2006-12-08 / Community

Rotary Sends Magoolaghan To Mexico

Wave Associate Editor Brian Magoolaghan and three other young professionals have been selected to participate in a month-long group exchange program to Baja California, Mexico, District 7250 of Rotary International has announced.

Magoolaghan and the other members of Rotary's Group Study Exchange team will spend four weeks in Baja California, where they will be hosted by members of Rotary District 4100. The GSE program is designed to develop professional and leadership skills among professionals in their initial years of their careers.

At the Rockaway Rotary's regular weekly luncheon on Wednesday, president Nancy Hanson presented Magoolaghan with a pin that identifies him as a GSE team member.

"I am proud and excited to be participating in the GSE program," Magoolaghan told the assembled Rotarians. "I want to thank the Rockaway Rotary for sponsoring me, [Rotarian] John Howley for encouraging me during the application process and Sandy Bernstein and The Wave Publishing Company for their support, and I look forward to coming back to tell you about my experience."

In order to be considered for one of the spots on the team, applicants had to submit essays and go through two rounds of interviews. The other team members are: Lauren Kane, a yoga instructor from Locust Valley, Long Island; Mali Locke, the grant director for a charitable organization who lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn; and Andrew Chan, a court clerk from Woodhaven, Queens. They will be led by William S. Jacobs, member and past-president of the Rotary Club of Locust Valley, New York. The GSE team members will soon begin meeting regularly to learn about Mexican culture and how to speak Spanish. The group embarks on its journey May 5, 2007.

District 7250 has previously traveled to Japan, France, Germany, Zanzibar, Mauritius, Australia, Brazil, Argentina, Portugal, New Guinea, India and, last year, the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa.

GSE team members from Mexico will visit the New York area in mid-March and will be hosted by the Rockaway Rotary during the first week of their stay.

Rotary International "is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world," according to its website. District 7250 has clubs throughout Queens, Brooklyn and Nassau County.

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