Rotary member John Grant began our first meeting for September. After the schedule was addressed the meeting was handed over to Rotary member Ryan Hale. Mr. Hale presented Vic Williams with a plaque signifying him as a Will Watts Fellow. Will Watts, a Rotarian, who in 1946 conceived the Georgia Rotary Student Program. The GSRP provides funding for college students to come to Georgia from across the world. To become a Will Watts Fellow one must contribute one thousand dollars or more to the program. As a guest speaker for the Paulding Rotary Club, Miss Mhairi Dunnett, an exchange student from Edinburgh Scotland, made her presentation for the GSRP program. The GSRP program started in 1964 as a scholarship program for international students. The students live on campus as they attend school and participate in a cultural exchange with their adoptive host families. The students would be adopted by host families of Rotary Club members here in Georgia. The exchange of culture is to promote peace through understanding.
Miss Dunnett currently attends Kennesaw State University. She is an active student and is very interested in travel and languages. During her presentation she provided pictures of her travels throughout Europe and of her hometown in Edinburgh. Miss Dunnett is one of 51 students involved in the GSRP this year, eight of whom are from Scotland and six of those eight are all from her high school in Edinburgh. Each year, approximately 60 students from all over the world make friends here in the United States and other nations by learning about different cultures and life styles. Georgia Rotarians believe “Peace is Possible” through the GRSP to promote international goodwill by friendship and understanding.