Last week was pretty low key as I continued to work away to finish the semester strong. Between group assignments, papers, and the daily struggles of African life (transportation, the heat, indoor bugs and lizards, and water and power outages) sometimes I look around and wonder what to tackle next! I did, however, have a chance to break away from studies last Thursday and give a Rotary presentation at the African Regent Hotel. Here’s a look at my experience.
An American friend of mine had been asking to come along with me to a Rotary meeting for about a month. I was glad when she was able to attend last Thursday’s meeting Addison is FUNNY so she kept me grinning throughout the meeting. This was my second time attending a Rotary meeting at the African Regent Hotel. I enjoy going there because it’s sort of like being back in the States, except the hotel has a very African vibe. There are African masks and artwork everywhere. African crafts and pottery line the entrance. Even the doormen are dressed in traditional African clothing! It is always very clean, lively, and enjoyable. There was actually a jazz band setting up when we arrived. It would have been nice if we could have listened to some nice jazz music, but by the time the meeting was over it was quite close to my bedtime.
|I was probably talking about food here, November 6, 2014|
|Presenting Rotarian President, Alex, with my sponsor club’s banner, November 6, 2014|
The Rotary Club of Accra-East was well attended for their Thursday meeting. After the main speaker discussed different levels of giving, I had my chance to present. I always enjoy giving my Rotary presentation. I never get tired of talking about landmarks, family, and friends back home! Everyone was attentive and I also got a few laughs out of the crowd. After I gave a presentation to the Rotary Club of Accra East, a group of Rotaractors immediately came up to me and thanked me for giving the presentation. One of their members, James, gave me the meeting place and time of his Roteract Club and said he’d love for me to speak to his Club members. I happily obliged and hope to be able to schedule a meeting with them soon.
Although life is quite busy and hectic right now, I’m always thankful to take a step back and engage in Rotary. It’s a nice change of pace and a welcome one. Next week, I’ll talk about adding some familiar staples to my kitchen!