Here's a picture of Kelly and me speaking at the Meet and Greet. It's a little dark, since the light was behind us. But I love Kelly's gesturing! Did anyone get a picture of her in her robe and crown after she was crowned Queen of ATLOSCon? Please send it.
By the way, ATLOSCon doesn't happen without the work of many, many people--but most of all, without the work/bossing of Kelly Elmore!
We have much to offer at our conference, and we are proud of our accomplishment. That so many (104!) attended and seemed to enjoy themselves is just WONDERFUL.
Kelly and I talked about this in our class about ATLOS and what our organization is all about. Objectivism is a philosophy for living on earth, and ATLOS is a group for people living in a particular part of earth.
We are building a community here, where we share not only Objectivism and Ayn Rand as a commonality, but other aspects of life on earth as well: our interests, passions, families, work, and play.
Our conference, ATLOSCon, reflects all of these aspects of our group--the philosophy that originally brought us all together, and our other many, varied values. I already have several ideas for passions I want to talk about at next year's conference, and I know others do, too, as I had many many conversations about this with speakers and attendees. I cannot wait to find out what next year's classes will include! (Hint: Personally, I'm hoping there will be something about The Beatles.)
I shared this on Facebook, but I want to capture this here, too. One of the best compliments we have received so far about our conference comes from David, a first-time attendee. He writes, speaking about the Meet and Greet, which was our first event
"From the start, the social gathering sort of felt like one big family getting together to have dinner and shoot the breeze. Not the dysfunctional sort of family, but the kind that you look forward to seeing and are sad to let go."
I got sort of chills down my spine when I read this, because it really captured the essence of this community-building we are working so hard to achieve here. And for this observation to come from someone who came here to a conference for the first time was really gratifying.
All in all, a wonderful experience, and I'm happy to have been a part of it yet again. I love our group, I'm so happy to know you all, and hope that we will continue to grow our community for living life in Atlanta! Please join us next year for ATLOSCon 2013 (Memorial Day Weekend--mark your calendars now), or for any of our regular events throughout the year.