Lynn Boulger and I are in Washington, DC on a whirlwind tour of the nation’s capital, meeting and greeting and making friends and getting people excited to make investments in our beloved institution. As you might imagine, DC is a real hotspot for alumni given all the public sector and non-profit work here.
Just to give you an idea of the schedule we’ve subjected ourselves to, here was yesterday:
7:00, wake and eat breakfast
9:00, visit Mitch Rales – Seal Harbor resident – at Glenstone, an art/gallery and organization in Potomac, Maryland
11:00, visit Bob Kogod – another Seal Harbor resident and supporter of the College – at his office in Crystal City, a part of the DC-Metro region that he and his colleagues built in the 1980s.
1:00, lunch with the Newlins and Shoreys (COA board members) at the Cosmos Club (this happens to be where The Wilderness Act was signed into law in 1964.
5:00, drinks with Nat Keller, COA alumnus from 2004
7:30, dinner with COA alumna Congresswoman Chellie Pingree at her home on Capitol Hill
11:30, sleep very soundly in room 367 of the Cosmos Club
It sounds like lot of white space — there’s not. Useful? Successful? Most definitely. Highlight? – hearing COA alumni – no matter from 1979 or 2004 – become so excited and enthralled by remembering the past and imagining the future of COA.
Today (Tuesday) and tomorrow will be filled with the same but will also include a large alumni-donor-prospective student event held in the Ansel Adams room at The Wilderness Society. Back in Bar Harbor late Wednesday night.
More pictures after the break