Peace through understanding- a hallmark of the Georgia Rotary Student program

Dr. John Richmond is a retired physician from Dalton and the current Trustee of the Georgia Rotary Student Program. Recently, he presented a program regarding the GRSP at a Calhoun Rotary Club meeting.

The Georgia Rotary Student Program began in 1946, conceived by Thomasville Rotarian Will Watt, who wanted to help the world heal after the trauma and destruction of World War II.

The program is now statewide and students are selected from their home country based upon merit and recommendation from a local Rotary Club in their native country. Currently there are 45 foreign students enrolled in colleges throughout Georgia, and Georgia Rotary Clubs have sponsored 3,601 students in the past from over 70 countries. The intention is they’ll arrive as ambassadors from their home countries and return as ambassadors for Georgia, the United States and Rotary International.

A priority of the Calhoun Rotary is supporting programs that focus on young people and the GRSP and other programs are prime examples of this focus.

Attending the presentation were members of the Sonoraville Interact Club, led by Marcus Palazzolo, along with seniors Maliq Ellington, James Hood and Steven Price. Bill Bowen, former GRSP Trustee also attended.

Pictured, left to right: Bill Bowen, Past Trustee, GRSP; Dr. John Richmond, Current Trustee, GRSP; Maliq Ellington; James Hood; Steven Price; Clare Ballentyne, GRSP Student from England; Marcus Pallazolo; Jim Rosencrance.