Vietnam here I come!

Today is the start of my Vietnam journey.   I depart SFO for Hanoi Vietnam this evening for my PULSE assignment with CHAI (Clinton Health Access Initiative).   I have been busy preparing for my trip and spending some family time.   The past 2 weeks have been a real roller coaster…high school graduation, final dance recital, hosting family and old friends, trip to Yosemite,  Monterey etc.    As I prepare for my departure I am filled with excitement and anticipation on what is ahead of me and how I can contribute to the cause in some small way.    I know this journey will be a learning experience and bring about many first for me and my family.

As I prepare I have your standard check list…..Passport, VISA, Airline tickets, Medications for 6 months, What to pack, What to purchase in Vietnam, Finalize things at home, Where will I live,  Set up new personal email address etc.    One computer bag and one large suitcase later I think I am set…

Then I had the help of a special gift from Julie Wade who surprised me with a gift basket with more essentials….First Aid Kit, Advil, my favorite candy, Probiotics, Airborne, Almonds, 2 bottles of Napa Valley Wine for my wife Cheryl and I to enjoy before my departure!

So, let the journey begin….I want to thank all of you for your support, this has been a long term dream of mine and I could not do it with out you.     I want to thank my family (Cheryl, Kevin, Brian, Jamie and Maddie) for supporting my dream.  I also want to thank Julie Wade, Caroline DeMarco and all of the PULSE alumni for their support and inspiration alone the way.       Stay tuned I will keep you updated on my assignment in the weeks and months to come…..Best Regards,   Bob   Julie basket




  1. Bob,
    Sounds like a wonderful opportunity to make a difference! So excited to see your journey!

    1. Thinking of you, Bob, and wishing you a very successful and safe journey! I’m looking forward to reading about your adventures!

  2. God bless your adventure, Bob. May you be a blessing to those in Vietnam, may your journey be filled with amazing experiences and growth and ultimately safe passage home by the end of the year.
    Jeff Januska

  3. Bob, I am so excited for your journey and can’t wait to read more of your journeys along the way!

  4. I’m so excited for you, Bob! What a great opportunity for you!! I am certain you will have such a positive impact on CHAI. Do us proud! And I’m not gonna lie…those caramel creams look so good!! 🙂 I look forward to following you on your journey!!

  5. Safe journey, Bob! Glad to know you have a “village” of supporters and well-wishers as you take this exciting first step into your adventures!

  6. Sounds very exciting Bob. Good luck on the trip and making the world a better place…..take care my friend.

  7. Hey Bob,
    Kathy sent me your link to check out. I hope you don’t mind. Enjoy every minute of this trip if a lifetime!!


  8. We wish you a safe journey and many wonder-filled experiences. Dan loves those caramel creams, too! Love to you, Cheryl, and the kids as all of you walk a new path. We are sure there will be many stories to tell and lessons learned.

    1. Thanks Kourtney…….I have actually been watched many of the A’s games on the MLB App if not live they have the recorded.

      Loving Hanoi….exciting place.

      Bob McGarry
      Account Director
      Regional Accts- Pacific US
      Office: 925-462-1970
      Cell: 925-519-2577

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