This fall, the Newton Rotary Club hosted a Group Student Exchange Team from Rotary District 1210, Great Britain.


This fall, the Newton Rotary Club hosted a Group Student Exchange Team from Rotary District 1210, Great Britain.

The team visited Newton businesses and professional people according to each members profession and special interests. Their professions were physician, lawyer, guidance counselor, local government administration and victims care officer. The team leader was a retired Anglican clergyman.

The team also took a tour of Newton, AGCO of Hesston, the county courthouse, the Harvey County Detention Center, Warkentin House, Asbury Park Green Houses and the Eisenhower Museum in Abilene.

The team was treated to an old-fashioned weiner roast at the Classen farm.

“They just loved the Classen’s farmstead and were spellbound by the size of everything on the farm,” a news release said. “They found the Midwest a great place to visit and were really surprised to find such large homes and gardens. ... They also loved the friendliness of everyone they met and told us this was really different because in Great Britain so many people live in such a small area.”

The team presented a PowerPoint presentation to Rotarians and guests about the communities in Great Britain they represented.

More than 2,000 people travel each year through Rotary group study exchanges. The program provides grants for teams of non-Rotarian business and professional persons from paired Rotary Districts o spend four to six weeks abroad.

Steve Johnson, president of Newton Rotary Club, and David Yoder, past president and chair of the Newton International Committee, coordinated the team’s visit to Newton.

While in Newtonteam members stayed with Dave and Olive Hanna, Dwight and Connie Claassen and Frank and Kathy Stucky. Tour guides for their visit were Frank Stucky, David Yoder, Steve Johnson and David Nygaard.