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Alliance Calling all Photo Buffs!

Alliance reports on Baltimore blast!

By Margaret Quel, Alliance President

The cool temperatures in Baltimore did not deter Alliance members from enjoying a memorable 2013 ACAAI Annual Meeting.

I am very honored to accept the position of Alliance president and my sincere appreciation goes to Ellen Portnoy for her hard work this past year. Indeed I was impressed as I observed her keeping up with the marathon of required appearances throughout the November meeting.

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All of our activities could not take place if it were not for the dedicated Alliance members who offered support in so many ways: assisting at the Hospitality Suite welcome desk (special thanks to Marilyn Bielory), during the International Reception, the Alliance Business Meeting & Luncheon (special thanks to Randee Mansfield, Jackie Bellanti and Sandy Lanier) and at the ACAAI KIDS programs.

The children’s programs had many delightful moments. The Baltimore zoo mobile introduced the kids to a wide range of critters including reptiles, a skunk (fragrance free of course) and the special appearance of a penguin which whom they could actually get up close and personal. The zoo docent commented that she immediately noticed these were physicians’ children due to their exceptional behavior and the many questions asked about the animals’ diseases. Also impressive was the gentleman presenting the clown school: he put a philosophical touch to his teaching while making it all fun as well - pie in the face was great.

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Our celebrity chef, Jerry Pellegrino, was delightful while creating some delicious local dishes. He took great care displaying ingredients including a three foot long fish; it looked like what most fishermen would call the one that got away.

Many thanks to Jeanne Zitt and Barbara Finegold for their efforts in making the International Reception a hit again this year. Pirates’ booty was in abundance and our guests from all over the world had an enjoyable time.

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This year’s Photo Contest had so many impressive entries (more than double last year’s) making judging a real challenge. The first place winners were: James Sublett, MD, FACAAI, Nature and Landscapes; and Harold Nelson, MD, FACAAI, Pets and Animals, Travel and People. Proceeds from this event exceeded $3,000 this year. Congratulations to all the talented photographers! And a big thank you again to Barbara and Jeanne.

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During our Annual Business Meeting & Luncheon we were entertained by a talented duo that played and sang a selection of familiar tunes. My appreciation goes out to Linda Horbal, Evva Hepner and Jane Martin for accepting new positions on the Alliance Board. I look forward to working with them as well as Judy Fineman, president-elect; Leila Sublett, treasurer; and Jan Gower, secretary. I know the input of all these creative members will enhance our efforts for next year’s meeting.

The newly installed 2013-2014 Alliance officers are (from left): Treasurer Leila Sublett,
Immediate Past President Ellen Portnoy; President Margaret Quel, Secretary Jan Gower and
President-Elect Judy Fineman

We have wonderful plans for the 2014 ACAAI Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Nov. 6-10, with a great deal of southern hospitality and we look forward to having our members join in on the fun. Don’t miss out on Atlanta!

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