Late Sunday afternoon, October 7, the Panama GSE Team arrived in St. Robert, home of the Pulaski County Rotary Club. That evening they had a relaxing dinner at Colton’s Steak House. Monday, District GSE Chairperson Brad Bodenhausen took the Team on a sight-seeing tour of St. Louis. They went up the Arch and watched part of the Cardinals baseball game from on top of the Stadium Garage. Tuesday the GSE Team had lunch with the Pulaski County Rotary Club and presented their program. The rest of the day they rested and relaxed. Wednesday the Panama Team was transported to West Plains where they will continue their tour of Missouri. The Team was greeted by Assistant Governor Scott Schneider. We are looking forward to seeing them again Friday, October 19, when the Panama GSE Team will present their program during the luncheon at the District 6080 Conference in Branson. [gall columns=”3″ per_page=”12″ id=””] Dick Mazanec Pulaski County Rotary Club
The Trustees of the Rotary Foundation have announced Group Study Exchange (GSE) pairings for the 2012-13 Rotary year. District 6080 will be matched with District 4240, which is a unique district that comprises the four Central American countries of Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and El Salvador. District Governor-Elect Mark Pearce initiated this GSE connection in hopes of strengthening Rotary ties with our neighbors in Central America. The tradition of District 4240 is to feature the country of the current District Governor as the host and sending district of the reciprocal exchange. Next year’s District Governor will be Rodrigo Teran of Panama. Although the final dates are still to be confirmed, District 6080 expects to host a visiting team from Panama during the fall of 2012 to coincide with the October 18 – 20, 2012 District Conference in Branson. District 6080 will send a team to Panama in the spring of 2013. District 6080 is currently organizing a committee to work in support of both the inbound and outbound exchanges with Panama. If you are interested in serving on the District GSE Committee in 2012-13, please contact incoming committee chairman Brad Bodenhausen at 417-862-5567 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am proud to announce that Brad Bodenhausen from the Springfield S. E. Rotary Club has agreed to serve as Chair of the Group Study Exchange Committee (GSE) for District 6080 beginning July 1, 2012. Brad has had experience in international travel and a degree of Spanish proficiency which should help him with our district’s anticipated exchange with Central America Rotary District 4240. Brad has also previously served on the GSE committee for the district. Vocationally, Bodenhausen serves as Executive Vice President of Public Affairs for the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce. While Brad’s term doesn’t officially begin until July, he will begin correspondence and discussions with representatives from our 2012-13 partner-district once Rotary International officially announces those pairings. That announcement is expected soon. I am glad we have such great talent and commitment within our district and I look forward to working with Brad and his committee. I believe we will have the team in place that will take advantage of the burgeoning opportunities that will soon be available under New Visions guidelines. Mark Pearce Governor 2012-13 Rotary District 6080