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Group Study Exchange

LogoThe Group Study Exchange (GSE) program of The Rotary Foundation is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for young business and professional men and women between the ages of 25 and 40 and in the early years of their professional lives. The non-Rotarian members are accompanied on the exchange by a Rotarian team leader. The program provides travel grants for teams to exchange visits between paired areas in different countries. For four weeks, team members experience the host country's institutions and ways of life, observe their own vocations as practiced abroad, develop personal and professional relationships, and exchange ideas.
For each team member, The Rotary Foundation provides the most economical round-trip air ticket between the home and host countries. Local Rotarians in the host area provide for meals, lodging, and group travel within their district.



By Jim Spears 2008–2009 GSE Chairman

2123 Warwick Place Fort Smith, AR



 District Group Study Exchange Chairman for District 6110, Jim Spears, announced on Saturday August 9, 2008 the selection of the GSE team and leader for the upcoming trip to Japan.  The team leader is Ken Bateman a former District Governor from Pittsburg, KS.  The team consists of Scott Van Asche and Peter Cooper from Fayetteville, Nick Allen from Parsons, KS, and Erik Griffith of Chanute, KS.  Cooper is a mental health paraprofessional, Griffith teaches English at Allen Community College, Allen is a grant writer at Labette Junior College and Van Asche works for the World Trade Center in Rogers, AR. 

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          Group Study Exchange is an outstanding program of international and cultural exchange sponsored by the Rotary Foundation.  Groups from paired Rotary Districts around the world visit for a month in the homes of the host Rotary District and share in cultural and professional life in that country.  Friendships are made and understanding expanded between the individuals involved and the nations represented.  Persons who have been fortunate to have participated in one of these exchanges will tell you that it was one of the most gratifying experiences of their lives. 

The team from Japan will arrive on September 18 and depart on October 17.  They will visit the Fayetteville, Springdale, Joplin, Iola, Tulsa Southeast, Wagoner and Fort Smith clubs during their stay.  Each host club has a very interesting and entertaining experience planned for them.  The stay in Joplin will be for the District Conference where they will meet the team selected to visit in their home district.  The team from District 6110 will depart on October 31 and return on November 30.  Our team has much preparation to do for such an awesome trip between now and their departure.

If there are questions, my phone is 479-784-1560.

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