www.mybaycity.com May 5, 2012
Rotary Article 6984

Group Study Exchange to Greece Presents Program

May 5, 2012
By: Stephen Kent



GSE Member Liberty Starkweather
Liberty Starkweather presented a slide show and talk about the Group Study Exchange (GSE) trip to Greece taken last Fall. The group of 5 young professionals, plus one Rotary advisor, spent a month in the Greek Islands visiting Rotary Clubs, businesses and cultural sites. The month long trip

The team spent their month mainly in the islands around the south part of the country. They visited two sites on the mainland. The team went on to visit many landmarks around the area as well as businesses and vocational stops.

The first stop was in Athens where the team met and visited with the Greek team that came here last year. Golf being a favorite sport in Greece, the team visited the one golf course in the area. When they told the Greeks how many golf courses there were in the Michigan district the Greeks were overwhelmed.

The team also visited Crete and the Rotary club of Heraklion Candia. They went on to the club in Syros as well as the Rotaract Club of Ermoupolic. There was a district gathering in Patmos and the club and Rotaract Club in Rhodes. The team visited Kos, Santorini and Patra.


GSE Team (clockwise from top left)
Liberty Starkweather, Steve Magstadt,
Tonya Tracy, Jeanna Zehnder,
TJ Scheid
While on Crete the team visited a school. Liberty said students will typically attend from 8:00 to 3:00 much as a US student would. After school, however, students may well be thrown into additional classes that run from 3 to 8 pm and address the student's specific interests.

The team traveled between islands on large ferries; boats much larger than what one might see around Mackinaw Island in Michigan. When leaving Crete the entire Family of Rotary came out to see the team off, including spouses, children and dogs.

The team reported having a wonderful trip and the opportunity to learn a great deal about another country.

More information is available at www.greecegse2011.blogspot.com/




CLUB NEWS and ANNOUNCEMENTS


The Thesaurus Project deliveries are running behind schedule and teachers are anxious to get the books. If you've signed up be sure to get your books and deliver them. Talk to Rich Milster or Chuck Cusick if you have questions.

Brenda Scramlin is heading the Camp Rotary committee. The club hopes to sponsor about a dozen students this year. If you have candidates, please see Brenda.

The District Conference will be held on May 4 and 5 in Frankenmuth. Members are encouraged to attend one or more sessions. The club will pick up half of the registration fee for any member who requests it. Visit the District website for more details.

The club continues to recruit new members. Talk to any of the club officers if you have prospects. Be sure to invite friends and prospects to hear the Lt. Governor on April 10th.

The International Night committee continues to meet and plan this year's event. Be sure to let Lee Newton or Kim Prime know how you can help with this year's event!


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DATES TO REMEMBER


The Annual Golf Outing will be held Monday, June 25. Visit RotaryBayCity.org or see Tim Holsworth for details.

International Night is scheduled for October 11, 2012.


Upcoming Programs

(See the official schedule at RotaryBayCity.org )

May 8, 2012: Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan will be presented by Jan Barker, who will tell us about the exciting things happening with the Girl Scouts as they celebrate their 100 year anniversary.

May 15, 2012: Kristal Corrion will present the proposed vision for the reuse of the former Hampton 5 movie Theater as a Community Empowerment Center .




Current and past DISTRICT DISPATCH newsletters are available on the District site shown in the LINKS section below.

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LINKS

RotaryBayCity.org BayCityMorningRotary.com
District 6310 Web Site District Dispatch Archive
Rotary International Make-up On-Line at RotaryEclubOne.org
The Rotary Global History Fellowship rotaryfirst100.org
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