What do you do? April 20th edition

Thursday April 20th, 2017 – breakfast meetings, committee meetings, blogging and another movie

Another short post – as I am still posting via mobile, and it’s not as user-friendly as my laptop is.

Today was the first of two days of Ontario Good Roads Association meetings. The meetings are hosted at the Royal York Hotel. I did not include my check in experience last night – my room was not ready when I arrived, and I was upgraded to a two room suite.  The rooms are booked by OGRA, and are often quite fancier than I would normally stay at.  My room has two bathrooms, a sitting room, and a separate bedroom.

The committees meet today, then the board meets tomorrow, to ratify the committee work and to manage any board specific items.

James' Venn diagram at the committee meeting

James’ Venn diagram at the committee meeting

I met with Nick, a City of London employee in intergovernmental affairs for breakfast first thing this morning.  He will be attending meetings to observe and to assist as needed.  Last year, staff were not able to make it, but this year, Nick will be attending.

We went attended the membership services committee – I am not a member of this committee, but it is OGRA tradition that board members attend both committee meetings.

After the membership services committee, I enjoyed lunch with my board colleagues and OGRA staff.

Next came the policy committee – this committee I vice chair and enjoy quite a bit.  The policy meeting took just over two hours.  After the policy meeting, I received a package which had been sent to me from the city to prepare for the SPPC meeting in London on Friday. Nick and I met briefly before he left to catch his train and I spent about two hours reviewing my package for Friday’s SPPC meeting.

I called Matt and the kids before dinner and spoke briefly via FaceTime. FaceTime is one of the things that helps my family and I to stay connected when we are in different city’s.  It’s nice for the kids to see and talk to me, and to feel connected.

The board met for dinner and wished fair well to one of our colleagues who has left the board for another position.

After I have to stay, I’m kind of tired out! I watched a movie in my room, and am writing this post as it plays.  I do have some pictures from the past two days and will go back and edit these posts with some more details when I’m home.

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