Sarah Meyer, community outreach coordinator for the Finger Lakes Institute, will travel to Africa in a Rotary International Group Study Exchange program, May 10-June 11. Her trip is sponsored in part by the Geneva Rotary Club.
During the exchange visit, she will spend five days on vocational visits, making club presentations, attending formal meetings and social events while devoting up to four hours each day on cultural and site tours.
“I have a long-term professional and personal commitment to promoting and creating an awareness of soil and water conservation and preservation through education and public service, she said, explaining why she wanted to visit Africa.
“I am most curious to learn about the historic and present issues involving water management in Africa, and the approaches that are actively taken to ensure sufficient drinking water quality and quantity.
This year, the team from Rotary District 7120, which includes 11 counties in the Finger Lakes region, will be exchanging with District 9210, which includes the southern African nations of Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and the northern half of Mozambique. A group from that district will visit the Rochester area in April.
Meyer was appointed Community Outreach Coordinator for the FLI in April 2004. The full-time position is funded by a grant from the Triad Foundation of Ithaca, N.Y.
As Community Outreach Coordinator, Meyer provides leadership and direction for the FLI community outreach program, organizing ongoing lecture series, publications, educational exhibits, and internships for college students and the public.
A native of Geneva, Meyer earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a Masters of Professional Studies, both from State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse University.
Rotary International is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build good will and peace in the world. The Group Study Exchange Program of the Rotary Foundation is an educational program that promotes international understanding through organized travel grants of professionals to exchange visits between paired areas in different countries.
This year’s District 7120 team also includes Kristie Antonitto, photographer for WHAM-TV of Rochester, sponsored by Rochester Rotary; Laurie McFadden, librarian and archivist at Alfred University, Hornell Rotary; TC Pellett, Marketing and Corporate Relations Director at the Seneca Park Zoo Society, Penfield Rotary; Joe Roman, sixth grade science, social studies and reading lab teacher at Wheatland-Chili Central School, Scottsville Rotary; and Jeannie Wells, team leader, a retired nurse, Fairport Rotary Club.