2007-05-04 / Community

Magoolaghan Says 'Adios' For A While

Wave Associate Editor Brian Magoolaghan, second from left, is traveling to Baja California as part of a Group Study Exchange program sponsored by Rotary International. The other members of the group are Andrew Chan, left, William S. Jacobs, center, Lauren Kane, second from right, and Mali Locke. 
Wave Associate Editor Brian Magoolaghan, second from left, is traveling to Baja California as part of a Group Study Exchange program sponsored by Rotary International. The other members of the group are Andrew Chan, left, William S. Jacobs, center, Lauren Kane, second from right, and Mali Locke. Associate Editor Brian Magoolaghan will say "adios" Saturday as he heads off to Baja California, Mexico for a month-long exchange program sponsored by Rotary International.

"I've been looking forward to this since I found out last November that I was selected to go," Magoolaghan said this week. "Now I can't believe it's finally here."

Magoolaghan is traveling with three other young professionals and a Rotarian group leader as part of Rotary International's Group Study exchange program. Starting on May 5, the group will travel from New York to San Diego, California, then over the border to Enesenada.

In the course of five weeks, the group will journey south though the Baja Peninsula, stopping in Tijuana, Mexicali, Sinaloa and other areas as they visit with local Rotarians. They'll arrive May 29 in Cabo San Lucas, the site of Rotary District 4100's district conference, for the final leg or their journey.

Contributing Editor Miriam Rosenberg will fill in for Magoolaghan while he's away, and Editorial Assistant Roseanne Honan will also handle some additional responsibilities.

"I look at this as not only a challenge but an opportunity to be involved in the everyday workings that make a newspaper tick," Rosenberg said.

"Special thanks to everyone at The Wave for being so supportive," said Magoolaghan. "I'm bringing my laptop, and you can be sure that I'll be going to Rockawave.com every Friday to see what I've been missing."

The GSE program is aimed at developing professional and leadership skills among professionals who are in the initial years of their careers, like Magoolaghan, who joined the staff of The Wave in 2003 after graduating from Hofstra University where he studied journalism.

The other members of the GSE team sponsored by Rotary District 7250, which has clubs thought Brooklyn, Queens and Nassau County, are: Andrew Chan, a court clerk and law student from Woodhaven, Queens; Lauren Kane, a yoga instructor from Locust Valley, Long Island; and Mali Locke, a grant director for a charitable organization who lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn. William S. Jacobs, a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Locust Valley is the group's leader.

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, www.Rotary. org

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