Tisch to lead Rotary ex­change visit

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By DAVID HULME

Mata­mata Ro­tar­ian Leonie Tisch is pre­par­ing for the trip of a life­time, lead­ing a team of young pro­fes­sion­als on an ex­change to the United States and British Colom­bia.

Mrs Tisch was cho­sen ahead of seven other can­di­dates from around the Cen­tral North Is­land to lead the team on a Rotary-spon­sored pro­gramme called Group Study Ex­change (GSE).

“I am re­ally ex­cited and feel very hon­oured to have been cho­sen as team leader for this trip,” Mrs Tisch said.

“It was a day-long se­lec­tion process and the cal­i­bre of ap­pli­cants was very high.

“GSE is a pro­gramme that takes young pro­fes­sion­als aged be­tween 25 and 40, of­fers them the chance to travel to an­other coun­try and un­der­take cul­tural and pro­fes­sion-based ex­change,” she said.

“This is an ex­cel­lent way for Rotary to help de­velop young busi­ness and pro­fes­sional lead­ers – the ex­pe­ri­ences they have and the con­tacts they make can prove to be in­valu­able in their fu­ture em­ploy­ment.”

The pro­gramme has been run­ning throughout the world for more than four decades and Mrs Tisch is just the sec­ond Mata­mata Ro­tar­ian to be cho­sen to lead a team, fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of Merv King who took a team to Eng­land 25 years ago.

Mrs Tisch said the pro­gramme for the sixweek ex­change had yet to be for­malised but it would take the team be­tween the United States and Canada.

“I am very much look­ing for­ward to the chance to help the young peo­ple we se­lect de­velop both pro­fes­sion­ally and per­son­ally,” she said.

“This is a unique op­por­tu­nity, not only for them but for me as well, to ex­pe­ri­ence first­hand an­other cul­ture. Be­ing a Rotary team will open doors for the team that would oth­er­wise re­main closed.”

Mrs Tisch, a Mata­mata Dis­trict Coun­cil­lor, said she hoped to be able to dis­cover a lit­tle more about the work­ings of lo­cal gov­ern­ment in North Amer­ica.

“It will be very in­ter­est­ing to find out how they work and what things they do dif­fer­ently to us,” she said.

“I feel very lucky to have been se­lected to lead this team and would like to thank the Rotary Club of Mata­mata for putting me for­ward for this op­por­tu­nity.”

Mem­bers of the team will be se­lected by Mrs Tisch and a Rotary Dis­trict com­mit­tee in Septem­ber and then spend the next six months pre­par­ing for the trip.

Trip of a life­time: Mata­mata Ro­tar­ian Leonie Tisch was cho­sen ahead of seven other can­di­dates from around the Cen­tral North Is­land to lead the team on a Rotary-spon­sored pro­gramme called Group Study Ex­change.

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