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Rotary Student Exchange

We are most proud of our Rotary Student Exchange Program, sending deserving area high school students, of non - Rotarian. members, to other nations throughout the world, for a year of education.

The most powerful force in the promotion of international understanding and peace is exposure to different cultures. The world becomes a smaller, friendlier place when we learn that all people — regardless of nationality — desire the same basic things: a safe, comfortable environment that allows for a rich and satisfying life for our children and ourselves. Youth Exchange provides thousands of young people with the opportunity to meet people from other lands and to experience their cultures. This plants the seeds for a lifetime of international understanding.

Rotary International's Eastern States Student EXchange Program (ESSEX) organizes all Rotary student year abroad youth study exchanges for 31 Rotary International districts which span 16 states in the eastern United States, Bermuda and Quebec and New Brunswick, Canada. Exchange students study in a foreign high school, experience a foreign culture, live with one or more host families, learn a new language and have the opportunity to travel.

Find out more, download our Exchange Program Brochure.

Eisenhower Humanitarian Award

The annual Award is handed out in recognition of an individual’s outstanding humanitarian service and positive influence in one or more of the following areas: public / civic service, peace, and world understanding that has contributed to the betterment of humanity locally or globally.

2013 Recipient Harry Stokes

The 2013 Dwight D. Eisenhower Humanitarian Award was presented to Harry Stokes. The award is given to residents of Adams County who demonstrate a life-long commitment to the local community and to the world community.

Harry is a founder and director of Project Gaia, Inc. a non profit organization that facilitates the development of alcohol fuels for household energy. As director of Project Gaia, Harry has for over two decades provided support to industry, governments, financial institutions and development organizations on resource management issues, particularly around biofuels. Project Gaia is active in East and West Africa, with experience in Southern Africa and Madagascar. It is also active in Latin America and the Caribbean. Project Gaia and an associated organization, the Gaia Association, an Ethiopian NGO, have spearheaded projects funded by the Shell Foundation, the USEPA, the World Bank, UNDP, UNHCR, the Nordic Climate Fund and African governments, as well as corporate and private funders and donors. For its work in the refugee camps of Ethiopia, the Gaia Association won an Ashden Award in 2008, as well as two Energy Globe Awards for Ethiopia, in 2008 and 2011.
Eisenhower Humanitarian Award Winners
Past winners of the prestigious award include:

2003 - Dr. Bradley Hoch
2004 - Rev. Karl J. Mattson
2005 - Ernest Simpson
2006 - Dr. Herman Stuempfle
2007 - Dr. Paula Olinger
2008 - Richard Waybright
2009 - Nancy Forgang
2010 - Connie Farabaugh
2011 - Jennifer Weaver
2013 - Harry Stokes
Medical Mission to Honduras
Internationally, The Rotary Club of Gettysburg participates in a medical mission to Honduras. Each year, Rotarian Dr. Brad Hoch leads a group of local volunteers on a pediatric medical mission that treats the children in NW Honduras. Our club provides thousands of dollars in support of this important venture.
Other Programs
It is a long standing goal of Rotary International to further international understanding and cross cultural exchanges. Because of this, Rotary has promoted a number of International initiatives such as the Global Study Exchange giving young professionals the opportunity to spend a number of weeks touring another country learning about their particular profession in another culture.
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2014 International Convention
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Rotarians from around the world gather each year to exchange great ideas, connect with old and new friends, have fun, and advance the work of Rotary.

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