My involvement with the Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council has deeply enriched my life and that of my family. We have had the pleasure of participating in their home host program for international delegates where we've forged friendships around the globe. My children delight in the exposure to different cultures, ways of thinking and languages. My husband and I strive to be informed and welcoming citizen diplomats and have been very impressed with the community involvement that the GCWAC offers to ensure and foster the knowledge, exposure and opportunity to do so in our local schools, business communities and public at large. I like knowing that as an organization, we're making a meaningful impact at home and abroad.
The Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council does very important work fostering citizen diplomacy. Thanks to highly motivated volunteers, members and staff the organization is on a strong growth trajectory--working with more schools and students on global issues and dramatically increasing the number of international visitors coming to Cincinnati as part of a critical State Department program. I joined the board after my family hosted two Japanese visitors for three days. Over the course of a weekend, my three young children were exposed to an entirely different culture in a way no textbook, film or website could ever duplicate. I decided then and there to get more involved by donating to the group, serving on the board, and working with the staff to help the organization thrive.
I have been on the Board of the World Affairs Council for over 6 years. I am very impressed by our institutional progress. We have evolved from a loosely focussed group to a highly energized team of volunteers lead by a saavy and productive staff. We will continue to develop as time goes on, and will be recognized as one of the top providers of international education and visitor services in the region.