Huntington, Ind.—Members of the 2007 Rotary Group Study Exchange Team traveling from Northern Indiana to Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, will spend four weeks from mid-October to mid-November studying the institutions, economy and culture of Australia, while observing how various professions are practiced abroad. The exchange will involve Northern Indiana district 6540 and Canberra district 9710.
The group will be led by Kay Schwob, director of the Enterprise Resource Center at Huntington University. Schwob joined the Huntington Rotary Club in February 1996. She served as president of the club in 2003-2004. In addition, Schwob has served on the board of directors as treasurer, international director and community service director. She has served on various Rotary committees. During the Rotary International Convention in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, she developed a Twin Club Relationship with the Rotary Club of Holroyd, New South Wales, Australia. Schwob serves on a variety of boards including Parkview Huntington Hospital Foundation, Huntington County United Economic Development, Huntington County Baseball, Junior Achievement and Huntington County 4Community Wellness.
Rotary districts select teams comprising four non-Rotarians and one Rotarian leader, engaged in different businesses and professions. The non-Rotarian team members are Kim Wagner, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, endorsed by the Fort Wayne Rotary Club; Carrie Pence, Janet’s Garden Center, endorsed by the Bluffton Rotary Club; Steve Barker, JFNew and Associates, endorsed by the Chesterton Rotary Club; and Jessica Jacko, Lake County Public Library, endorsed by the Merrillville Rotary Club.
Since its inception in 1965, the Group Study Exchange program has provided grants for countless teams of men and women in the early stages of their business and professional careers to travel abroad and share vocational information with the representatives of their respective professions in another country. More than 500 exchanges between paired Rotary districts occur each year, advancing the program’s ultimate goal of promoting international understanding and goodwill.
While visiting abroad, GSE team members follow a carefully planned itinerary, including visits to government and cultural institutions, schools, religious and historic sites and other points of interest. In addition, each member spends at least five days studying and observing the practice of his or her profession in the host district. Rotarians provide lodging in their homes, meals, and group travel, allowing the opportunity for participants to become acquainted with the customs and culture of the people in their host district.
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