Club hears from Wales student

Published 9:09 pm Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tuesday’s speaker at the Bainbridge Rotary Club meeting will likely win the prize for traveling the longest distance to speak.

Beth Wellsbury, from Wales in the United Kingdom, is a participant in the Georgia Rotary Student Program (GRSP) and shared a little about her home and family with the Rotarians.

Wellsbury is spending this year studying at Valdosta State University through a program sponsored by Georgia’s Rotary Clubs that offers scholarships for international students. Since the program started in 1946, the Bainbridge Rotary Club has contributed $74,000 to the program, according to Marlene Free, who co-chairs the GRSP committee with her husband, Dean, for the local club.

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Wellsbury is sponsored by four South Georgia Rotary Clubs—Bainbridge, Cairo, Camilla and Pelham—and speaks to each club twice during the year.

During her time in Bainbridge, she participated in the Rivers Alive cleanup on Saturday morning with about 30 other people. Later on Saturday afternoon, Wellsbury experienced the Flint River from a boat with Rotarians Bo and Ginger Jones, along with their children.

Wellsbury’s home in Wales is converted mill that dates back to the 1800s that still has water running through the home. She shares the home with her parents, an older sister, and a younger brother. In Wales, Wellsbury said children attend school for a total of 15 years.

In south Georgia until May, when the current program ends, Wellsbury will be back in Bainbridge to spend the Thanksgiving holidays at the home of Dean and Marlene Free.