ROTARY DISTRICT 7600 GSE TRIP TO DISTRICT 2440 вЂњTURKEYвЂњ May 1-29, 2002 Team Leader: Marty Weber вЂ“ Oyster Point Rotary Team Members: Christine Peterson - Poquoson Jane Tuohey - Richmond Adisa Muse - Petersburg Jason Fiske - Richmond Leaving my Oyster Point Rotary and the Turkish team behind WhereвЂ™s Marty Turkey map updated every Friday at Rotary by moving my little head around Istanbul, Turkey Arrival in Istanbul, Turkey Meeting our host, Yasim Yanik, District 2440 GSE Chairperson Checking in at our Hotel At Istanbul Airport First dinner in Istanbul Istanbul, Turkey May 1-4 from the hotel rooftop a Turkish breakfast The Blue Mosque seen from the rooftop bar of our hotel Typical Turkish breakfast The Blue Mosque Your GSE team inside the Blue Mosque Hagia Sophia built about 534 AD Topkapi Palace, home of the Sultans Turkish tourist police located at every tourist site The Grand Bazaar, only 4800 shops under one roof. Must have walkie talkies and GPS for effective navigation. Night life, Istanbul style Marty isвЂ¦ Istanbul to Bandirma, Turkey Bandirma, Turkey May 4-6 BANVIT Chicken Processing Plant Marty playing Backgammon with Turkey District Governor Ali Bor along side host family, DR. IIker & Esen Pozan Marty won, creating our first Rotary International incident! Bandirma Rotary Jane Tuohey presenting Nothing like a 5 mile hike to a small Turkish village after a major party night! And what awaits me!!! Team member Jane gets dental work from Rotarian Dr. IIker Pozam Bandirma to Bursa, Turkey Bursa, Turkey May 6-10 Inal Ertekin School Mehmet Inal, School Business Manager & President of Uludag Rotary Club Tombs of several Sultans and families circa 1200 вЂ“ 1500 AD Presenting at Nilufer, Yesil, & Uludag Rotary Clubs Rotary in action - the school that pretzels built Turkish Lawyers and the Court Room MartyвЂ¦ almost created ANOTHER international incident And We Made The News! Bursa to Menemen, Turkey Menemen, Turkey May 10-12 Menemen Rotary Club members with our GSE team Jane presenting at Menemen Rotary Club Ancient City of Pergamon Pergamon & Esclapian First Medical Symbol Turkish Carpets Menemen to Izmir, Turkey Izmir, Turkey May 13-16 Jason Fiske presenting Balcova Rotary Club School visit to Ozel Inal Ertekin Hamliter Campus Izmir to Cesme, Turkey and Rotary District 2440 Conference Turkey Rotary District 2440 Conference at Cesme May 16-19 Cesme to Denizli, Turkey Denizli, Turkey May 19-21 Deliklicinar and Pamukkale Rotary Clubs Christine & Jason presenting Glass, Textile and Cardboard Factory visits Ancient City of Pamukkale Amphitheater at Pamukkale Me getting ready to sing Denizli to Marmaris, Turkey Marmaris, Turkey May 21-24 Marmaris Rotary Club Jane with Interact members Christine presenting Fun at Marmaris Marmaris to Bodrum, Turkey Bodrum, Turkey May 24-27 My favorite city !!! Turgutreis Rehabilitation Center for Disabled Children A Project of the Bodrum Karia Rotary Club Bodrum Karia Rotary Club They gave us flowers after our presentations We took the flowers to the hospital Bodrum Castle and ancient city of Halikarnassos Bodrum Castle Temple at Halikarnassos Roman Mosaic Temple at Halikarnassos One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World Farewell to Bodrum Bodrum to Izmir, Turkey Last stop Izmir, Turkey May 27-29 Christine & Jason Presenting at Konak & Guzelyali Rotary Clubs And Ephesus!!! The Roman Library at Ephesus Only one crappy experience!!! Public toilets at Ephesus Roman public toilets Jason reading the paper andвЂ¦ The 23000 seat Amphitheater at Ephesus Farewell to Ephesus and Turkey Farewell party with both GSE teams We presented at 16 Rotary Clubs and their District Conference вЂў Many people I talked to upon my return from Turkey said things like: Weren't you afraid? Terrorism? Wow, you came home with two hands and two feet!, What about those Turkish Prisons?, Did you get sick? Midnight Express (The Movie) вЂў The Reality: вЂў I was not afraid вЂў There is terrorism everywhere and Turkey ranks very low on the вЂњHit ListвЂќ. вЂў I did come home with both hands and both feet. These punishments do not and never did happen in Turkey. вЂў I did not get sick once, except for the occasional hangover! вЂў The movie, вЂњMidnight ExpressвЂќ was a dramatization about the incarceration of Billy Hayes who was caught at Istanbul Airport trying to smuggle several kilos of hash back home to America. The story is not completely accurate and there were NO Turkish actors who played any role in the movie !!! вЂў TURKISH PEOPLE HATE HOW THIS MOVIE WRONGLY CHARICTERIZES THEIR PEOPLE. What we took away from Turkey вЂў Turkey is a strong ally of ours. The Turkish people love, admire and respect us. They want us to strengthen there relationship with us. вЂў Turkish people are very hospitable, warm and friendly. вЂў Turkey is an excellent destination for tourism. Known as the вЂњCradle of CivilizationвЂќ Turkey has over 8000 years of recorded history. вЂў Turkey has a diverse flavor of cities and terrain throughout the country. From the seas to the mountains. вЂў The food is great and healthy! вЂў They have a strong education system and strong family values. вЂў Turkey wants more business opportunities and partnerships with AmericaвЂ™s businesses. вЂў Turkish parents do not want their children watching violent and sexual movies, wherever they are made. вЂў They are willing to support us in our war on terrorism as they have supported us in the Korean War, Cold War and the Gulf War. However they want our economic support along the way and afterwards. There support of us during the Gulf War caused major economic problems in Eastern Turkey which in part lead to economic problems throughout the country. They feel we did not support them after we won the war. вЂў Support Rotary International Group Study Exchange вЂў Support, visit and do business with one of our closest alleys - Turkey!!!