To those of us on the outside of it, The Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute could look like a group of selected adults who are trained and then challenged to complete a Girl-Scout-Gold-Award-meets-Boy-Scout-Eagle-Award-Project-on-Steroids. But, to those who have experienced it, have completed the amazing projects that have bettered our city of Des Moines, have met their future spouse in the program, it's safe to say that GDMLI changes lives for the better. While also uplifting the surrounding community. And they've been around for 30 years. It was time to celebrate and honor those who have gone above & beyond to make Des Moines a wonderful place to live.
I arrived before the guests began cocktail hour for some detail shots of the evening:
My next "detail" was the entry door to cocktail hour. Jenni & I wanted some kind of prop to denote that it was GDMLI's 30th anniversary, so I brought along a chalkboard and had just about each group that passed my way hold it for their group photo.
My next "duty station" was catching candid moments of the guests during dinner, preferably when their mouths weren't full of food....:)
Here are President and Mrs. Maxwell of Drake University:
As dinner progressed, the jazz ensemble providing music also led us in a rendition of 'Happy Birthday' for GDMLI's 30th. The cupcakes were made special by one of GDMLI's own members for everyone!
-Joe Gonzalez, Des Moines Police Dept.
-David Stark, Blank Children's Hospital
-Vernon Delpesce, YMCA of Greater Des Moines
-Kim Butler, The Private Bank
-Jackie Matt, Wesley Life
-David Maxwell, Drake University
-Joyce Chapman, West Bank