Rotary receives guests from Wales and Australia
By Warner M. MontgomeryWarner@TheColumbiaStar.com
The Columbia Rotary Club welcomed guests from Wales and Australia this week. These two Group Study Exchange Teams are part of Rotary International's educational program to bring non- Rotarians to America to study for five weeks with Rotarians in Beaufort, Hilton Head, Orangeburg, Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, Lake City, Florence, North Myrtle Beach, Sumter, and Columbia.
Andrew Clarkson, president of the Columbia Rotary Club, and Dr. Rodger Stroup, Group Study Committee chair, introduced the team leaders. The team from Wales was led by Mike Parry of Cardiff, Wales. He brought greetings from Prince Charles, Duke of Wales, and introduced his team members: a psychiatric nurse, a government housing official, a Web editor, and a dentist.
Geoffrey Inman, a retired police inspector from Western Australia, introduced his team: a maintenance superintendent, a middle school teacher, an agricultural development official, and a sheep and grain farmer.
While in Columbia the guests were hosted by Bill and Mary Clowney, Richard Sidebottom, Jed and Carol Shropshire, Mary and Pete Balbach, Wayne and Anne Cannon, Ed and Elin Berg, Paula Matthews, Richard and Jo Hucks, Fred and Harriet Huiet, and Bill and Judy Pitts.