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Training kick off!

Today the rest of the team finally arrived in Charlotte. Over the course of the day the new guys trickled in, and it was exciting each time a new man made it in. 

I caught a picture of the skyline on the way to HQ

I caught a picture of the skyline on the way to HQ

Today was also the first day that I had to prep a meal for the whole team. Talk about a lot more food! This was my first effort. 

 

17 guys really wear down your supplies fast. 

17 guys really wear down your supplies fast. 

The rest of the day was spent training until we headed to our new lodging at warehouse 242 church. 

 

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Until tomorrow, 

-Ryker  

Charlotte, NC - Training Day 3

Today was our busiest crew day fos sure. After a morning of training we went to the hertz rent a car facility to pick up our team vans. But instead of a smooth pick up process, it ended up taking forever to get the vehicles and I had to drive one of the vans a half hour away just to pick up the right paperwork for it.  

The less than organized car rental trip

The less than organized car rental trip

After getting back to Charlotte, the crew spent the rest of the day running all over the place to get things ready for the team arrival tomorrow. I was so busy that I didn't have time to take any pictures either.  

 

But we are all super excited to meet the rest of the team tomorrow. everything is set up and ready to go finally for tomorrow. Until then,

- Ryker Belnap

Charlotte, NC - training day 2

Today was our first early morning wake up and I was in charge of waking everyone up. These earlier wake up times will be the norm again pretty soon, but the getting up before everyone and setting up breakfast as the crew chief is gonna take some getting used to.

 

once we made it to the office, we got to learn more about the safety policies and procedures and then got to sit in on the full office staff meeting which was incredibly cool. Seeing how much goes into the day to day activities of Pi Kappa Phi and The Ability Experience. 

 

After er lunch we took the van to the storage shed and picked up all of the tools for the trip. It was pretty daunting sitting in a shed loaded with so many thousands of dollars worth of tools and deciding what we needed, but in the end we finally had a van full of equipment to take back to the house. We then got to spend the next few hours making the inventory list and labeling tools, and the humid 105 degree weather certainly didn't help. 

 

 

Our finished 2016 tool inventory

Our finished 2016 tool inventory

After a long day of work and some shopping for additional supplies, a few of us had the opportunity to be a part of a candlelight vigil for the recent tragedy in Orlando. 

 

A picture from the beginning of the event

A picture from the beginning of the event

There were over a thousand people in attendance and the atmosphere was incredible. Over the course of the evening the speakers were passionate and the stories were very heartfelt. What really stuck out to me though was just the pure attitude of love. The tone was one of sadness and reverence, but it was never one of anger. the whole time it was only ever a message of love and acceptance. The amount of support and kindness from people I had never met was truly inspiring. The trip hasn't even started yet but I already know this will be a memory I will remember long after this summer.

 

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Tomorrow we stay busy getting everything ready for the team to arrive on Wednesday. We also have a couple guys arriving early so that should keep things nice and interesting. 

 

Until next time,  

-Ryker

 

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Charlotte, NC - Training Day 1

Back to the old grind! Today was my first full day in Charlottte with the Build America 2016 crew.  

 

I arrived at the airport in Charlotte at about midnight after an extra long series of flights from Salt Lake. From there I was picked up by our Project Manager Derek Torres and taken to our lodging at the Pi Kapp townhouses where the Leadership Consultants and summer interns live. 

 

The house in the daylight

The house in the daylight

After a luxuriously long night of sleep we got to head to Pi Kapp National headquarters to officially begin our training. 

 

The national office

The national office

Not only did we begin our training on policies and procedures, but we got an awesome tour of the facility as well. The amount of Pi Kapp history and memorabilia was incredible. 

 

The "fishbowl" where we have most of our trainings

The "fishbowl" where we have most of our trainings

The list of donors that funded the construction of our National Headquarters

The list of donors that funded the construction of our National Headquarters

The Pi Kapp flag that went into space in 1997 on the Columbia Space Shuttle

The Pi Kapp flag that went into space in 1997 on the Columbia Space Shuttle

The first ever Pi Kapp national HQ was just a cabin at the end of a gravel road in the mountains

The first ever Pi Kapp national HQ was just a cabin at the end of a gravel road in the mountains

The original minutes of the first meetings of the group that would become Pi Kappa Phi

The original minutes of the first meetings of the group that would become Pi Kappa Phi

The back wall in the Ability Experience main room

The back wall in the Ability Experience main room

So much more cool history! 

So much more cool history! 

I have way more pictures on my phone than I could possibly share here, but needless to say the amount of history is astonishing. 

 

after hours of training and leadership exercises we finally got to head back home for some much needed rest. The four men that I have the pleasure to serve with as crew members are incredible and I can see that we all truly care about the work we are doing here.  

 

Only two more days until the rest of the team arrives and the real busy training begins. That is when things really start to pick up. Til then I'll try to keep you updated and post as many fun pictures as I can. 

 

I'm still actively fundraising to reach my goal for the summer so feel free to check out my page and make a donation at  Rykerbelnapbuild.us

 

thanks, 

 

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- Ryker

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