Today was an incredibly busy day. I woke up for school and had to pack up a change of normal clothes. I went to the first two classes, and then at like 11:30 after the second break, I went to the bathroom, changed into my normal clothes, and walked over to the mall in the center. On the way I met up with Katie H. All the exchange students in Rancagua had been called to a special meeting with Clara, the head of Rotary in Santiago. The meeting was today in San Bernardo at 3, so we had decided to all get together in the mall for lunch before taking the bus up to San Bernardo. Katie H, Sally, Pierre, Katie W and I all ate together in the food court, and then took a micro over to Terminal O’Higgins to meet up with Nigel. We got on the bus to San Bernardo and then had a major discussion. We were all thinking that this meeting was about the family changes, and so we had to get our story straight on how we were going to convince Rotary that we were changing soon (even though the other 3 of them and Pierre weren’t actually planning on changing at all). We planned our story, and then we all wondered and worried for a while about why Clara had asked each of us to bring a report card from our schools that talked about our grades, behavior, and attendance. It had been very difficult for me to get that report because I hadn’t been on the roll sheet last year so they didn’t write down my attendance or record the grades that I received. I had ended up having to bring in the tests that I had taken and that I still had, and let them sort of invent grades for me based on those test grades and on the teachers’ view of my level of work in class. I ended up with a GPA of 6,8 out of 7, which is like absurdly good (better than almost everyone else in the class) and totally not believable but whatever. The rest of the bus ride we just talked and laughed in a mix of Spanish and English because Pierre was there and he doesn’t speak English. The bus dropped us off on the side of the freeway outside San Bernardo, and we walked into the town and Sally led us with nothing more than her good intuition and we made it to the Rotary building without even taking a wrong turn. We were early, so Nigel and Pierre went around the corner to smoke (I was really shocked that they were brave enough to do that right before going to an important meeting but ok) and then we went into the Rotary building to wait for Clara to arrive. She got there around 3:20, and we went into this big conference room for the meeting. First we talked about how Monchito owes us all our monthly money (he owes it to Katie W and me from September). Then we talked about how the Rotary Club in Rancagua has flat out told us that it doesn’t want anything to do with us and that the exchange program is very low on its list of priorities. Clara was very sympathetic and horrified that we weren’t being incorporated into the program and invited to meetings and special activities. She invited us to her Rotary club in San Bernardo, and we accepted happily because I really do want to get to know Rotarians and make life long connections with them and also are able to do a presentation and share my experience in Chile. Later, we talked about school and the problems that Katie W and Sally had about changing schools. We talked about the family changes and everyone swore up and down that they were going to happen next weekend. Then we thanked Clara very much for being one of the Rotarians that actually cared about us and was going to take care of us and actually get us involved with Rotary in our last month’s here.