RUMFORD — River Valley Rotary hosted the Group Study Exchange Team from Hong Kong from April 21-25. River Valley Rotary GSE committee members Richard Allen, Bill Gates, Catherine Johnson, Jane Bubar, Becky Hall, Jerry Cohen, Kelly Greene and Joe Sirois of River Valley Rotary and Steve Wight of Bethel Rotary collaborated and organized host families, activities and professional vocation opportunities for an exchange of information. Host families opened up their homes.

Rumford Community Hospital opened its doors to the visitors and allowed them one-on-one time with colleagues, doctors and medical staff, as well as a facility tour with lunch provided by RCH.

In the early 1960s, the Rotary International Trustees began considering programs for non-Rotarians that would promote international goodwill and understanding. One plan was for small groups of young business and professional men and women to travel from one Rotary district to a district in another country. In the nearly five decades since, more than 70,000 young men and women have traveled the globe as part of Group Study Exchange teams. For more information, visit

River Valley Rotary meets at 7:30 a.m. every Tuesday for a breakfast meeting at 49 Franklin St., Rumford, and at 4 p.m. every third Tuesday for a social meeting at the same location. Visitors welcome, or visit

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