GRSP is managed by a dedicated group of Georgia Rotarians who devote time and energy to oversee the program without any reimbursement. They are passionate about the mission of GRSP and promoting peace and understanding around the world. Take a moment to read on and learn more about our leaders.
Ian Bond – District 6900
I first heard of the Georgia Rotary Student Program at my new member orientation at the Rotary Club of Columbus. I was excited to learn that this program has been welcoming international students to Georgia since 1946. As a life-long international networker and passionate advocate of cross-border education and cultural exchange as the best way to prepare the next generation of global servant-leaders, I immediately “signed up” for GRSP. Six months later my family and I were the host family for our Club’s inbound GRSP scholar. That was nearly two decades ago. I am still passionate about the program and the students and convinced that it is more needed in today’s challenging global scene than ever before.
James McCoy – District 6910
The Georgia Rotary Student Program is the embodiment of the mission and purpose of Rotary with a central focus on promoting international understanding and peace. For seventy five years GRSP has facilitated thousands of lifelong relationship between Rotarians, their families and students from every part of the world. I have had the privilege of being a host family to multiple students and GRSP Trustee working with five host Rotary Clubs that sponsor students annually. It is remarkable to see first hand how GRSP creates life altering opportunities for international students and expands the global relationships of Rotarians. GRSP creates a real and meaningful difference for both students and Rotarians – It has become a central part of life for me and my family.
Rob Kellner – District 6920Upon my arrival at Valdosta State in 1983, I became aware of the Georgia Rotary Student Program and was intrigued with the program. In 1999, I joined Rotary and had the opportunity to get involved with the program and begin to understand how unique and special this program is. I have met numerous students over the past twenty years that have become lifelong friends and I enjoy the opportunity to rekindle these friendships when I travel abroad or they return to Georgia for a visit. The generosity of the Georgia Rotarians either through their willingness to become a host family, serve as a host for one of the weekend get togethers or simply through financial contributions coupled with eagerness of the students create a special environment where all parties involved benefit. The parties benefit by breaking down walls and eliminating the stereotypes that are often portrayed in the media. I cannot think of a better program to invest my time and energy than the Georgia Rotary Student Program and its goal of “Peace through Understanding.”
Ian Bond – 6900
Bill Smith – 6900
Bill St. Clair – 6910
Bill Strickland – 6910
Milton Heard – 6920
Terry Adkins – 6920