Rotary GRSP student gives farewell speech

Published 4:49 pm Tuesday, April 17, 2018

By way of introduction, Stacey Cunningham spoke briefly about how much she and her husband Garrett enjoyed being Rotary host parents for this year’s GRSP student, Olivia Mulvey, of Manchester, England.

She then turned the microphone over to Olivia who reported to the Rotary club members through a series of photos, about  her life in Southwest Georgia as a student at Valdosta State University.

She spoke of the trips they took, of her relationships with other GRSP students and named a few of her favorite things about her time here. Along with other students she made trips to the beach, to New York City and during Spring Break she and friends went to the Florida Keys.

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She named her favorite things about being here, and what she misses most from home happens to be chocolate.

The things she will miss most from here are the friendships she has made.

Most of all she thanked the Rotary Club for making her experience possible and special thanks to Stacy and Garrett for making her feel at home.

Each year since 1946 Rotarians in Georgia have worked to promote world peace through understanding by offering scholarships to international students for one year of study in Georgia colleges and universities.

The students become adopted members of a Georgia host family, but live on campus during the school days.

In District 6900, the Bainbridge GRSP student is shared with the Rotary Clubs of Pelham and Camilla.

Bainbridge Rotary was host for the first time to the GRSP Conclave in August of 2017. Approximately 60 international students stayed in the homes of local Rotarians for two days, working together to get acquainted and to practice for a program descriptive of each country represented, as well as a unison performance.