In June of 2017 Atlanta welcomed the Rotary World to Georgia for the Rotary International Convention. On this rare occasion that the international convention was in GRSP’s home state, we decided to host our first ever all-class GRSP reunion. In June of 2017 Atlanta welcomed the Rotary World to Georgia for the Rotary International Convention. On this rare occasion that the international convention was in GRSP’s home state, we decided to host our first ever all-class GRSP reunion. More than 100 GRSP alumni gathered along with GRSP directors, trustees and host families to celebrate and showcase 71 years of ‘Bringing Nations Together.’ We had alumni join us from as far back as the 1960s.
Special GRSP events were held at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens on Saturday evening … and again at the Fox Theater’s Egyptian Ballroom on Tuesday of convention week for fun, fellowship and testimonials from past students about the difference GRSP made in their lives. We heard from a couple who met during their GRSP year and were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary – as well as the fact that their son was a 2016-17 GRSP student. Another student shared that the love of rowing she developed while attending school in Georgia led to her joining her country’s national rowing team and competing in the Olympics. And many shared that GRSP had changed their perspectives on the world – and that they felt the program was more important now than ever as an agent of promoting peace and understanding among the people of the world.
On Sunday, 40 GRSP alumni joined forces with students from Rotary Youth Exchange to bring in the flags of the world at the Opening Ceremonies of the RI Convention. The flag ceremony has always been a special part of RI Conventions – and it was even more special to have students participating from our most recent class of 2016-17 all the way back to the class of 1995-96. GRSP alumni were privileged to carry in the Rotary flag at both opening sessions.