The GSE Team from Adalaide, Australia enjoyed a carry-in at the Historic Bible Grove School with Rotarians from clubs in Kirksville, Schuyler and Scotland Counties. Seated in front (L to R) are GSE Team members Kally Hooper (Registered Nurse), Amber Shreeve (Police Officer), Stacey Andary (Teacher – Alternative School), Rose Le (Attorney/Data Security Start Up) and the Team Leader Arthur Manser (Retired News Agent and Former District Governor). Front row standing (L to R) are Brent Walker, Bonnie Shumacher, Diana Koontz, Laney Doster, Elsie Kigar, Abby Doster, Lisa Doster, and Linda Blessing (Schuyler County Rotary Club. Back Row (L to R) are Charlotte Stelter, Dallace Shumacher, Jim Kigar, Fred Clapp, John Dungan (Rotary Club of Kirksville), Barb Blomme, Eli Kigar, George Koontz, and Dr. Harlo Donelson.

Rotary International’s Group Study Exchange (GSE) Team from southern Australia recently spent time in Northeast Missouri. The team of five are from the Adelaide, Australia, area. Adalaide is a city of approximately 1.3 million population. Adelaide is the capital city of the state of South Australia, and the fifth-most populous city of Australia.

The team is in the United States for approximately four weeks and wrapped up their trip at the Rotary District 6040 District Assembly on April 27, 2019, and will fly back to Australia this week.

The GSE Team spent a couple of weeks in the Kansas City area staying with host families from several different Rotary Clubs and then moved to the Chillicothe, MO, area before coming to the Kirksville area.

While staying with host families from several Rotary Clubs in the Kirksville area, they spent vocational days with a variety of professionals in Kirksville. Then the team moved to host families from the Scotland County Rotary club in Memphis, MO.

Host families from the Scotland County Club were Jerry and Barb Blomme, Brent Walker and Charlotte Stelter, Brad and Lisa Doster and Jim and Alisa Kigar. While in Scotland County, the team made trips to Lancaster to attended a Schuyler County Rotary Club meeting and to Edina to attend a Knox County Rotary Club meeting. The team were guests of Pam Withers on the KMEM “Coffee Break” program and helped the Scotland County Rotary Club host the April Birthday Party at the Scotland County Care Center. The team spent one afternoon at Kigar Cattle, LLC, touring the farms and feeding cows, bottle calves, and riding four-wheelers.

The team was guests of the Scotland County Rotary Club at a carry-in dinner at the Historic Bible Grove School one evening and their last night in Scotland County, the team and host families traveled to Rutledge to the Dancing Rabbit Eco-Village where they enjoyed Pizza Night at the Milkweed Mercantile.