Northfield Rotary welcomes a Group Study Exchange team from Brazil

Rick Estenson, Vicki Dilley, Lee Dilley, Jean Wakely On Friday morning, Rotarians Lee and Vicki Dilley, Rick Estenson, and Jean Wakely had coffee at GBM with members of Rotary District 4550 from Bahia, Brazil.

The Brazilians are part of a Group Study Exchange (GSE) with Northfield Rotary.

This Rotary blog post from last summer has more details:

Group Study Exchange (GSE) is a unique educational experience that furthers international understanding by providing an opportunity for outstanding business and professional people to study another country, its people, its culture and its institutions.  Each GSE team visits a Rotary district in another country for four weeks.  Team members stay in the homes of Rotarians, if possible, and follow an itinerary of educational and cultural points of interest. Travel and living expenses are covered during the exchange by The Rotary Foundation, Rotarians and Rotary District 5960.

A Rotary District 5960 GSE team will visit Rotary District 4550 in Bahia, Brazil, from April 8, 2012 – May 5, 2012.  The focus of the exchange will be public policy, public health and economic development. Rotary offers this opportunity to spend a month living with local Rotarians and seeing the country in a way few will ever experience.


  1. Vicki Dilley said:

    Griff, thanks for getting the word out about GSE. The inbound team has been particularly amazing. We have had so much fun together and so many from the community have come together to help create a great impression on them…from Erin Mayberry, Lynne Pederson at the NCRC building, Mark Werner, Jim Broucher, Simon Tyler, Mark Henke, Scott Richardson, Marc and Cindy Robinson, Jean Wakely, Judy Brown Wescott, Sue Boxrud, Jane Fenton, Rick and Kris Estenson, Jessica Paxton, Suzy Rook, Martha at Carelton and all of her connections, Randy Clay at ST Olaf, so many, many others! Community was alive and well and the Brasil team noticed it! Sergio, Angela, Daniele, Denise and Priscilla…you will always be in our hearts. Saudade! Beijos!

    March 27, 2012
  2. Griff Wigley said:

    You’re welcome, Vickie. So you’re departing for Brazil in a month!

    In today’s Nfld News: Brazilian visitors praise Northfield’s beauty, welcoming hosts

    Vicki Dilley, who organizes exchanges — both student and adult — for Northfield Rotary and who will leave with a team of Minnesotans for a GSE exchange in Brazil next month, said the idea is to have team members visit places and organizations that mesh with their careers fields.

    March 31, 2012

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