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Distributing knowledge through the Book Partnership Project

Fred Siegman, Ron Harvey and Jane Florine

Fred Siegman, Ron Harvey and Jane Florine getting ready to pack books.

By Mary Mares-Awe—THE CHICAGO CHAPTER OF THE FULBRIGHT ASSOCIATION  is in the final push of completing this year’s book drive as part of its Book Partnership initiative. More than one thousand books have been collected from various schools, organizations, libraries and private individuals over the past several months. Most of the books have been sorted, boxed, and are now ready to be shipped.

The books will be donated to Ethiopian children and to students and children in Macedonia. We are in negotiations with Turkish Airlines for their contribution to this worthwhile project—shipping the books to Macedonia. Some of the Spanish-language books in our collection have been earmarked for children in Guatemala.

José Rodríguez, Jim Nowaczok, Ana Gil-García and Mary Mares-Awe

José Rodríguez, Jim Nowaczok, Ana Gil-García and Mary Mares-Awe

At this point many thanks to everyone  including José, Ron, Mary, Jeff, Ana, Jenni, Fred, Jim, Jane and others who gave up a  part of their  Saturday March 1st, and this past Saturday, March 7th,  in sorting, and boxing up the books. Also, thanks to and many others who’ve been involved with gathering and delivering the books to our storage facility at the Ethiopian Community Association in Rogers Park. This is a huge effort and anyone’s contribution, no matter how small or large, is paramount to the success of this wonderful project.

The books should be on their way to their destinations in the next few weeks.

Background: The Book Partnership began in 2007 and has involved strategic relationship building between our Chicago Chapter and Fulbright Alumni Associations in different countries. Over the last 7 years, thousands of books for school-aged children have been donated. They’ve then been shipped to Fulbright Alumni in Panama, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, Moldova, Ghana and Botswana. The Fulbright Alumni Associations have then distributed the books to local NGOs and schools, and ultimately into the hands of teachers and children.

Photos by Jenni Schneiderman

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Exploring six degrees of separation in Fulbright branding workshop

Fred Siegman leading the "Branding " workshop at Columbia College Chicago

Fred Siegman leading the “Fulbright Branding Effect on Membership Development” workshop at Columbia College Chicago

By Mary Mares-AweLEADERSHIP, CONNECTIONS, relationship building, common values…these are some of the concepts discussed at last Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 workshop entitled “The Fulbright Branding Effect on Membership Development” that took place in the journalism department at Columbia College Chicago.

The workshop was possible thanks to a small grant from the National Fulbright Association and led by Fred Siegman, a branding expert and consultant to major corporations and nonprofit organizations. Forty people attended the workshop including eight members of the Fulbright Chicago Chapter board. Organized by Chicago Chapter Director of Membership Ana Gil-García, and President Ron Harvey, the purpose of the four-hour training session was to develop a strategy to promote the Chicago Chapter, expand awareness of its activities among Fulbright alumni, and increase membership.

Participants during breakfast prior to the workshop

Participants during breakfast prior to the workshop

Participants had the chance to get to know one another through a series of communication exercises. Because of the workshop we now know where the term “six degrees of separation” comes from. It’s all about finding commonality with complete strangers and building new relationships.

Among other exercises, Fred Siegman explained how to find connections between people.

Among other exercises, Fred Siegman explained how to find connections between people.

For me personally, it was fun to learn, in just a few seconds, that I had something in common with the person sitting next to me. It turns out we both are life time members of the Fulbright Association. She had a Fulbright to Warsaw, Poland; my best friend in college was born in Warsaw, and the Cultural and Educational Attaché at the American Embassy in Macedonia, the country where I had my Fulbright, taught ESL in Poland before joining the Foreign Service.

Siegman also emphasized the importance of sharing experiences and learning from each other especially from those who’ve been part of Fulbright for many years. He said the workshop provided a great reflection of cross generational communication and shared interests.

Eighty eight year-old Dr. Bruce Douglas , the first president of the Chicago chapter of the Fulbright Association participated in the workshop.

Eighty-eight-year-old Dr. Bruce Douglas, the first president of the Chicago chapter of the Fulbright Association, participated in the workshop.

“We have here age groups spanning 40-50 years” Siegman observed. Just then someone chimed in “65 years… or more.” All heads turned in his direction. To everyone’s surprise and delight, he introduced himself as 88-year-old Dr. Bruce Douglas, the first president of the Chicago Chapter of the Fulbright Association.  We’ll hear more from Dr. Douglas in an upcoming post in the form of an interview.

Participants networking in the Orange Area of the Journalism department of Columbia College Chicago during a break.

Participants networking in the Orange Area of the Journalism department of Columbia College Chicago during a break.

Photos by Elio Leturia

“The Fulbright Branding Effect on Membership Development,” free workshop

WE NEED YOUR HELP to continue growing the Chicago Chapter membership. There are hundreds of Fulbright Alumni in the Chicago area who are NOT members of the Fulbright Association. In addition, there are many more who believe in the mission of Senator Fulbright of the importance of international cultural exchange and may not know that they could also join the Association as Friends of Fulbright.

We are inviting you to attend a free membership workshop on Saturday, November 9, 2013. The goal of the workshop is to help us to pass on the Fulbright vision and to recruit new Fulbright Association members.
WHEN Saturday, November 9, 2013
TIME 9.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.
WHERE Columbia College Chicago, 33 E. Congress, Room 219

Fred Siegman

Fred Siegman

The workshop, led by expert branding consultant Fred Siegman, will cover these areas:
1.   Envisioning our Future
2.   Retaining current members
3.   Recruiting new Fulbright Association members

In addition, the workshop will give you a chance to meet other Fulbright Association members in the Chicago Chapter and members of the Board. Lunch will be served. Coffee and snacks throughout the morning and afternoon.

Please sign up for the workshop at the following link HERE or using the direct link below.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1oOvRWXEB1GnfIxZvtetofZVjuNJExMHtTuuCN09DbQk/viewform?pli=1

Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to meeting you at our Membership Workshop!