Global Connections celebrated a return to in-person activities with a catered picnic on Sunday, September 19.
At Holmes Foster Park, 38 people attended the event, including 12 who registered to become dues-paying members. Many of the attendees have been associated with GC for years, who expressed their happiness to see the organization thriving. American and international residents of the community sat and ate together and kept up a lively conversation.
Duplicate images of the welcome sign posted in University Park Airport were on display as a banner at the picnic as well as on the cake baked for the occasion. In the end of the catered picnic, the participants were gifted with a delicious take-home “Welcome to the community” Apple pie compliments of Gemelli Bakers.
Global Connections had a table with interactive activities as part of the annual LION (Living in One Neighborhood) Bash, hosted by the Borough of State College, on Thursday, September 9th.
The table was located at a wonderful location on the corner of College and Allen. Hundreds of State College residents interacted with the Global Connections mission that collaborative interaction can help develop inclusive, enriching groups. The Global Connections table had two “challenges”: The Chopstick Challenge inviting individuals to move a variety size of beans from one bowl to another with chopsticks and a Language Challenge where individuals had to identify the languages indicating “Welcome” on our new Global Connections Welcome Sign.
Special thank you to Membership Committee Members who helped staff and create the table including: Daniel Foster, Rita Graef, Shannon Holliday, Heyseon Kim, Melanie Miller Foster, and Bob Persiko.