Welcome to the new GGN website. I think it has a better look and feel to it, don't you agree? It has been "Baracked" with some change... I mean it really gives me hope... alright, that's enough with the Obama references. Hey! I am extremely excited about being part of an amazing team comprised of board and staff members from across the US. Before I joined the staff, I felt that I wanted to help the organization but I just didn't know how to do it. I'm sure everyone has their own reason for becoming a GGN member. For me, it was an opportunity to create new friendships and to learn more about the Diojiu part of my identity.
Ever since I came back from the staff retreat in mid-January, I have been working on ideas on how to push for more Diojiu visibility, especially in the Midwest! After spending several hours brainstorming and struggling with self-doubt, stress, good, not so good and crazy ideas, I came to the conclusion that all these ideas would not work if it was only me involved. I need everyone's help. GGN as an organization would not be as great if it wasn't for its members. In fact, it wouldn't even exist without its members. I grew up in St. Louis, MO where there aren't a lot of Diojiu people. I was overwhelmed, in a good way, when I attended the GGN Conference 2007. There were over 100 Diojiu people from different areas of the world. It truly was a "melting pot" of GGN members.
Whether it's due to school, a job, family, friends, volunteer work or hobbies, we all have a lot going on in our lives. I am thankful that I have an opportunity to help GGN grow. I only hope that the things we do here will make as much of an impact on you as it has made on me. Oh, by the way, if you live anywhere in the Midwest or Central region, feel free to email me at Louis.Tang@gaginang.org. I want to meet you. You can't hide forever!
Midwest Events Coordinator