Group Study Exchange is Rotary's premier inter-cultural educational program for young professionals and an excellent way for Rotarians to build goodwill and better understanding among cultures leading to a more peaceful world.  GSE exposes Rotary to non-Rotarian young professionals who often go on to join and serve Rotary during their lives.  A number of Rotary leaders had their first exposure to Rotary through GSE.  Program and international travel costs are paid by The Rotary Foundation. Our exchange partner district is responsible for all hosting of our team while in their district including internal transportation, all meals, all lodging, and activities.   Clubs within our district will be providing similar arrangements for our visiting teams.   Team members are young professionals between 25 and 40 years of age who live or work in our district. 

This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity experiences a unique cultural and vocational Rotary exchange. The Team will return with new perspectives and fresh ideas understandings of different cultures, commerce and governments, as well as rewarding skill-building opportunities and personal growth.

Our Outbound Team, which departs May 18th thru June 15th, 2013 consists of the following;

Rotarian Team Leader:  Burne Miller, Elkhart Morning Rotary

Team Members & Club sponsors:  Tara Burge – Fort Wayne; Rhonda Ladig-Moxter – Fort Wayne; Nathan Bosch – South Bend; and Kirk Weesner – Fort Wayne.

Our visiting Inbound Team from Austria will arrive April 13th  thru May 11th, 2013 and will have an opportunity to meet our outbound team at the District Conference in Merrillville, next April.  Their individual bio’s are on the website under Group Study Exchange.

The HUB clubs hosting the Inbound team will arrive their first week to the Anthony Wayne Rotary, then South Bend Rotary, Crown Point Rotary and will finish with the Bluffton Rotary.  Within their weeks at the HUB clubs they will have vocational visits, cultural experiences, fellowship opportunities and Rotarian involvement.  The HUB clubs will coordinate with the Spoke clubs, transportation, host families, meals and numerous experiences.  The Bluffton club will be hosting the farewell dinner for all to bid our friends from Austria farewell and best of luck.

For more information on GSE, Inbound teams and Outbound teams please visit our website for up to date information.  Our outbound team will be preparing a Blog to follow as well. 

For additional information contact Linda Popovich, GSE Chair.