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.
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
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 …
Membership and Extension By: Kara Johnson, Assistant District Governor, Marshfield Club This month’s article is focused on Membership and Extension. How does Rotary’s International Strategic Plan and District 6080’s annual goals fit into each individual club’s goals? A strong, solid and diverse membership helps us accomplish the goals set forth on both the International and District Level. All aspects of Rotary depend on our members. Part of the Strategic Plan is to Support and Strengthen Clubs by fostering club innovation and flexibility; promoting membership diversity; improving member recruitment and retention; developing leaders; starting new, dynamic clubs; and encouraging strategic planning at club and district levels. Our district has two specific goals which help promote and meet the Rotary International Strategic Plan. One of these goals is that every club will have at least 3 members attending the District Conference. Another is that each club will implement a Club Trainer and Rotary Training Program to educate members about Rotary and to increase leader participation at the district level. Developing solid members not only increases commitment and growth for each individual club, but also develops leaders to work with Rotary on a larger scale. With involvement in District and International, we learn the tools needed for all our clubs to thrive. One of Rotary International’s Best Practices for a Vibrant Club is keeping all members involved and informed. We learn through experience and fellowship with each other. So what can your club do to grow your membership and expand more clubs? Maybe your club will develop a …