I left the house this morning at 0420 for the ride to the airport. My flight to Minneapolis boarded at 0545. The flight was only two and a half hours long. And I have to admit I dozed for most of it.
After a brief layover in Minneapolis I boarded the flight to San Jose. This flight had some heavy headwinds. That meant it took us three hours and fifty-seven minutes from takeoff to touchdown. At least I did get some work done while airborne.
What was nice when I arrived in San Jose was that Karen Noe, the Stop Hunger Now Community Development Director, called me even before I had deplaned. She was waiting in baggage claim. It’s always a treat when there is someone to meet you when you arrive in a unfamiliar city after a long flight.
We drove to the nearby Doubletree by Hilton for lunch and a meeting with one of their human resources staff who had helped organize last year’s 10,000 meal packaging event. Not only did all the local Doubletrees and Hiltons participate, the staff did all the fundraising for the event, as well.
The event was so successful and so much fun they are going to do it again this fall. Only this year they are going to triple their meal packaging goal to 30,000 meals.
What is impressive is not only the proactive stance taken on corporate social responsibility by the San Jose Doubletree by Hilton. The leadership displayed by their staff in organizing such an event demonstrates true leadership in the fight to end hunger. It was a great way to start the week of meetings and events here in California.