The Rotary Club is an organization of service clubs known as the Rotary Clubs located all over the world. There are more than 32,000 clubs in more than 200 countries, and there are over 1.2 million members world-wide. The members of Rotary Clubs are known as Rotarians. The stated purpose of the organization is to bring together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian service, enough high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Members usually meet weekly for breakfast, lunch or dinner, which is a social event as well as an opportunity to organize work on their service goals. Rotary's best-known motto is "Service above Self", and its secondary motto is "They profit most who serve best".
On May 7, four people from the Rotary Club in England visited DongGuk University (DGU). They were Amanda Watkin, who is a team leader, Paula Jenkins, Callum Jones and Elmi Du Toit. Amanda is a founding member of the Rotary Club of Hitchin Tilehouse and operates her own company called PeopleRealm specializing in Human Resource Training and Development. Others who were with Amanda are not members of the same Rotary Club but they supported her from their own resident clubs. Paula who is a midwife, was sponsored by Cheshan Rotary Club. Callum who is a journalist was sponsored by the Aylesbury Hundreds Rotary Club and Elmi who works as a sports manager, was sponsored by Rickmansworth Rotary Club.
The four people from England participated in two classes at DGU in the morning and evening. In the morning they took part in an English Literature's class lectured by professor Hwang Hoon-sung. The professor said "my students had a little difficulty getting used to English pronunciation and it would have been better if students were more eager to participate."
In the afternoon class the Rotary visited a sociology major class taught by professor Yang Young-jin. After introducing the Rotary Club, students and the members asked questions about the politics, culture and people of Korea and England. One of the students asked Callum, who is a journalist in England, how the local newspaper works in his country. Callum said "England is the same as Korea. There seems to be less people reading the newspaper. National newspaper sometimes cannot cover all the local news so the local newspaper does that. We try to report what is happening in the local area and community."
After attending two classes, the visitors also had a chance to visit two temples in DGU -Jeonggakwon and Daekakjeon.
The last part of the session was a visit to the press at DGU. They wanted to see how the university press works and share the experiences.
It was a very unique experience for foreigners visiting DGU and a chance to share their stories with the students. Hopefully there will be more chances like this in the future.
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