After weeks of planning over the summer, GlobeMed at GWU’s efforts are beginning to pay off in only the second week of the academic school year. Last week, we had our first event of the year – the RwandArt Sale! 16 GlobeMedders volunteered to oversee our table in Kogan Plaza where we sold dozens of hand made pieces of pottery and paintings made by GW art students. Students, professors, and other members of the DC community purchased items from our beautiful selection on a donation basis, contributing a total of $404!! Not too shabby for our first event of the year. One professor asked us when we will be selling again and if we will have more pieces. The answer is yes! And we will be selling more GW student art in conjunction with our Hydrate for Humanity campaign during Colonials’ Weekend on October 15th, so if you need to buy your parents a nice, unique gift for visiting you or if you just want to spruce up your dorm room then come stop by!
Katy and I also attended the Leadership Institute last week, hosted by the National Office on the Northwestern University Campus in Evanston, IL. We had an awesome time getting to know the leaders of our fellow GlobeMed chapters and learned a lot about ourselves and how to improve our activities during the year. A special shout out to Maya Cohen and Alyssa Smaldino for making the trip such a memorable, inspiring, and incredibly fun weekend!
Since the GROW team has returned from their 7 week excursion to Butare, Rwanda (see their blog LINK for more details and stories), we’ve been in close contact with Eliphaz, the new President of RVCP. He’s a really nice guy and he’s sooo enthusiastic and productive about working with us. He also has some great ideas about how to improve our impact with the Maternal Health Education Program. In particular, Eliphaz and the GROW team have discussed the possibility of having a winter cooperative in addition to the routine summer initiative. This means that we would have TWO rotations of the cooperative where women would attend the education sessions and receive land and goats. By doing so, the number of women that we could affect would double by twofold! To accomplish this, we need to raise about $5,000-6,000 during our first semester to ensure the success of the winter initiative. It’s an achievable goal but that means that we need to focus on making our fall semester campaigns as successful as possible and I’m sure that we will meet that challenge head on.
Finally, we had our first GlobeMed party this week as a sort of meet and greet to introduce new members and to reunite old members. We had a blast at Eliza’s apartment and move forward into the new year with a renewed sense of camaraderie and community. To further this sentiment, we will be having our first annual All-Staff Retreat at Summit Lake in Emmittsburg, MD where we will spend one night and two days living in wood cabins, making camp fires, playing games, and learning more about our chapter, our partner, and each other.
If anyone is interested in joining GlobeMed at GWU, feel free to email email@example.com and ask for an application. Our first General Body Meeting is this Sunday, September 11th at 4pm in Phillips 110 and anyone is welcome to join us (even if you haven’t applied yet)!