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Welcome Letter Fall 2013-KB Edits (1)

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August 2013
Dear FeelGooders,Welcome back! We hope you all had a wonderful summer, and that you are ready for anotherepic year of hunger-ending action.John Coonrod, the Executive Vice President
of The Hunger Project, recently wrote: “The notion
that we are all in this together is no longer an abstra
ction…
.
It’s in the daily news. It’s our lived
reality
.”
 
In other words, we’re starting to get it:
for the human family to survive, we need to co-create a world where everyone can thrive.This was a major theme a
t this year’
s Big Cheese Summer Institute
attended by students from16 chapters and by our partners and friends from around the world. It was there that we heardabout the
international community’s
call for a new global target
to eradicate extreme hungerand poverty from
the face of the earth by 2030.”
This exciting possibility is a first forhumankind
a call for a global partnership
guided by a people-centered and planet-sensitiveagenda, based on the principle of our common humanity.
 Ending hunger in our lifetime is now closer to reality than ever. So this academic year, as anoutcome of our time together this summer, the entire FeelGood movement will be invited torespond to this call to end hunger by 2030. Together, we are taking our delis to a whole newlevel.
You’ll hear more about this excitin
g invitation as part of the VCA that all chapters, includingyours, will complete in the first few weeks of school. More information on this coming soon!Until then, we offer this start-of-year Welcome Kit as an expression of our gratitude and love for
you all! In it you’ll find…
 
 
New FeelGood gear. From aprons and hats to a small sample of deli-related items thatwe are featuring in the Cheese World store this year!
 
 
 
Ribbons (& instructions) for an exercise called “Our Ties to Ending Hunger”
- a great wayto reconnect to each other and our awesome mission. We recommend you do thisexercise on your first or second chapter meeting with all your members.In the meantime, remember that the entire FeelGood World staff is here for you. Questions?Concerns? Just want to chat? Drop us an email at changemaker@feelgoodworld.org.As many of you say, FeelGood is a way to love the world.
It’s so true. FeelGood is a space and
community through which we can explore how to be in loving relationship with ourselves, ourimmediate communities,
our human family and our planet. Here’s to another year of this journey
of discovery and embodiment of love, as the most inevitable response to the realization that weare all one.
 
With love, gratitude and appreciation,The FeelGood World TeamKristin, Talis, Kern, Corin, Sarah, Rachel and Shelly
OUR TIES TO END HUNGER 
 
[Read the following aloud, but not the parts that look italicized like this.] 
First, everyone should take a ribbon from the envelope. Second, everyone will need a penor marker.
We all know we’re here to end hunger, one grilled cheese at a time. This
exercise is anopportunity to reconnect with our mission -
and to remember WHY we’re working toward
that vision. What would it look like if we lived aligned with a worldview that acknowledgesour interconnectedness?
 
 
So, close your eyes and imagine a
world free from hunger….
 What do you feel?What is possible now that no one is hungry?How do people relate to each other in this world?What brought about the end of hunger?
[Pause for a minute and let people explore these questions silently.] 
As you open your eyes, write a few words on your ribbon that represent what endinghunger means to you.
[Give people a minute to do so.] 
Now pair up with one other person here. Tie their ribbon around their wrist and allow themto do the same for you. As you are doing this, share what you wrote on your ribbon.
[Give people two minutes, then reconvene the group.] 
Would anyone like to share with the group what ending hunger means to you?
[Take 3-5 minutes for additional sharing, depending on your time and the size of your group.] 

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