Four young professionals from the fields of higher education and banking have been selected to represent Rotary District 6080 as part of a Group Study Exchange (GSE) team that will visit Central America in April. The team will travel to the four countries of District 4240 (Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and El Salvador) from April 1 to 29, 2013.
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
Paul Reinert, past president of the Rotary Club of Springfield, has been selected to lead the Group Study Exchange team that will represent District 6080 next April in Central America. The five-member team will travel to the four countries of District 4240 (Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and El Salvador) from April 1 to 29, 2013.
The application deadline is looming for those interested in participating in the Group Study Exchange (GSE) trip to Central America in April 2013. The District 6080 team will be comprised of one team leader and four (non-Rotarian) professionals who will represent the District, Missouri and the country, while promoting the mutual benefits that such an exchange can provide. The GSE team will visit the four countries of District 4240 – Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and El Salvador – from April 1 to 29, 2013. The month-long exchange will give team members the opportunity to learn about Central American culture and experience the practice of their profession during vocational days in District 4240. GSE participants are often referred to the application process by active Rotarians who realize the life-long value that such an experience can provide. If you know of someone between the ages of 25 and 40 who would make a good candidate, please refer them to the GSE page on the District web site. Completed applications should be submitted to: Brad Bodenhausen District 6080 GSE Chair P.O. Box 1687 Springfield, MO 6580 The application deadline for Team Member candidates is October 12. For more information, please contact Brad Bodenhausen at 417-862-5567 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Rotary District 6080 is currently seeking applications for team leader and team members for the 2013 Group Study Exchange with District 4240 in Central America. The District 6080 team will consist of one Rotarian team leader and four non-Rotarian young professionals between the ages of 25 and 40. The team will visit the four countries of District 4240 – Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and El Salvador – from April 1 to 29, 2013. The month-long exchange will give team members the opportunity to learn about Central American culture and experience the practice of their profession during vocational days in District 4240. Interested applicants should visit rotary6080.org to learn more about this opportunity and to download a GSE application for Team Leader (Rotarian), Team Member, and GSE reference materials. Completed applications should be submitted to: Brad Bodenhausen District 6080 GSE Chair P.O. Box 1687 Springfield, MO 65801 The application deadline for Team Leader candidates is August 17. The application deadline for Team Member candidates will be September 28. For more information, please contact Brad Bodenhausen at 417-862-5567 or email@example.com.
Italian GSE Team Arrives The Team arrived Tuesday in St. Louis at 11 PM, two hours later than scheduled and short one piece of luggage. They stayed overnight in the Moonrise Hotel. They had a quick driving tour of St. Louis and went up the Arch and rode the Metro across the Mississippi River to Illinois. We met the Springfield Rotarian host families at St. James Winery for wine tasting and a quick tour. Luggage was transferred then went to dinner at Gordoz in Rolla. The Team members were showered with gifts then headed to Springfield for there first Rotary meeting Monday at 7 AM. [gall columns=”4″ per_page=”50″ id=””]
Rotarian Jacqueline Howard had a Skype conference call with the team on the morning of 9/8/11 and had a great experience! The team is very professional and friendly and they will be great ambassadors from their district. While their English was broken, Jacqueline could understand them and they understood her with the help of each other with translation. They were dressed in their GSE team uniforms and will be sending a picture so it can posted on the district website. Here is a little bit about the team. Team Leader: Rotarian Sergio Sernia 58, married with two children, son 29yo attorney and daughter 25yo psychologist. He and his wife just celebrated 31 years of marriage. He is a manager of a telephone company and is interested in the fellowhip of Rotary, learning about our district and sharing service projects. He likes all kinds of sports and if possible it would be great to take the team to a Mizzou game! Team Member: Giuseppe Lombardi M, single, 29, Allergic to Cats, no food allergies. Vocation: Food technology, organic agriculture, producer of olive oil. Team Member: Alberto Argentiero M, single, 26, Vocation: Biotechnology, he is attending a University and studying towards a medical profession. He would like to meet professors in the medical and neurology fields and tour a University Medical Center. Team Member: Felice Leone (also known as “happy lion”) M, single, 33, Vocation: An agronomist and producer of olive oil. His vocational interest is in the area of agriculutral related research. Team Member: Chiara Valente F, single, 27, Vocation: Winemaker. She would like …
New Generations Ken Hussey, AG for Jefferson City Generation Y. Millennials. Echo Boomers. Generation Next. New Generations. Lots of words to describe the same group of people. What we are really talking about is the future of Rotary. Now, our challenge as Rotarians is to develop ways to engage new generations and recruit them to become Rotarians in the future. This may seem like a daunting task, but we already have the resources and opportunities that are needed to be successful in our efforts. First, there are fairly simple ways to engage the youth in our communities. Is your club sponsoring a student for the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)? If not, consider doing so this year. It provides your club an opportunity to connect with local youth, and once they have attended, they can present to your club on their experiences. Does your club participate in a Youth Exchange? This is another great opportunity to provide another local youth with a life-changing experience as an exchange student. Consider supporting a local non-profit in your community that works with youth. But do not just write a check to the non-profit. Find a way for your members to engage in hands-on service with these youth, to truly experience the impact you are making in their lives. Second, build a relationship with the Rotaract Club in your area. Or consider starting one if your community does not have a club. Rotaract is a great opportunity for new generations to begin a connection to Rotary, network with their …