The last few days before departure I was quite busy with preparations. I knew Kristian wasn't coming and I had never handled the whole presentation by myself. I am really an engineer by training, but in chemical engineering, and IT is not my strong point.
On Monday January 16th, we flew to San Diego via Newark. On the 17th I had time to get to know the hotel, get my PC connected and on the 18th, the presentation was due to start at 14.10 and last an hour-and-a-half. Setting up the stand couldn't start earlier than an hour before. Amongst the many documents I had been loaded up with before departure there were reminders such as:
But everything went as planned. Kristian and I had numerous long sessions together in the days prior to the trip. We had found several ways of tackling problems and if I said "Yes, but..." his answer was "There is no but" So there... Skyping between Oslo and San Diego, him and me, was incredibly good, both picture and sound, and helpful. And to boot, it is free!
RI Director Barry Matheson suggested that the "Young Friends" project should be presented at the Project Fair in San Diego. Here he poses to the left of Lillan, my wife, and myself.
The Manchester Ballroom, a room that is 40 x 50 meters, housed 13 stands with projects. As I was totally focused on our stand and who visited it, I had little opportunity to check out the others. But there is no doubt that our stand got a lot of visitors during that hour-and-a-half. All our literature vanished, and at the end I saw a couple of people taking photos of our power-point presentation as the pictures rolled on slowly. I rarely saw the DGE's other than at the hotel as they were "attending a course". Nevertheless, a few of them had the same bad habit as my wife and I....They went outside the hotel to have a smoke. We did that too and there we chatted with some of them, particularly the DGEs from Western Balkans (and I have their calling cards among others).
Finally, it is fantastic for our "Young Friends" project that the RI President Elect Sakuji Tanaka declared that his motto for the 2012-13 Rotary year would be Peace through Service!
I would like to thank each and everyone who contributed to the progress of our "Young Friends" and that I got the job - or rather the honour - of presenting to hundreds of DGE's in San Diego what we, in Oslo Vest RC, do for Peace and Reconciliation!
19. april 2018
Bli med på reise til Kenya, Nairobi og Mombasa 21. okt 2018, Oslo Vest Rotary Klubb - "Inspiration fosters Ideas"
4. april 2018
Direktør Eli Grimsby, Kultur- og idrettsbygg Oslo KF
I Bjørvika har to monumentale kulturbygg reist seg det siste året - Munch-museet og Deichmanske bibliotek...
21. mars 2018
Marit B. (Kolstadbråten), medlem av Oslo Vest Rotary Klubb og initiativtager til Deaf Aid, Hallingdals eneste bistandsorganisasjon
7. mars 2018
Jens Barland, førsteamanuensis i medieledelse og innovasjon ved NTNU Gjøvik
Pressens oppgave i samfunnet er å gjøre at vi er informert. Og de skal være kritiske.
28. februar 2018
Hans Emil Ratvik, spesialrådgiver SOS barnebyer Norge
Visste du at det finnes en SOS Barneby i Norge?
14. februar 2018
Intercitymøte for klubber i Region 1 med Bjørn Myrvang som foredragsholder.
7. februar 2018
Hilde Restad, Førsteamanuensis ved Bjørknes Høyskole
Får Trump tre nye år? Mens vi venter på Bob Mueller og FBI, hva skjer i USA?
31. januar 2018
Arne Elias (Corneliussen) - Leder NRCI
Vårt eget medlem Arne Elias tok oss med på en 16079 km lang ekspedisjon med tog, buss og bil fra Shanghai til Istanbul.
24. januar 2018
Stein J. Bjørge, fotograf/journalist i Aftenposten.
Bjørge fortalte om hvordan han arbeider som fotograf og journalist. Han prøver gjerne å komme litt på baksiden av historien og vise både gode og dårlige sider av virkeligheten.
17. januar 2018
Morten Jødal, Biolog og Miljørealist.
"Alt går ikke like galt i klima for tiden"!