Friday, March 20, 2009
Other members of the team are non-Rotarians: David Zirnhelt, an online furniture broker from Kamloops sponsored by the Rotary Club of Kamploops Daybreak; Andrew Van Dokkumburg, a mortgage specialist with Salmon Arm Savings and Credit Union sponsored by the Salmon Arm Rotary Club; Chad Eliason, a Salmon Arm city councillor, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Salmon Arm – Shuswap; Erika Pfahl, a practicing pharmacist from Osoyoos and sponsored by the Osoyoos Rotary Club; and Erin Snelgrove, a journalist with the Yakima Herald and Rotary Club of Yakima – Downtown.
The team will make 18 vocational visits and club presentations, plus 16 formal visits and social events, as well as participate in the two-day Rotary District 9550 conference in Cairns, Queensland before returning to Kelowna on May 4th. Stops along the way include Darwin, Katherine, Kakadu National Park, Tennant Creek, Mount Isa, Cloncurry, Charters Towers, Townsville, the Great Barrier Reef, Ingham, Mission Beach, Innisfail, Mareeba, Port Douglas and Cairns.
Funded by the Rotary Foundation through contribution from Rotarians, the Group Study Exchange (GSE) program is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for businesspeople and professionals between the ages of 25 and 40 who are in the early stages of their careers.
Covering 1.5 million square kilometers in the Northern Territory of Australia, District 9550 is vastly diverse. The region includes the World Heritage areas of the Great Barrier Reef and Kakadu National Parks, the tropics, outback, multicultural Darwin. The District is renowned for agriculture, cattle, fishing, horticulture, mining, sugar cane and tourism.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
The 2009 Group Study Exchange team is being led by Kathy Butler. Kathy is a resident of Kelowna which she has called her home for the last 24 years. She is a mother of two and is the Director of Advancement and Alumni Relations At Okanagan College. Kathy has been involved with Rotary since 1994 and was the president of the Rotary Club of Kelowna (Downtown) in 2003-04.
Erika, 25, hails from BC's Desert - Osoyoos. She is a high energy, enthusiastic person and is looking forward to Scuba Diving on the Great Barrier Reef. She is a second generation Pharmacist by trade where she does far more than just dispense medication. Erika works closely with other Health Professionals to help her community become more educated on their health and on the importance of a complete and balanced lifestyle. Erika is the youngest member of this years GSE Team and will therefore be the one doing all the laundry.