Our GRSP Leadership Conference Committee has done a great job in putting a program together for the Sunday morning session of the GRSP leadership conference. We developed a case study for the students to compare the approach of 5 different charitable organizations that are trying to solve hunger and poverty Malawi. The students will be divided into 5 break-out groups that will each study a different organization and are asked to give a short 10 minute about that organization, followed by a discussion on the difference of approach each organization uses. The discussion will be focused on sustainability according to the toxic-charity approach that we learned about 2 weeks ago.
The committee members are looking forward to the event itself on Sunday but we would like to invite all the Rotaractors to participate on the day itself. We would ask you to help us guide discussions in the break-out groups, judge the presentations (there will be prizes) and guide the classroom discussion. It’ll be a lot of fun and you will interact with people from all over the world.
A couple of important points:
*) The location has changed from Oglethorpe University to the UPS headquarters in Sandy Springs. The address is 55 Glenlake Pkwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30328
*)Building security requires everybody who enters the building to present a valid government issued id. We also need to submit a list of attendees ahead of time. I submitted a list that includes all members and recent visitors of the club. If you are not sure if you fall in either category, please let me know as soon as possible and I’ll make sure you can participate.
*)The students arrive at 9am. We would like the Rotaractors to be there at 8.30 for a quick briefing and to set things up. Please be there on time.
A little bit of background information:
Each year, the rotary clubs in Georgia offer scholarships to international students (age 18 to 24) for one academic year of study in Georgia colleges and universities. Georgia Rotary Clubs sponsor students recommended by Rotary Clubs from their home countries. This one-year cultural scholarship program pays for tuition, matriculation fees, room and board, and a book allowance. Scholars attend one of 34 different colleges and universities in Georgia for one academic year beginning in August and ending the following May, and have Rotarians serving as their host families
About once a month, the students get together for a weekend in different parts of Georgia, stay with Rotarian host families that belong to the clubs in the area and participate in events organized by one or more Rotary clubs. Our sponsoring club, the Rotary Club of Dunwoody, together with the Rotary Club of Atlanta, invite the GRSP students to visit Dunwoody during MLK weekend (starting on Friday January 18 in 2013). The weekend is themed “Leadership” and is mainly held at Oglethorpe University. The students will enjoy seminars on leadership and “fierce conversations”, hear different guest speakers, learn more about the meaning of “service above self” and participate in fun activities.
How we are getting involved: Last year, we helped the Rotary club by facilitating “Paintfest” – the Saturday afternoon activity when students will paint murals that are donated to hospitals all over the world – but this year we have been asked to take on a bigger role and organize the Sunday morning session between 9am and 12pm before they go back to their dorm rooms elsewhere in the state. Traditionally, this part of the weekend has always been focused on community service and what students can do to give back to the community. The Rotary club would like to stay with that same theme but we are free to organize what we think will be a fun and enjoyable end of the weekend, whether it is through a classroom discussion, a case study, a game or anything else we see fit.