Georgia Rotary Student Program 2011 News Archives
GRSP Students add international flair to Armstrong Atlantic State University
For Maria Isabella Olmos, an 18-year-old freshman from Barranquilla, Colombia, the opportunity to study economics at Armstrong on a Georgia Rotary Student Program scholarship is, quite literally, a dream come true. “If it weren’t for the Rotary scholarship program, I wouldn’t be here,” she explained. “It’s an amazing program. I’m really grateful.”
One of four international students currently attending Armstrong on a one-year Georgia Rotary Student Program scholarship, Maria Isabella plans to continue her studies, eventually earning a master’s degree and Ph.D. in economics. “I really like my professors and the ambiance of Armstrong,” she said. “In Colombia, we don’t have residence halls and student life. Living in a dorm, having a roommate and speaking English all the time is a big change for me, but I’m really enjoying it.”
Additional Rotary scholarship students currently on campus for the 2011-2012 academic year include Maja Cronert from Sweden, Eevi Haonpera from Finland and Zsofia Puskely from Hungary. Each of these international students brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and insight to the Armstrong community.
A French Volunteer Firefighter
During my year in Georgia, as a French firefighter volunteer, I worked with the Peachtree City Fire Department. Mr. Ed. Eiswerth, chief of the PCFD, was the guest of the firefighters of Le Sappey en Chartreuse, France, for a week. During this time, he visited many firefighter facilities, historical places, and took part in a 9/11 ceremony I organized for the 10th anniversary of the attacks. Local villagers and Americans from all around came to pay respect and mark once again the friendship and partnership of both our nations. Each chief gave a speech; we played the anthem and exchanged flags. An article will be printed in a French newspaper, speaking also about GRSP.
Quentin Rossetto, France
GRSP Student Class of 2010-2011
Georgia State University
Sponsored by Peachtree City Rotary Club
Let’s get more students from the Ukraine!
John Hewko, General Secretary-elect of RI came to Ukraine for another purpose but decided to visit Rotary Clubs in Kyiv. The Rotary Club Kyiv-City invited all other Rotarians to their meeting. I was supposed to give a presentation about GRSP in another club, but they asked me whether I could do it at that meeting, and I agreed.
We were using two languages at this event — English and Ukrainian. John Hewko was talking about his strategic plan and areas he will be focusing on working for Rotary International. He pointed out that he wants to get together and count in $ every single project RI and ordinary clubs do in order to help Rotary gain recognition it truly deserves. I think GRSP is one of those big things still uncounted and unappreciated. It was good he was there and got to hear about it.
Rotarians in Kyiv showed a great interested in GRSP. There was an official question to me: “Why there was not a single Ukrainian participant in the program since 1946″, I made a joke saying that this was a fault of Ukrainian Rotarians because they didn’t recommend anyone But then we all agreed that the problem lies in lack of information about GRSP as well as many other great projects Rotary Clubs do around the world.
I truly enjoyed my year in Georgia and to advertise GRSP is a great pleasure and a big honor to me.
Maryana Khrupa, GRSP Class of 2010-2011, email@example.com
Sponsored by Bainbridge, Camilla and Pelham. Attended Valdosta State University.
(posted August 1, 2011)
June 16, 2011
To: Georgia Rotarians
From: James L. Drake, Jr., GRSP Chair
RE: GRSP Endowment Fund
As we near the end of the Rotary year, I am pleased to report that 2010-2011 has been an outstanding year for GRSP. We hosted sixty (60) students from twenty (20) countries, bringing to 3254 the number of international ambassadors who have participated in this “one of a kind” program since its beginning in 1946. Each student’s year in the United States is made possible by the generosity of Georgia Rotarians.
As we prepare to welcome the Class of 2011-2012, it is important to remember that GRSP’s financial security rests with our Endowment Fund, the earnings from which not only cover our administrative expenses, but also provide money to help participating clubs offset the rising costs of sponsoring a student.
To those of you who have made a contribution to the Endowment Fund this year, thank you. To those of you who have not yet contributed, please consider doing so before June 30th. It is only through your giving, and the continued generosity and commitment of every Georgia Rotarian, that the GRSP Scholarships can continue. It is easy to give. Just make your check payable to The Georgia Rotary Student Program Endowment Fund and mail it to:
GRSP . PO Box 61327 . Savannah, Georgia, 31420
On behalf of all the students whose lives have been, and those whose lives will be positively impacted by The Georgia Rotary Student Program in the future, thank you!
Congratulations to Aadu Allpere, member of the Dunwoody Rotary Club, who received the Frank E. Bentley Sr. GRSP Leadership Award at the District 6900 Conference in April. This recognition for his many years of support and service to GRSP is well deserved. In addition, his many years of sponsoring and supporting a GRSP student with personal funds is unmatched in the history of GRSP.
| Happy Birthday, GRSP!
On March 17, 2011, Rotarians from across Georgia gathered to celebrate GRSP’s 65th anniversary, in Thomasville, Georgia, where the Program originated. Featured speakers were William Watt III, grandson of GRSP founder PDG Will Watt and Rtn. Jack Pannecoucke, who is preparing a written history of the Program. Also in attendance were GRSP Chair Jim Drake, Chair Emeritus Greg Adams, Vice Chair Terry Gordon, Trustee Emeritus Beth Sikes, District 6900 Chair Bill Smith, District 6910 Chair Homer Lewis, GRSP Trustee Marlene Free and Conclave liaison Billy Kidd. The Thomasville Club under the leadership of President Joseph Brown and Robert Ackerman served as host for this special occasion. Well done Thomasville!
| GRSP Welcomes RI President Elect
GRSP Chair Jim Drake was honored to present RI President Elect Kalyan Banerjee, a member of the Rotary Club of Vapi, Gujarat, India, with a Will Watt Fellow plaque and pin at the Presidents Elect Training Seminar in March.
GRSP Alumni Update
Author of our slogan, “Bringing Nations Together Since 1946”
Global Malaysians Network recently featured our very own Keat Khoo in an article on its website. Khoo said, “If it had not been for the GRSP program, I would not have had a well rounded experience and education that helped me toward a rewarding career in marketing and information systems. I went into the GRSP program as a teenager that had just lost his father, afraid and shaken, but I came away a young man with dreams and determination.” With the help of a part-time job, Khoo stayed for another year at Augusta State University to complete his degree. Read the entire article at http://globalmalaysians.com/news/story.asp?file=/2009/9/14/gmn/4580891&sec=GMN.
Photo courtesy of Global Malaysians Network.
| Congratulations, Oslo Scholarship Recipients!
We are happy to announce the winners of the Oslo International Scholarship and their sponsoring clubs! These students will continue their studies in Oslo this summer.
Miss Clair L. Acree Vinings R/C District 6900
| Congratulations, Glyndwr University Scholarship Recipients!
The Rotary Club of Wrexham Erddig will host two Georgia students at the Glyndwr University in North Walesfor three weeks during the summer of 2011. This will enable them to learn more of the culture and geography of North Wales and District 1180. These dates link in well with the world famous Llangollen International Eisteddfod. In addition, there will be a varied program of tours, but students will have plenty of free time to explore. Congratulations to the two Georgia students who received the scholarship:
Miss Shelby Kate Long Sponsored by Atlanta RC
| A warm GRSP hug goes out to the family of Donald McDougald
Longtime broadcast and cable executive owner Donald Outland McDougald passed away unexpectedly Dec. 22 in a Brunswick, Ga., hospital after a brief attack. McDougald, whose home is in Montreat, North Carolina, was visiting with relatives and friends in Darien at the time. The 83-year-old Statesboro native was born in 1927 and attended Clemson University before joing the Army. After service in World War II, where he was assigned as part of the planned Japanese homeland invasion force, McDougald returned to Emory and graduated from its School of Business. The end of the war in the Pacific Theatre with the Hiroshima/Nagasaki atomic bombs led to a cancellation of the invasion, of which he would have been a part. He remained in Japan for some time as a member of the occupation forces.
In 1958 he joined with his mother and brothers, Horace and Worth, and purchased Radio Station WWNS. Soon, he purchased the full facilities of the station from the other family members and instituted the building of FM Radio Station WMCD, which, with WWNS, he operated until his retirement from active broadcasting. In addition, he owned and operated radio stations in Sylvania, Milledgeville and in Danville, Virginia. He organized and brought into being a partnership of local entrepreneurs in Statesboro to form Statesboro’s first cable company, Statesboro CATV, Inc. He is credited with having what some describe as the “first automated broadcast station in Georgia”, utilizing early-on IBM card sort machines that he became familiar with at the Georgia Teachers College bookkeeping operations. He adapted them to building the daily logs for WWNS and WMCD. Later on, as computers were developed and became available, he moved his stations further into that area.
Don was president of the Georgia Association of Broadcasters at the time of the unexpected death of the executive director, and in order to keep the nation’s largest state broadcasters organization fully active, found it necessary to work many days in Atlanta. He learned to fly at Statesboro’s airport so that he might get to and from Atlanta somewhat easier than driving on two-lane roads the 450-mile round-trip. For this work, Don was named to the Georgia Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame at the University of Georgia.
Don was extremely active in various civic endeavors in the community, including his presidency of the Statesboro Rotary Club and his work with the Chamber of Commerce, the Jaycees and with various sports activities of Georgia Teachers College and local high schools. He was a leader with the Georgia Rotary Student Program, which offered scholarships for visiting college level students from other countries, developed after WWII when many schools and universities in war-torn cities were not available to their native youth. In return, he and Betty visited the students in numerous foreign countries to renew acquaintances.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Darien Building Fund at P.O. Box 706, Darien, GA 31305; the Don and Betty McDougald Land Conservation Fund, c/o Montreat Cottagers, Inc. Attn.: Philip Arnold, P.O. Box 111, Montreat, NC 28757; or Bulloch County Historical Society, P.O. Box 42, Statesboro, GA 30459. Friends may sign the online register book at www.joineranderson.com.
(Photo courtesy of the Darien News: Donald McDougald, right, won this painting by Roland Thurston, center, and looking on is chairman for Art in the Park, Margaret Olsen at Art in the Park in April 2009.)