|IIT, where it all began. Our opening social event and interviews were held here on August 12 and 13.|
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Monday, December 19, 2011
We spent last weekend practicing our presentations and doing dry runs for our GSE Coordinator, David Baker. We got a lot of great feedback from David and Prakash. Here are some snapshots from the session:
|The group, listening as Jessica gives her presentation.|
|Prakash and Jessica|
|Elliot, Dana, David, and Prakash listen as Jessica (off screen) describes potential tweaks to her presentation.|
|District Governor, David Templin, stopped by to wish us well on our trip. He also came bearing gifts!|
Sunday, December 18, 2011
In late November and early December, the team got together at Prakash's place to take photos in traditional Indian dress. Some of our print materials will include these photos in addition to photos in American attire. Check out the photos of Dana, Jessica, and Ayo below!
Saturday, December 17, 2011
In our meetings leading up to Group Study Exchange, we've had the pleasure of being joined by Mr. Aupam Mehta. Mr. Mehta has been our guru, or teacher, as we've prepared to immerse ourselves in Indian and Gujarati culture. He has taught us traditional greetings and customs, Gujarati salutations and phrases, and led us when singing the National Anthem of India, Jana Gana Mana. He has taught us everything from the phrases we will be including in our print materials to various phrases that will help us communicate with folks throughout the trip. I specifically wanted to know how to say "this food was delicious!", which is "bahu maza aavi". While most , if not all of the people we encounter, will speak English, we hope our use of their language will show our dedication toward making this trip as fruitful as possible.
Mr. Metha, Aabhar!
Friday, December 16, 2011
- Paul Harris, from Chicago, Illinois, started Rotary International in 1905.
- Rotary membership has now grown to over 1.2 million members worldwide.
- There are sixty-three Rotary Clubs in District 6450
- Rotarians have preserved the original meeting place, room 711 in Chicago’s Unity building, by recreating the office as it existed in 1905.
- Next Rotary year, District 6450 is planning to send a GSE Team to Nigeria
We'd also like to give a shout out to Erica Egger, who has been invaluable in her help with our pins, business cards, brochures, and thank you cards!