By Jenni Schneiderman and Mary Mares-Awe—THE CHICAGO CHAPTER of the Fulbright Association held its first annual all-member picnic on Sunday, September 20, 2015 in Oak Brook from 11am to 2pm.
The balmy weather and sunny skies provided a perfect backdrop for the beautiful, natural setting in Oak Brook’s Fullersburg Woods. The forest preserve is one of DuPage county’s premier picnic areas and proved to be a great spot for our event.
The Chapter provided soft drinks, and attendees brought such goodies as roasted chicken and potato salad, in addition to a variety of salads, baked goods, and sweets.
About two dozen Fulbright Association members, some bringing their families, attended the picnic. Several people stopped by for a few minutes, others stayed most of the day.
Rick Hallett brought his adorable, one year old twins along with his wife and the rest of his family. Judy Veramendi dressed stylishly in a lovely summer dress and a matching hat—perfect for a summer picnic. Lowell Culver stopped by and told us about the newest book he’s working on.
At one point, a woman came up to the picnic area. She told us her name is Tara, and while on a walk in the woods with her family the “Fulbright Picnic” sigh caught her attention. It turns out she’s just returned from her Fulbright in Ecuador—proving the point that Fulbrighters are everywhere. All in all, the picnic was a wonderful event and a day well spent.
The event was organized by Jenni Schneiderman, Cristina Sisson, and Mary Mares-Awe. We already look forward to next year’s picnic.