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Hello from the Organizer

From: Hedy N.
Sent on: Monday, August 14, 2017 4:06 PM

Hello Everyone,

I joined this group back in March when it was North Scottsdale/Phoenix International Meetup group established by the last organizer whom I have never known or met. In July 7th, I was notified this group will be shut down and that is when I decided to step up and take over to keep this group live and running as I was very impressed with the concept of International Professionals. It almost reminded me of InterNations Group (for those who are familiar with them) minus the membership fees they charge and I thought of this as a great idea. However, I decided to change the name of the group to AZ International Professionals to meet and connect not just with like minded people in North Scottsdale and Phoenix area, but with anyone in state of Arizona for the purpose of networking and connection. The aim and goal of this group is remains the same regardless of geographic location.

A little about me, I am Persian, came to this country when I was 10 years old. Lived in East Coast, New Mexico and Arizona. I love to travel and prior to 2012, I was able to visit many countries in Europe. I had to slow down in traveling due to work and personal conflict and I am hoping to get back on that road again. I am a part time Faculty in school of Engineering and also have a full time job as an Auditor in a private college who are based in East Coast. I have lots of hobbies which I hope to share with you all when I meet you in person. I love art and music, I also like adventures activities like flying airplanes. Yes, I really operated a small airplane and it was fun.

I started to schedule meet and greet sessions for us to have coffee/spirits and chat, to share our ideas and experiences. I am planning for us to meet at least once a month and hopefully more in different events. Some of you have already contacted me with your ideas of events, I thank you. I encourage everyone to do so.

A few changes I made to this group from the original version, aside the name was the way our members were questioned. I deleted and added a few questions that I felt more comfortable to be asked in order to get to know our members better. The current questionnaire is as follow:

1. What is your ethnic origin?

Everyone is welcomed in this group. The aim of this question is to get to know each other better. And yes, everyone has an ethnic background and origin.

2. What language(s) do you speak?

This is just a fun question to ask people. Sometimes we meet certain people that we never expect they speak a certain language, but they do and it shocks us. We like to know what language or languages you all speak.

3. What is your profession?

Let me be clear that everyone regardless of their education and profession is welcomed to this group. This question may help certain members network with one another better.

4. What is your favorite country to visit and why?

Who knows? we maybe able to arrange trips as a group to some foreign country. I like to know where and what attracts you in this world. So far I am getting a lot of answers that revolves around food. (Foodies!)

The original members are more than welcome to re-visit this questionnaire they filled out before these changes, it is not mandatory, however it would be nice to be consistent. The settings in this group is private. Meaning the details and members are not visible to anyone who is a not a member of this group. A word of mouth will help this group to grow.

Looking forward to meet you all soon,


Hedy Naraghi

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