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2008 Group Study Exchange Rotary District 5470, Colorado USA to Rotary District 1160, Ireland. Thank You…. 5470 District Governor Walid Bou-Matar 1160 District Governor Paul Hutchinson Rotary Club of Colorado Springs!. THANK YOU TO OUR GRACIOUS HOSTS IN IRELAND. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
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  • 2008 Group Study Exchange

    Rotary District 5470, Colorado USAtoRotary District 1160, Ireland

  • Thank You5470 District Governor Walid Bou-Matar

    1160 District Governor Paul Hutchinson

    Rotary Club of Colorado Springs!

    THANK YOU TO OUR GRACIOUS HOSTS IN IRELAND

  • What is the Group Study Exchange (GSE) Program?A unique cultural and vocational exchange designed to build bridges of friendship between nations.

    Designed for young professionals, the team participates in vocational exchanges to enhance their professional and leadership skills.

    The team members will be prepared to better address the needs of their communities and an increasingly global workplace.

  • Group Study Exchange Team Members District 5470: Western & Southern ColoradoSally Spaulding, Aspen; Angela Harness, Grand Junction; Amber Ptak, Colorado SpringsJon Mangino, Trinidad; and Jack Thomas, Colorado Springs

  • Ireland/Colorado Comparison

  • Where Did We Go?

  • What Did We Do?The Team arrived in Limerick on Friday, August 29, and enjoyed a walking tour of the city, a visit to the King Johns Castle and the Cliffs of Moher and a meeting with the Lord Mayor.

    The team traveled to Galway and met with City Council, Lord Mayor, Chamber of Commerce, a financial advisor and a domestic violence agency. American BBQ!

    The team arrived in Cork and enjoyed a trip to Kinsale, a tour of the Jameson brewery, meetings with the Lord Mayor and City Manager, a stop in Queenstown/Cobh and a night out on the town.

  • A days drive to Enniskillen was awarded with an afternoon boat ride with our gracious hosts and a lovely dinner full of laughs, as well as vocational visits.

    The team enjoyed their downtime in Omagh and were fortunate to spend time at the Folk Park and Peace Memorial.

    A short trip to Ballymoney included the Giants Causeway, Bushmills Distillery and a walk across the rope bridge.

    We arrived in Derry for a tour of the city and surrounding areas, a rainy excursion on Davids sailboat, relaxing days on the beach and evenings out at the pub.

  • We spent our time in Belfast at the symphony, an Ulster rugby game and incredible vocational exchanges and a tour of Stormond.

    We arrived in Drogheda for a relaxing weekend at the dog races, watching the Tyrone V. Kerry Gaelic football game and a vocational exchange with a homeless shelter and a domestic violence shelter.

    The Dublin team led us on a tour the city, a hike to the summit in Howth and a night out on the town.

    After we left Sligo, we visited the Waterford Crystal Plant and Bandon (west Cork). We left Ireland on Sunday, October 5th.

  • Strengths/Challenges of the Group Study Exchange StrengthsHospitalityHome Stays (mix of hotels, home stays and B&Bs)City tours + public transportationDinners and social events with the Clubs and their FamiliesSailing, boat trips and the excursionsFood/DrinkDown time

    ChallengesCoordination and communications regarding our itineraryVocational StudiesLength of time of the exchangeMeeting the needs of the Clubs and the Professionals on the exchange

  • Make Dreams RealClub MeetingsThe majority of meetings are held at hotels or restaurantsThe majority of the meetings are 60-90 minutes in lengthMost meetings are held during the lunch hour or over dinnerMost meetings were very social in nature and many included alcohol

    FormalityThe farther North, the more formal (Shall We Toast the Queen)Similar format to the Rotary Clubs in Colorado Springs

    WomenOne club we visited will not allow women to joinInner Wheel is active, particularly in the NorthOne club currently has a female PresidentThree clubs will have female Presidents next year

    OtherMost clubs have an average of 40 membersClose friendships, a lot of laughs and good Craic

  • Rotary in Action: CorkRemembrance TreeRiver Clean UpSafe Driving: Youth and SpeedRombo Project: KenyaFundraising for Local Organizations: Alzheimer's and Organ Donation

    *Fade from GSE to Mountains********

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