The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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September 4, 2012

Rotary seeking applicants for exchange trip

PALESTINE — The Rotary Club of Palestine is seeking young business and professional people to take part in the Rotary Foundation’s Group Study Exchange program’s visit to the Virgin Islands next year.

The trip to the Virgin Islands in the Caribbean will be May 11 to June 8, 2013, hosted by Rotary District 7020.

Through the GSE program, teams of young business and professionals from two different countries exchange visits as guests of Rotary. During the four-week visits, team members experience the way of life, customs and vocational practices of another country, while sharing information about their home country.

The purpose of the GSE program is to promote international understanding and goodwill through personal connection. While abroad, team members stay in Rotarians’ homes and have the opportunity to meet their professional counterparts. They also give presentations about their home country to Rotary clubs and other groups.

Rotary pays for round-trip airfare and Rotary club members in the host country provide meals, lodging and travel expenses in their district. Team members pay only for personal and incidental expenses.

To qualify, applicants must be between the ages of 25 and 40 when they apply, be employed full time in a business or profession, and must live within or be employed within the boundaries of Rotary District 5910, which includes southeast Texas.

For more information and a copy of the application, visit the GSE page at or visit

Those interested can also contact John Delaney, District 5910 GSE Chair and 2009 GSE team leader, at

Applications are due by Sept. 30 and should be emailed or faxed to John Delaney at or 979-731-1351.

Rotarian Jennifer Bergman of the Cleveland, Texas Rotary club has been chosen as the leader for the 2013 trip to the Virgin Islands.

Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. There are 1.2 million Rotary members in some 31,000 Rotary clubs in more than 165 countries.

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