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My global family

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By Hyon O'Brien

I spent the first week of June this year among 25,000 Rotarians from 160 countries who were attending the Rotary International Convention (its 110th) in Hamburg, Germany. There are 1.2 million Rotarians in 200 countries, so this represented only two percent of our organization. It was my very first Rotary Convention, and an exciting and moving experience. I had never been surrounded by people from 160 countries. The most diversity I had ever experienced previously was among the 45 or so nationalities at the Union Church in Hong Kong during our stay there 20 years ago.

The first person I exchanged hellos with was from Nigeria. I was delighted to meet this woman in a colorful native costume since I have a Nigerian spiritual daughter pursuing her studies at Florida International University. When I mentioned her family name, Oghogho, my new friend immediately told me that she must be from the southern part of Nigeria not far from the Delta. It seems that some family names can reveal which part of Nigeria one is from!

One afternoon my husband and I went to the Hamburg Harbour to see the busy port and some great architecture (especially the impressive new Elbphilharmonie concert hall). We walked through the city to the St. Nikolai Memorial, a church that was destroyed by bombs during World War........

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