Michael: I Joined Rotary to See the World

Posted on January 23rd, by Rusty Pile in Member Stories. No Comments

Michael visits the Playa Ancha Rotary Club in Valparaiso, Chile

Michael visits the Playa Ancha Rotary Club in Valparaiso, Chile

Michael Sherron is a Scottsdale-based software engineer and young Rotarian who initially found Rotary as a way to see the world.

In 2007, the only thing Michael knew was that he wanted to travel, and he wanted to grow as a professional. He wasn’t familiar with Rotary, but he soon found a Rotary program called Group Study Exchange (GSE). GSE is a cultural and vocational change between the ages of 25 and 40. During four or six weeks, professionals travel to another country and immerse themselves in their business overseas, develop professional relationships and exchange ideas.

In 2008, Michael departed on a fully funded exchange trip in Japan.

“The program is absolutely incredible,” says Michael when asked about his experiences. “I spent time with Japanese engineers and learned how people in the same field approach similar problems in a unique ways based on cultural differences.”

Michael spent six weeks traveling all over Japan, taking in the culture and learning about Rotary. Upon his return he joined a Rotaract club (Rotary for young professionals 18-30) and soon founded a new club for young professionals, Camelback Crossroads.

“The trip definitely changed the direction of my life. The trip was a huge opportunity for me, but more than my personal gain the trip served a larger purpose within Rotary. GSE encourages peace through international understanding and culture, and by being in Rotary we are all working toward that end goal of a more peaceful world.”

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