I have to thank my dear friend, John Wojnar, for inviting me to Binghamton, NY this summer for a book signing with Barnes and Noble.
John is part of the Broome Leadership Institute Class of 2015, and every year the leadership group hosts a fundraiser to help their community. This year’s fundraiser was focused on literacy, and a percentage of Barnes and Noble’s sales the day of the book signing went to support literacy programs in the local school systems.
There are 20 leaders chosen each year to be part of the Broome Leadership Institute, and it is quite an honor, as they visit with local businesses, industries and charities to expand their knowledge so that they can also contribute to their community.
I met many of this year’s leaders at Barnes and Noble on June 20th, as they gathered to entertain the children with a scavenger hunt, a book reading and my book signing. If these are the future leaders of Binghamton, then what a fortunate community this is, as they were enthusiastic, imaginative, kind, caring, bright and funny! I know they kept me entertained. The day was a huge success, and the money raised exceeded their expectations. I’m so happy to have been a part of it.
I expanded my trip to include the Finger Lakes, the Hudson River Valley, New York City and the Catskills. I was overwhelmed by the vastness and beauty of New York State! One of the highlights of my week’s adventure was taking the train from Hudson (a short 2-hour trip) into New York City along side the Hudson River. It was so close; I could practically reach out and touch the water. It felt more like a boat ride, actually. With the mountains across the river valley, it was simply spectacular.
Many thanks again to the Broome Leadership Institute, my friend, John, his lovely wife, Julie, and their adorable children, JD, Jessica and Josie, who kept me entertained with daredevil-stunts-on-wheels in the driveway!