Bob Clendenin

Rotary

Korean Group Study Exchange

 
Spending four weeks in Rotary District 6960, Southwest Florida, four young business people and a Rotarian Team Leader from District 3600 in Korea, participate in this business exchange program.  These pictures tell the story of the second week, which is  spent in Charlotte County.

On Saturday morning, we meet host families from Sarasota, taking on luggage and witnessing tearful good-bye's.  From there, we lunch in a open-air restaurant in Punta Gorda and that evening, bowling in Port Charlotte.

Sunday morning brunch is followed by a
walk along the Peace River.  When we walked into Claudia and Ron Thomas' ice cream store, Ron (a GSE alumni) said, "What a coincidence!  This afternoon only, we have a Special!  Free ice cream for all GSE members from Korea."
 

 
 
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leaving Sarasota, arriving in Punta Gorda

 
 


Sunday evening GSE Host and Past President of the Rotary Club of Waterville, Maine, Jo Dennis, shows us a very special wooden platter.  Carved with the Rotary emblem and a Japanese garden scene, the platter is engraved with the words, "To Mr. Percy Hodgson, President Rotary International, From Hiroshima Rotary Club, Sept. 27, 1949."

Team Members Byoung-In Doo (John), Un-Mi Lee (Emily), Chul-Ho Jang (Charles), Team Leader Myeong-Gon Kang (Gon) and Tae-

Sun Hwang (Hwan) are photographed with Area Governors Mark Zehr and Barbie Arbour.
 

 

 

 
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chasing Blair into the Banyan tree

 
 


Monday morning, while Veterinarian Gon visits a local animal hospital, the other members assemble at the Blood Bank, then go to the Sun Newspaper (click here to view the newspaper article about this visit), followed by a trip to Gulf Contours, builders of cabinet tops and doors.  MDF, we learn, is Medium Density Fiberboard.  Nearby Arcadia Aerospace tests carbon fiber aircraft components.
 

 
 
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Sherry and John at the Blood Bank

 
 


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unch is at Skyview Cafe, followed by tours of the Experimental Aircraft Association's building, the new control tower and the fire station.
 

 
 
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photographic opportunity

 
 


Relaxing at the end of the busy day, we discuss what to do for supper and decide to hold "chicken night" at our house since everyone will wake early Tuesday for the first Rotary presentation of the week.
 

 
 
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Happy Hour at Punta Gorda Elks Tiki Bar

 
 


Tuesday calls for two Rotary presentations (click here to see the Harbor Rotary bulletin on the day of their program) and a ranch tour in Arcadia.  Afterwards, we stop at Nav-A-Gator for a late supper.

On Wednesday morning, another meeting and a tour of the Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies and its Reuse Center.  Members of the GSE Team made a generous contribution to C.A.R.E. to show their appreciation.  After lunch, a tour of the County Historical Center and Charlotte High School.

 

 
 
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the team shows an appreciation for old cars while leaving Charlotte County Cultural Center

 
 


Though students are on spring break, our tour with new principal Richard Shafer is very informative, especially for John, a high school science teacher.

At the event center, the team finds the golf sale especially appealing.

 

 
 
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right after John asks me about the word mischievous

 
 


Early Thursday is the presentation at Murdock Rotary, followed by a tour of Light Ideas with John Roberts and another museum visit.
 

 
 
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Event Center parking lot

 
 


The last presentation of the week, is at Punta Gorda, newly consolidated with Port Charlotte Rotary.  Don Helt takes the team for a boat ride and many dolphin sightings.
 

 
 
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Hwan sets up the presentation

 

 
 


Thursday evening's visit is to a virtually unknown tourist destination, Julie and Mike Riley's house.
 

 
 
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the team can't wait to have pictures taken with BoogieMan Mike

 

 
 

On Friday, lunch is served at Weiler Engineering, followed by a business meeting with Punta Gorda City Manager Howard Kunik.

 
 
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Charles, Hwan and Emily listen as Todd Helt answers questions about civil engineering

 
 


Following supper with all team members and hosts, everyone goes home to pack.

Saturday morning is our last moment together, as the Korean GSE Team drives to greet District 6960's team who are readying themselves for their trip to Korea, and to meet new hosts for their upcoming week in Cape Coral. (click here to view the the Harbor Rotary bulletin for the following Tuesday)

 

 
 
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Emily gives a kiss of appreciation

 
     

Bob Clendenin

Rotary