This week, we at SLA Europe held a reception to celebrate our 40th anniversary year. Many thanks to all who came along to celebrate with us, and especial thanks to former SLA Europe President Veronica Kennard for hosting the evening at the stunning new Rothschild offices. We were delighted to see so many members (and potential new members!) in attendance, and particularly pleased to welcome several guests who had travelled from the continent to attend: 2009 IP award winner Gimena Campos Cervera, Board member 2006 IP award winner Marie-Madeleine Salmon, and Laura Armiero.

Marie-Madeleine Salmon and Gimena Campos Cervera   Sara Batts, Gimena Campos Cervera and Laura Armiero

Board member Jane Ray has blogged her thoughts about the evening (reproduced here with permission):

After being escorted to the 14th floor cloak-room, a glass lift took you to the next level where you stepped out and walked into this large, beautiful, airy function room, that had floor-to-ceiling glass windows on two sides, affording breathtaking panoramic views of The City at night-time. What a treat!

All the invitations had been taken up, and the room slowly filled with people. Waiters served drinks and delicious canapes as the guests mingled, and in pride of place in the room stood a beautiful four-tiered chocolate cake which symbolised the celebrations.

Darron Chapman, SLA-E President gave a short speech and highlighted the new jobs board which has just materialised on the web site. Darron was followed by a short speech from Veronica Kennard, who is a Past President of SLA-E, and who also kindly provided the opportunity to host the event at Rothschild. Veronica asked us all to go and introduce ourselves to at least one person with whom we had never met.

Darron Chapman  Veronica Kennard  2010 President Darron Chapman and past president Veronica Kennard cut the cake

After the speeches were made, it was cake cutting time, and more drinks and canapes, as the networking took off and information professionals from across the sectors reacquainted themselves with old colleagues and made contact with new ones.

SLA Europe member Nicola Franklin has also blogged about the evening, and you can see our photos on our Flickr page and Facebook group. If you took any photos of the evening, please feel free to add them to the Facebook or Flickr groups.

Many thanks to all of our wonderful members, Board members past and present, and supporters. Here’s to another 40 years!

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