Let’s recap the timeline: Signed papers with the attorney for the sale of the house on Thursday night, went to work at 3:00 a.m. for a long shift, ran many errands, and met Camette at the apartment around 10:00 p.m. to throw some clothes in a suitcase. Next morning, Saturday, leave the apartment approximately 5:00 a.m. for the 11 hour drive to Atlanta, Georgia (With restroom and refuel breaks it took 12 hours).
We checked into our accommodations around 6:00 p.m. Where did we stay, you may ask?
That’s right, a teepee in someone’s back yard. It had a queen sized bed, with A/C and mini-fridge. It was freakin’ sweet!
We did spend an entire week in Atlanta, but mainly for the Rotary International Convention, which was hosted at the Georgia World Congress Center (That building is HUGE).
This was the first International Convention that we’ve attended, and it was GREAT! We made new friends and learned about the good work that Rotary is achieving around the world.
To ring in some of this good news was John Cena, sharing the Polio Moment. If you are unfamiliar with Polio, please check out the link https://www.endpolio.org/ I’ll come back to this topic on another day. We also had Bill Gates share that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will be extending their two-to-one matching funds for three more years toward eradicating Polio. Then later in the day, Ashton Kutcher joined the panel discussion about efforts to end human trafficking. Kutcher is one of the founders of THORN which specializes in ending child pornography. We even had a brave guest on the panel who was a victim of sex trafficking. This was all on Monday before LUNCH!
We met really cool people from around the world. An interesting and friendly gesture that I often partook of was to help someone take a group photo. So many people and they simply want a picture. It was easy to identify if the person who was taking the picture should have been in it. So I would faithfully walk over and offer to help. Despite what language the person spoke, they understood and were visibly thankful.
We attended several breakout sessions at the convention to bring some knowledge back to our club. I attended a session about securing partners/sponsorships, about club membership being a revolving door, and heard the most prolific interact members present (They are from Northern California District 5170). In so many words, Interact is like a Junior Rotary. It’s for high school students who are passionate about doing good work in the community and abroad while making friends and networking.
We saw the sights: World of Coca-Cola, Georgia Aquarium, Oakland Historic Cemetery, Krog Tunnel, Village Theatre Improv Night
We ate great food: Daddy D’z BBQ, Kwan’s Deli & Korean Kitchen, Six Feet Under, Graveyard, Tijuana Garage, Thrive, The Flying Biscuit, The Vortex
Visited the Shops: Your Dekalb Farmers Market, Ponce City Market, Krog Street Market, (Nationally Recognized) East Atlanta Village Farmers Market
And much more!
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Meanwhile, check out some of our pictures from this trip to Atlanta. We will be updating this album through the week.
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