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February 12, 2013

Visiting GSE Team, 12th February 2013

The Group Study Exchange team visiting our district from New South Wales did their first presentation at our club meeting. They were hosted for the week by Bicester Rotary Club, so Bicester and the team joined us at the Red Lion for fish n chips and skittles.

The team is from District 9670, one of 22 districts in Australia. The district is midway along the east coast of New South Wales and runs in a strip averaging 150 kilometres wide east-west across the state almost to the Queensland and South Australian borders. The principal city is Newcastle, with a population of 5000,000 people.

The five team members, Belinda, Meredith, Sam, Kate and Nicole, and their Rotarian team leader Chris, started by checking on our knowledge of Australian slang, before telling us about their home district and their work and careers in Australia. They also described some of the projects that their sponsor clubs are involved in, including an Indigenous Youth project, that organises trips for young people to the coast, a suicide prevention project and a project promoting science and engineering to students in schools.

After the presentations and dinner, we played skittles and the Australians beat both Spires and Bicester.

The team arrived in our district on 11th February and will stay until 15th March. They are hosted by seven clubs during their stay including Oxford Spires while we are at the district conference in Bournemouth. The host clubs will organise visits for the team members to local companies and cultural attractions and the team will give presentations at the club meetings.

See a great photo of the Australian team and our outgoing district team at the district conference in Bournemouth on 1st – 3rd March.
Read more about District 9670.
Read more about Group Study Exchange in Rotary.