser! What a deal!

The next morning we were treated to an amazing breakfast prepared by in-house chef Danny Looney, who made us breakfast casserole, breakfast muffins, toast (with Cheryl’s mom’s AMAZING jam!), pastries, and juice. Thanks for the extra five pounds, Danny!

Our first session was Team Building. Cheryl Summerhill and Janet Gordon led us in a group activity to remind us how important it is to communicate and work together. Who knew a bunch of empty paper towel tubes and bouncy balls could be so much fun?!

Next, we learned about Emotional Intelligence from Ms. Tracey Dennis, who is an attorney and the Assistant VP and Trust Officer at Relyance Bank. She gave us pointers for how to interact with co-workers and employers, and we had an interesting discussion. We’ve all had challenging office situations, and new coping skills are always welcome.

Our lunch was Poppyseed Chicken prepared by Cheryl Summerhill. MMMM! That’s all you need to know.

The final session, Organize Your Life, was presented by Pam Reaves from The Container Store. She showed us some fun ways to organize our office spaces, and we discovered that we need all sorts of nifty new things. Apparently Ms. Pam is the most organized person on the planet, and we all need her services ASAP! She showed us ways to clear off our desks and get our stuff where we can see it and use it better.

We so appreciate the work that the CLEC Committee did with all the planning and arranging. It was such a great time together, to learn and get to be better friends. If you have never been to the annual Professional Enhancement Retreat, you do not know what you are missing—and you should make plans to be in attendance next summer!

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