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Rotary Group Study Exchange Team ready to go to Philippines

February 6, 2013
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

In October of 2012, Rotary District 7090 hosted a Group Study Exchange Team from the Manila District of the Philippines, District 3800. In February of 2013, a Group Study Exchange Team from District 7090 will reciprocate the visit to the Philippines.

The GSE team members will participate in four primary activities - vocational and cultural exchange, fellowship and Rotary involvement. The Group Study Exchange Team consists of four non-Rotarian business or professional people and a Rotarian team leader.

The outgoing GSE Team will leave for the Philippines on Friday, Feb. 15 and will visit fellow Rotarians in the District of Manila until March 15. The team consists of team member Jessica Manuel sponsored by the St Catharine's Rotary Club, team member, Kristen Smith sponsored by the St Catharine's South Rotary Club, team member Michelle Sass sponsored by the Brantford Rotary Club, team member Megan MacLeod sponsored by the Buffalo Rotary Club and team leader Sherry Kerr, who is a member of the Brantford Rotary Club.

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The Rotary District 7090 Group Study Exchange Team 2013 consists of, from left to right: Jessica Manuel; Kristen Smith; Team Leader Sherry Kerr; Michelle Sass; and Megan MacLeod.

"(I am) very excited about being chosen to represent the District and lead this team of extraordinary women who are all looking forward to an extraordinary adventure," team leader and Executive Director of Participation House Brantford Kerr said.

Prior to being selected in November to represent District 7090, the five ladies did not know each other. They have been working together since then to prepare to spend a month in the Philippines to both share and gain knowledge and experience from opposite sides of the world.

District 7090 has 70 Rotary Clubs, 40 in the northwestern part of New York State and 30 in Southern Ontario, Canada. The district is known as the Best of Friends District with close to 2,600 Rotarians.

Rotary International is made up of more than 34,000 clubs worldwide with members volunteering in communities at home and abroad to support education and job training, provide clean water, combat hunger, improve health and sanitation and eradicate polio.

Rotary International has supported district clubs to participate in these exchanges for many years. This year marks the last Group Study Exchange that Rotary International will sponsor. With changes to the program, a new program began in 2013.

Anyone who would like more information or to schedule an interview with Kerr should contact her at or call (519) 756-1430 x223.



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