The event went swimmingly. With 120 members in attendance and 25 language pairs represented the luncheon was a winner. DVTA Secretary Anne Connor, assisted by her daughter Jackie and DVTA member Eileen Haag, welcomed the guests as they arrived. Members were greeted by rousing music that firmly set the festive mood in the charming Tudor setting of The Woodcrest Mansion at Cabrini College. Plants on every table and flower vases filled with spring daffodils arranged throughout the rooms further enhanced the beauty of the venue. Guests were encouraged to mark their country of origin with drawing pins on a large map set up in the main lounge. The map soon became a mass of brightly colored dots that sent many a member scurrying around the rooms in search of an unknown countryman.
Program co-chairs Maria Weir and Carlota Dalziel opened the event and gave guests a warm welcome. Each sponsor was introduced and recognized with enthusiastic applause. The sponsors were: La Salle University, represented by Dr. Carmen Lamas, Cross Cultural Communications, represented by Michelle Gallagher, Magna Voce, represented by Maria Perez-Chambers and Catalina Natalini and Accent Interpreting, represented by Gilbert Ruiz.
Next, DVTA President, Tony Guerra, welcomed the guests and introduced the board members. He went on to invite participants to register for the DVTA and ATA Spanish Division April seminar Spring into Action to be held at La Salle University on April 25 and 26. One of the main organizers of the event, Armando Esquerra Hasbun, was introduced as the person who would respond to any questions on the seminar. Early birds would get a special discount, and those registering at the luncheon itself would get an additional discount. Armando’s information table was kept very busy throughout the afternoon with registrants signing up and making their choices regarding seminar sessions.
The food can only be described as exquisite, and the service (drinks and lunch), as first class. There were three different hot and cold food stations. Another one offered soft drinks and wine, and yet another tempted everyone with delicious desserts. Coffee and tea was available throughout the afternoon. The way the stations were placed in different spots throughout the spacious and well-appointed rooms enabled guests to circulate, mingle and avoid long waits and jams. Tables were set for lunch but this didn’t stop most guests from getting up to freely move around the rooms and effectively network.
The event wound up way beyond the intended time of 3pm. There were closing remarks by Tony Guerra, who thanked the guests for coming and encouraged them to attend the next DVTA event in April. Armando Hasbun briefly outlined the plans for the Spring into Action seminar, which promises to be a big success.