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!
26. september 2018
"Fra Thune Mekaniske til dumperproduksjon i Fræna..." - Sergei (Burkow) - Yrkesforedrag
24. september 2018
Guvernør Svein Eystein (Lindberg) inviterer til et av Rotaryårets desiderte høydepunkter
21. september 2018
Groruddalen Rotary Klubb inviterer til Intercity-møte
19. september 2018
Jon Westborg, tidligere ambassadør til Sri Lanka
Dagens foredrag hadde overskriften ""Erfaringer fra et Paradis i konflikt"". ""Paradiset"" er SRI LANKA,
9. september 2018
Markedsdagen i Bogstadveien, i regi av Næringsforeningen, er en bilfri lørdag høst og vår. Butikkene flytter ut i gata, og folk strømmer til.
6. september 2018
Kristoffer Sandven, Frimurerordenens Overarkitekt
21. august 2018
OVRK medlemmer jobber med utdeling av skolebøker til elever i videregående skole
6. juli 2018
Vår nye guvernør Svein Eystein Lindberg ønsker som en del av kontakten med klubbene og medlemmene å informere om hendelser og planer i og for distrikt 2310. Som kanal velger han å bruke månedsbrev.
2. mai 2018
Innkommende President Olaf (Varslot) presenterte Klubbens Planer og Mål (KPM) for Rotaryåret 2018-19
11. april 2018
Bedriftsbesøk hos Blomqvist Nettauksjon AS, Fornebu, og foredrag om Omega klokker - Agnes Beathe (Steen Fosse), daglig leder & Dag Braanaas, formann i NURK