Members of the Rotary Foundation’s Group Study Exchange team from Brazil visited Franklin for several days last week. Led by Ivan Marcos Oltramari of Rotary District 4700 of Rio Grande du Sol-Brazil, the group visited and addressed the Rotary Club of Franklin on Wednesday. Each member gave a brief biographical sketch, along with a description of his or her home town using a Power Point presentation. Members of the team were: Fabio Stefani, an attorney; Renata Vanz, a dietician; Fabio Woitchunas, an orthodontist; and Paulo Pinto, a high school teacher.
While in Franklin, team members, hosted by Lisa Leatherman of the Franklin Daybreak Rotary Club and Larry Hollifield of the Rotary Club of Franklin, went on a guided tour of the Franklin area, visiting such places as the Gem and Mineral Museum, the Macon County Historical Museum, and the Smoky Mountain Center For the Performing Arts.
The Rotary Foundation’s Group Study Exchange (GSE) program is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for business people and professionals between the ages of 25 and 40 who are in the early stages of their careers. The program provides travel grants for teams to exchange visits in paired areas of different countries. For four to six weeks, team members experience the host country’s culture and institutions, observe how their vocations are practiced abroad, develop personal and professional relationships, and exchange ideas.