Mele sang and danced hula in Alexandria, Egypt for the YMCA Board of Directors while on a YMCA Statesmanship Tour to the Middle East in 1978. The tour was led by Nicholas Gonsaroff, National YMCA liaison to the United Nations. Mele was the youngest member and one of four YMCA staff in the group. When it was Mele’s turn to be asistant for the day, Mele helped open the Sudan YMCA. We went to Morocco, Eqypt, Sudan, Iran, and Israel. This was Mele’s first trip overseas and the first time Mele felt so small as the world is so big. Mele was 23.