Be A Leader, Be A Friend, Be of Service

By Danna Bell, Host Committee Co-Chair

In 1979 I became a member of the Zeta Delta Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity. APhiO has three major prinicples: leadership, friendship and service. And one of the first things that we are taught is to Be a Leader, Be a Friend but most importantly to be of service.

I have been amazed at the number of APhiO’s I’ve met during my time as an archivist and it doesn’t surprise me one bit that developing service programs has become an integral part of the annual conference. This year we will have one external service project and two that you can participate in while at the conference hotel.

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Courtesy of the Friends of the DC Archives website

The external service project will support the D. C. Archives which is also known as the D.C. Office of Public Records.  The D.C. Archives has faced a number of challenges but through the work of Administrator Rebecca Katz and her small staff there have been steps to improve the archive and insure the protection of the records of the District of Columbia. To learn more about the activities of the D.C. Archives read a report from Matthew Gilmore, one of the editors of H-DC

The DC Archives has many boxes that are damaged or otherwise in poor condition and need to be replaced. Volunteers will work in the stacks in teams of 2 to identify boxes that need replacing, assemble the replacement boxes, move the contents to the new boxes, and label the new boxes accurately. If you are interested in participating in this service project please send an email to . You can also send questions if you want to know more about the project.

Participants will meet at the front desk of the Wardman Park Marriott at 8:30am on Wednesday, August 15th to take the Metro together from Woodley Park to Mt. Vernon Square and then will walk one-block walk to Naylor Court where the Archives is located. This will involve changing from the Red to the Green line at Gallery Place.

If you read some of the articles published in Archival Outlook you will see that we had hoped to have a service project with Capital Area Food Bank but were unable to arrange that project. If you want to volunteer for them or donate to the Food Bank you can find the link to their website here. Click on volunteer to learn more.

What if you aren’t going to be here in time to volunteer at the DC Archives? There are other options to offer your support to organizations in the community. As some of you know I am the owner of two rescues dogs. I knew that I wanted to continue supporting a rescue as we have at the past few conferences.

10639615_726186450785885_7689963954733682122_nIt’s my pleasure to ask that this year we provide donations to Knine Rescue. Knine Rescue  has found homes for many dogs and has accepted dogs that were abandoned, abused or rescued from hoarding or puppy mill situations. I spoke to the head of Knine Rescue and though she has provided a list of needs on the website she noted that given the medical care many of the dogs need after rescue money is always appreciated. We’ll have a box where you can drop off donations. They do love hand crocheted or knitted blankets as they put them in with a group of puppies when they adopt a family and when each puppy goes to its forever home it gets one of the blankets with all of the smells of its litter mates.

If you decide to donate cash, checks or gift certificates we’ll have a place where you can drop them off at the registration desk. If you use PayPal. Amazon Smile or IGive please make sure to indicate that the donation is from the Joint CoSA/NAGARA/SAA conference/

We do have another option for those of you who like to knit and crochet. Create 7″ x 9″ squares for Warm Up America. Squares should be made out of washable yarn. For those of you that don’t bring your needles or need yarn we’ll have some available at the donation table. If there is enough interest we may be able to join the squares together to make a blanket during the conference.wualogo

Hopefully one of these ideas will inspire you to be of service to the Washington, D.C. community during your time at the conference. If you have questions drop me a line at

7 thoughts on “Be A Leader, Be A Friend, Be of Service

  1. Sarah says:

    Hi Danna,

    I’m interested in participating in the service project at the D.C. Office of Public Records. I see that attendees meet at 8:30 am but what’s the date?



    • Danna C. Bell says:

      There’s no specific size required but I know they have taken in some larger dogs and may appreciate a larger blanket. Thanks for asking.


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