S: Gary Wolnitzek, GCemma 2008 - 2010
1: “Never underestimate the power of a few committed people to change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Mead
2: For Gary. Thank you for Connecting the
3: GC Emmas around the world
4: Retreating in Richmond
5: Microbicidia is the place to get away for a bright and happy holiday That's the island greeting that we send to you from the land where palm trees sway Here we know that women will be protected from HIV The sun to shine by day and all the stars at night Microbicidia is the place to get way and where we hope to see you
6: Hi Gary, Time passes and our lives change. Every ending to an event in our life is the beginning of a new adventure. As you head to Towson, I hope that you will always carry with you, The commitment that you showed while at GCM. I will always remember you As a person who encouraged me, Saying “Pauline you are a superstar” Each one of us needs that occasionally, To be able to forge forth. Thanks for making arrangement for me when I came to DC, Also for ensuring that I never missed a call due to bad connection And for getting me on to webinars without a hitch!
7: Thanks for making arrangements for me when I came to DC, Also for ensuring that I never missed a call due to bad connection And for getting me on to webinars without a hitch! I appreciate the time you took to come and see my Imani, The photos were just beautiful, I hope that you enjoyed the time you spent in Nairobi For now I will say goodbye and Godspeed, But in the public health world, Our paths always cross, So I am sure I will run into you some place Or work with you some place else. Remember, when I come to the US, You promised we shall go for a ship cruise, Hahaha..i hope you had not forgotten, I penciled it in my journal. Always, Pauline
8: Dear Mr. Wolnitzek, Well, you certainly contributed in a BIG way to the idiosyncratic group personality that became the Emmas. Your eccentric logic, your subtle snarkiness (which dovetails so perfectly with Katie's), your unflappable control over situations in danger of becoming chaotic -- I treasured it all. No one else, as far as I recall, has ever been able to tell me that I am out of control and send me back to my office in a way that was both effective and amusing (and many have tried!) You not only DID "keep GCMma running cool" for a really long time but you did it with taste, humor, style and (although you will seldom allow me to say so without contradiction) brains and dedication. I really loved working with you, Mr Wolnitzek. I envy your future students and colleagues. They are in for a treat. Bea says you are a STAR and, as we all know, Bea is never wrong. A toi tout bien (to you all good). love, anna
11: It's been great fun knowing and working with you thus far! Great things await you and I hope you will keep me updated as your adventures unfold. And even though you may not be in the same meetings, hope you will make time for some G&Ts the next time we're in the same city... With big hugs and lots of luck, Manju | Gary! Thanks for your sublime wonderfulness! Go forth and be brilliant! Xoxo, Deborah
12: I was privileged enough to share a wall with Gary for most of my time here at PATH. We muttered words, exclaimed sounds, and dreamed of making a circus tent covering our row of cubes and having bean bag chairs everywhere. I turned to Gary a lot in the beginning in panic to figure out how things worked. He came through for me every time. PATH just won’t be the same without his funny, mostly snarky comments and great personality. I will miss him a lot, but I wish him all the best in his new endeavor. Melissa Lam aka LamChop as Gary calls me. | Best of luck in your new adventures, Gary! From, Jui "my cat wears a bowtie" Shah
13: Not really sure what we are going to do when you are gone! Ladies who Lunch and the PA Revolution are both going to fall apart without you here. I wish you the best in your new adventures and hope to stay in touch. I hope to continue our rambling afternoon conversations, reviews of YouTube videos, and snarky comments via skype. It has been a pleasure working with you! Best, Brianne For always putting a smile on our faces and a laugh in our life, wishing you the best in school and wherever else life takes you! Thanks for being a great Papa Bear! Best wishes, Molly"
14: Gizzy, Congrats on Towson and all the adventures it will bring. Heart, Kate
15: Dear Gary, It has been a huge pleasure to work with you and considering we have never met in person we've been a great team! Thanks for all your fantastic support especially over the past year. You have been a super star. Good luck with your studies and your ongoing career! Love Rebekah | Dear Gary, You know what they sayonce a GC Emma, always a GC Emma! And I know! It was a great pleasure to have worked with you at GCM and I admire your dedication, your hard work and your ability to stay cool and move things along very smoothly! I loved it when you came to see me in Amsterdam, definitely we should stay in touch and repeat random meet ups like that! I wish you all the best during your Master’s in Health Education, I am sure you will do great and I hope to see you around and work together in the future! Big Hugs, Arwa
16: Gary, I’ve been saying I already miss you ever since I heard your news. I’m super glad you’ll be moving on to bigger and better things. But, heck, what could be smaller? I know I’m supposed to be genuinely happy for you and applauding your bravery in taking this next exciting step toward a fabulously bright future. But really. I’m selfish. And you’ve been my salvation throughout my 5 months here. So sure you go out and kick academic ass and climb those career rungs. And leave me here to face well, you know. I wish you nothing but success and happiness. The sky’s the limit, baby! Biggest hugs and kisses. Your compatriot and source of terrific references for years to come, Melissa
17: He tumbles out of bed And stumbles to stats class Tryin’ his best to get the grades to pass Wondering what the hell the teacher said He really forgot What school does to ya Compares it to work And sings halleluiah GCM was such a pain in the ass Grad school bound He’s not making a living But his sanity’s found Finally taking and not giving He’ll improve his mind And he’s finally getting credit So he’s now less crazy But his savings are in debit | Thinking about his days as an Emma Suffering through a 12-month dilemma Tamping down his thoughts of homicide Done with kissin’ up to Yasmin Now his focus is the health school dean Good things ahead, Gary’s turning the tide Not working 9 to 5 Not really makin’ a living Barely getting by Your life savings u r giving You can use your mind People recognize you for it Without taking just a Vast amount of bullshit | Gary's "nine to five" empowerment song.
19: Dear Gary, I remember the day when Bindiya and Anna came into my office to make a pitch for hiring "this absolutely great guy who used to help organize the Maryland campaign site." I've never been so glad that I've followed someone's advice. Having you on staff amplified our effectiveness in so many ways. Your steadfastness, sense of humor and ability to help "manage me" in a kind and gentle way, were all greatly appreciated. But more than that, it was great to have your insight and creativity in designing the in person training for the E-course. I only wish we could have used your professional talents more regularly. Seeing you leave is like the end of an era for GCM, but I know it will be the beginning of really good things for you. I hope that our paths continue to cross and would someday be honored to work for you someday! Take care, Lori
20: For Gary, I will miss your laughter, your sarcastic looks, your attitude, your passion, and most of all the way you care about your teammates. You and i made quite a Process and Relationships team. And i look forward to the day when we will get to work together in some way again! Enjoy the time at Towson. Let yourself explore and take new chances. And remember, once a microbicides lady, always a microbicides lady! Love, Bindiya
21: Down, down, do your dance, do your dance (yeah yeah yeah yeah) Down, down, do your dance, do your dance (a let me see ya do the cupid) | To the right, to the right, to the right, to the right To the left, to the left, to the left, to the left Now kick, now kick, now kick, now kick Now walk it by yourself, now walk it by yourself (let me see you do) | To the right, to the right, to the right, to the right To the left, to the left, to the left, to the left Now kick, now kick, now kick, now kick Now walk it by yourself, now walk it by yourself (let me see you do)
22: It is an amazing experience when... | ...you can call a colleague a true friend.
23: Train Whistle! | Dear Gary, I can't begin to express what it's meant to me to have you as a colleague and office mate. Thank you for endless amounts of support, camaraderie, and well-timed comic relief. From the slums of Kenya to the Pittsburgh Westin you should feel immensely proud of the contribution you've made to women's health, HIV prevention, and the lives of everyone you've worked with. You'll be sorely missed my friend. But let's not be strangers... Here's to the next phase...and to moving on, and forward. Katie
24: Gary Wolnitzek's Empowerment Song (2010) (To be sung to the theme of M*A*S*H) He came to us from Baltimore By Emmas all he’s been adored He brought a subtle, comic flair To coping with our worst nightmares He’s Gary Wolnitzek He likes his ice cream mint chip And he has taught us all a thing or two. Curricula of his design Keep concepts straight and facts aligned Once a lesson is inscribed He celebrates with jigajive
25: He’s Gary Wolnitzek He likes his ice cream mint chip And he has taught us all a thing or two He’s back to school to further build His novel pedagogic skills He’s smart and elegantly queer That mastermind of PAR*! He’s Gary Wolnitzek He likes his ice cream mint chip And he has taught us all a thing or two * Programa Assistants' Revolución