RIYADH CHAPTER COUNCIL
Stephanie Schmidt ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
Fayyaz Mali ~ email@example.com
Member at Large:
KSAALT – Riyadh Chapter Open House Meeting
There’s an old proverb which states, “From small beginnings come great things.”
The Riyadh Chapter of KSAALT TESOL had a modest but important start to the year
with its Open House meeting. The event was held on Saturday, October 24th, 2015,
from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm on the campus of Alfaisal University.
This free event marked the first activity of the academic year for the Riyadh Chapter.
The attendees enjoyed the chance to meet and greet over refreshments while
managing membership renewals or joining for the first time.
Riyadh Chapter Representative John Jordan opened the meeting with a welcome to
the 15 or so guests, and he shared the vision for KSAALT in Saudi Arabia and in
Riyadh for this year. Mark Murray, Executive Treasurer for KSAALT, was also on
hand. Mark explained KSAALT’s mission and mentioned the many volunteer
The majority of the meeting was spent in round-table discussions. Participants took
turns sharing about their programs—both exciting things going on and challenges
they’re facing. The attendees also offered suggestions for topics, speakers, and
events for the Riyadh Chapter for the rest of the year. The groups then shared the
highlights of their dialogues with the entire group.
The general consensus at the end of the meeting: the participants and organizers felt
that the Open House was a constructive and cordial start to the year for the KSAALT
Riyadh Chapter. A debt of gratitude is owed to the friendly volunteers from Alfaisal
University who helped make the event go smoothly.