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Rotary sends contingent to Japan

October 23, 2012|By Joyce Rudolph
  • The members of the Rotary District 5280 Group Study Exchange program now visiting Japan are, from left, Eddie Michino, Angela Kim, Jewel Price, Kai Tramiel and Alen Andriassian.
The members of the Rotary District 5280 Group Study Exchange… (Photo by Makiko…)

Members of Rotary's 2012 District 5280 Group Study Exchange are now visiting Japan to learn about the culture and to compare business practices so they can bring new ideas back to their career fields. The program is funded by a grant from Rotary International.

Participants in the four-week exchange program are Eddie Michino, Angela Kim, Jewel Price, Alen Andriassian and Kai Tramiel. Price, dean of Student Services at Glendale Community College, is the leader of the contingent and a member of the Glendale Sunrise Rotary Club. She is the only Rotarian in the group. Andriassian is program manager of Student Outreach and Assessment at GCC.

The program is a vocational exchange for young professionals, Price said.

“My team members — I think the youngest is 32 and the oldest is 35 — so they are in the early stages of their careers,” she said.

Team members will be visiting businesses in their fields to learn how similar jobs are done in Japan. Price, who works at GCC, will be visiting community colleges and universities, she said.


They will also travel to many Japanese Rotary clubs to learn what philanthropic projects they are doing in their country, said exchange committee Chairwoman Makiko Nakasone, past president of the Glendale Noon Rotary Club and a former ambassadorial scholar.

This year's team will travel to two prefectures at the foot of Mount Fuji, Nakasone said. They will go to the Shizuoka prefecture, a home of the two piano giants Yamaha and Kawai, and the Yamanashi prefecture, which is famous for tasty table grapes and wine.

“It is my own home district and I can guarantee our Group Study Exchange team will experience hospitality the Japanese Rotarian way,” she said. “It will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

In the spring, the district will host a team from Japan's District 2620, and all Rotarians in the district will have an opportunity to meet and interact with that contingent.

Follow the group's adventures by visiting their blog at

For more information on becoming a part of this experience, contact

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The bride is the daughter of Michael and Susan Pratt of La Crescenta. The groom is the son of Harold and Peggy Spieckermann of Joplin, Mo.

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