A network of social service agencies and transportation services

Journeys, June 2019, Annual Conference

The panel for the Art of Helping Travelers included (left to right) Rachel Rucker,
ACI-NA; John Ishu, Travelers Aid Chicago; Shelia Dashiell, Travelers Aid/Union Station; and Jessica Lani Rich, Travelers Aid of Honolulu.
The panel for Lessons in Leadership included Marcy Roke, Travelers Aid Society of San Diego; Jeff Smythe, HOPE Atlanta; and Chet Sobotka, Travelers Aid of the Inland Empire.

Annual Conference Presentations Posted

Sixty individuals participated in the 2019 Annual Conference in Charlotte on June 12-14. The three-day event featured 18 educational sessions, including two workshops designed to strengthen the bonds within the Travelers Aid network. A number of subject matter experts from Charlotte social service and volunteer organizations provided ideas, tips and experiences that Travelers Aid members could implement within their own agencies. Conference presentations are now posted on our website. There are also links on that page to speaker biographies and the onsite program.
The board has selected Honolulu as the site for the 2020 Annual Conference. A date and host hotel location will be determined. Travelers Aid of Honolulu will host the conference.

The Marshmallow Challenge

As a team building exercise each table was challenged to build the highest tower using spaghetti, string, and tape. The tower was to be topped with a marshmallow.
One participant noted that "we learned who, at our table, were planners and who were doers."