Press Release posted 12/10/12 – Rotary District 5300 has selected retired Sierra Madre Police Chief Marilyn Diaz to lead a team of four young professionals to Calcutta, India on a 5-week Group Study Exchange trip. Diaz is a member of the Sierra Madre Rotary Club.
Since 1965 the Rotary Foundation has arranged yearly Group Study Exchange trips of approximately 500 teams of young business and professional people between two paired Rotary districts in different countries to enhance international understanding and good will. While living with Rotarian families, team members study the culture of the host country and how their professional peers practice their vocations. An experienced Rotarian leads each team.
The selected team members include Stephanie Yuen, of South Pasadena, and Jason Ramos, of Pasadena, who are both directors at the South Pasadena-San Marino YMCA. Also participating are Marco Pulido of Chino Hills, a foster youth agency supervisor, and Sarah Schiffman of Las Vegas, a Nevada courts mediator.
Rotary District 5300 includes Pasadena east to San Bernardino County and north to Las Vegas. The local team will depart on January 6 and return on February 8, 2013. A Group Study Exchange team from Rotary District 3291 in Calcutta will reciprocate and visit District 5300 in April and May of 2013.