Monday, May 8, 2017, provided a grass roots glimpse at the international reach of Rotary. The GSE (Group Study Exchange) team visiting from Northern Australia spent the day. This group of five very interesting people from Northern Australia and East Timor included one Rotarian, the team leader, and four non-Rotarians from district 9550.
They presented a formal program at the noon meeting and were guests at an informal pizza party in the evening.
Minutes for Roseville Rotary Meeting Monday Noon, May 8, 2017
Al Gerdin provided a pleasant greeting and led the Pledge-Of-Allegiance-To-The-Flag.
President Brad Kirscher rang the bell at 12:31 to start the meeting and lead the Four-Way-Test reminder of our mission.  Julie Wearn gave a brief very heart felt invocation asking God to help us find peace and friendship and Joan Kallenberg introduced one visiting Rotarian, Hugh Schilling and introductions of the GSE team members was left for the program.  Happy Dollars was great fun and raised cash for Polio Plus.
  • Greg Carlson reported that the highway cleanup Saturday was a great success.  The plethora of yellow bags along the Snelling Avenue interchange provided visual proof of this report.
  • An International Development program is to be held in Nicaragua.  Donations can be made to the Fast-For-Hope project.
  • Taste of Rosefest is asking for $30.00 donation from each Rotarian for the Wall Of Wine.  The committee can purchase the wine at good prices and have an organized range of priced wines.
  • The 501 Club is considering a Saint Paul Saints game night.  Are Rotary members interested? Contact Brad Kirscher,
  • Membership chairman, Deb Nygaard, announced that she has two guests coming next week.  She will bake a pie for anyone who brings more guests than she does.
Yogish, Gracina Herculano, Laura Goldstone, Brad Kirscher, Inacia Santos, Anna Williams, Ainslie Corridon
The visiting GSE team from District 9550 introduced themselves and their interests with very organized speeches and great visuals.  The team leader, Rotarian Ainslie Corridon started with a description of their district in Northern Australia.  It is vast!  A flight from Townsville at the eastern edge of the district to Darwin at the western edge is roughly equivalent to a flight from St. Paul to Los Angeles.
Also, included in the district is Timor-Leste (East Timor) which is the eastern half of Timor Island located about 500 miles northwest of Darwin. [Timor is a country of
1.9 million people that was independent of Indonesia founded in 2002] Following this introduction each member of the team spoke using one simple projected visual with their name and background and a second visual to describe their work.
Anna Williams: Interior Decorator in Townsville.  She started a business doing homes and other small projects and has grown the practice to include much larger projects and buildings.
Yogish: Civil Engineer.  Born and educated in India, worked in Ireland for three years then lost his job and moved to North Queensland about five years ago.  He manages bridge and roadway design and construction.
Inacia Santos: Agricultural consultant.  This is mountain country where coffee, the major is grown.  Her work includes consulting on the growing, harvesting, selling, and transporting coffee.
Gracina Herculano: Director of an education project in Timor-Leste.  She was raised in a small town in Timor-Leste that has no road and can only be reached by a three hour walk or horse ride.
Ainslie Corridon: Team Leader, is a member of the Darwin Sunrise Rotary Club.  She is a Legal Professional that writes laws for the Northern Territory parliament. She recently finished her legal education and expect to become certified later this year.
They answered questions and exchanged club banners to end the program.  One of the questions was " long have they been in Minnesota" and another was "... what has been their most interesting experience?"  Answers were:  "... we arrived two weeks ago"  "...we enjoyed the Spam Museum in Austin and walking on water (frozen) at the Roseville arena.  None of us have ever seen snow."
Notes for Pizza Party Monday Evening, May 8, 2017
Ted Johnson and Melanie Mogg hosted a refreshments and pizza gathering at Villa Park Condominiums Monday evening at five o'clock.  This was a very informal affair.  i.e.
no speeches.  A number of Roseville Rotarians attended as well as the Australian GSE team.  The food was terrific.   Conversation encouraged by a glass of wine and some
munchies ranged from current movies to global politics.  Topics that seemed to enter each conversation were geography and language.   The team spoke "American English"
not "Australian".  They said that northern Australian speech was quite different from southern Australian and they had learned some key items of American use of the English language.
After this long interesting day, the gathering broke up about eight o'clock.