Thanks to Rebecca's Aunt and Uncle, we were able to hold our September GSE Team Japan meeting at a beautiful cabin in Nevis, Minnesota.
Aside from Ben and Julie deciding at the last minute to challenge the team to an "Amazing Race" in Minnesota's prime agricultural area ... except they were the only two playing (i.e we got really lost and arrived in Nevis quite late), the weekend went off without a hitch (generally).
After indulging in delicious meals cooked by chef extraordinaire (Ann Perry), we were able to isolate ourselves from distractions and hammer out our video montage presentation against a backdrop of breathtaking scenery. Our work led us to be creative...taking video footage while canoeing and creating an end scene with us all in the lake in our clothes shouting out a thank you to Japan. The footage was fantastic, allowing us to incorporate some old fashion humour into our presentation. Now....we just hope we can get it off the camera which...seems to want to keep the footage all to itself.
Aside from working by the fire, in the dark under the stars, we were also able to reconnect with Chris and George who both play a fundamental role in the GSE program. As always, they brought humour to the table as well as margaritas and "chicken especiales" as we dined at Companeros Mexican restaurant in picturesque Dorset, Minnesota.
Overall, our weekend Nevis retreat was a big success. Great work was done and we shared many laughs. Especially when Ben had to do the dishes after being narrowly defeated at an intense late night game of "P & A".