Meet me at Pullman’s

Every year the Valley AEYC hosts an Annual Award Dinner to vote for new Board members and celebrate the members’ active participation; members who attend five events and help out in some way receive $10 toward their dinner. In addition to elections there’s also a business meeting, but its mainly a night to have fun hanging out with other early childhood professionals.

This year the Dinner was held at Pullman’s, a restaurant I’d never been to before. Pullman’s ison the river almost directly underneath the Oneida Street bridge and has gorgeous views of the river. Since this year’s dinner theme was “Transportation” Pullman’s was a perfect choice.


Valley AEYC Dinner Door PrizesWe had a giant room to ourselves, which is good because sometimes often we get loud and silly; something that’s great for working with kids but tends to annoy other diners. At one end of the room was a table with name tags, door prizes, and an adorable airplane to put the door prize slips in.


Valley AEYC Dinner - FlowerAs usual, the Dinner Committe did a wonderful job with table decorations; at each place setting was a pen, luggage tag, and potted plant. I’m not sure how potted plants fit into the theme, but they sure were pretty. I had a red one by my place but another member traded me for a purple one cuz purple is my favorite color.


Valley AEYC Dinner - MembersWe had a smaller group than usual this year but that doesn’t mean we had less fun; it just means we all get a door prize! Hey, whose margarita is that? It looks yummy; I think I need one on the rocks.


Valley AEYC Dinner - More MembersA is ready to get this party started but N and M are talking business – exchanging Father’s Day gift ideas. One of the things I look forward to at each of our monthly meetings is sharing ideas with other early childhood teachers.


Valley AEYC Dinner - FlowerTwo of the Dinner Committee members are getting ready to hand out more door prizes. Pick me, pick me!


Valley AEYC Dinner - R's PrizeNo, they didn’t pick me. They picked our out-going Vice-President instead. There must be something funny inside cuz J is totally cracking up.


Valley AEYC Dinner - SuitcaseC is the lucky winner of the suitcase, and was absolutely thrilled. Congratulations C – now you’ll have to plan a vacation!


Valley AEYC Dinner - FlowerEvery May we elect either President and Secretary or Vice-President and Treasurer. This year V.P and Treasurer were up for grabs, and were won by these two ladies. Congratulations, I’m looking forward to working with you! I’m currently serving as Secretary again; I served two two-year terms several years ago.


That was the short story of our night: good food, good company, good prizes… and a good time was had by all.

Amy Sue


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