Rotary club plays host to Australian visitors

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The Rotary Club of Aboyne and Upper Deeside played host to a Rotary Group Study Exchange (GSE) team from New South Wales last week.

Young professionals are sponsored by their local Rotary clubs and supported to enable them to take part in the programme.

They are visiting a number of clubs throughout the north of Scotland, staying a few days at a time with Rotary members, who arrange work visits to enable them to learn from the way their professions are practised in Scotland.

They also gave an interesting and informative presentation to the Aboyne and Upper Deeside Club about their home country.

Pictured is the team, with local Rotarians, during a rest day at the Deeside Activity Park, where they all enjoyed trying out archery and axe throwing.

GSEs are one of a number of programmes organised by Rotary around the world to support the development of young people. The return GSE group from Scotland will be going out to New South Wales next February.

This is the first time Aboyne and Upper Deeside club has hosted a GSE team but they enjoyed it, so hope to host another team in the future.

The Australians found the professional development valuable, although they may not find opportunities at home to practise their new skills of axe-throwing!