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New Zealanders tour Estherville

By Staff | May 7, 2011

A Group Study Exchange from New Zealand met with Estherville Rotarians Friday at Iowa Lakes Community College. Pictured are, front row, left to right: Jim Scott, Rachel Dodd, Iowa Lakes and Rotary president Jan Lund and Sheryl Ford. Back row, left to right: Iowa Lakes Community College president Val Newhouse, Cath Millar, Steve Knight and Iowa Lakes Estherville campus dean Darin Moeller. EDN photo by Michael Tidemann

Five New Zealanders toured Estherville as part of a Group Study Exchange program sponsored by Rotary International.

The group included Rotarian Jim Scott who was accompanied by Cath Millar, Steve Knight, Rachel Dodd and Cheryl Ford.

The group met with Spirit Lake Rotarians Thursday before meeting in Estherville Friday to tour the Iowa Lakes Community College wind turbine and energy technology program, the Regional Wellness Center, the Estherville Public Library and other points of interest. At noon the group met with Estherville Rotarians who exchanged notes with their guests on every topic ranging from viticulture to the price of gas in New Zealand – $10 a gallon.

Scott, retired for two years now, formerly worked as a guidance and career counselor.

Dodd, an architect, is now working on a new medical center.

Millar, a nurse, oversees a 26-bed surgical ward at Southern Cross Hospital.

Knight, a graduate of Lincoln University, is in the processing of taking his vineyard and winemaking business internationally.

Ford is working for the Cancer Society in New Zealand. She grew up on a sheep farm and now lives in Christchurch.

Jan Lund, president of both the Iowa Lakes Community College Board of Trustees and Estherville Rotary, presented the group with jackets with the Iowa Lakes logo and other momentos.