ATLANTA (Oct. 26, 2009) – Two professionals from Jackson Spalding, a marketing communications firm headquartered in Atlanta, will join Rotarians from across metro Atlanta on vocational and humanitarian exchanges in coming months. Bryan Long and Whitney Miller will visit Haiti and India respectively, beginning with Long’s visit to Haiti Oct. 27 – Nov. 1, 2009.
Long, a board member of Midtown Atlanta Rotary Club, was selected to represent the organization on a humanitarian aid trip with Pure Water for the World. The trip will include visiting homes, schools and other Pure Water for the World project sites. It also will include a meeting with Management Sciences for Health and a tour of Cité Soleil, a shanty town in Port-au-Prince where most of the estimated 200,000 to 300,000 residents live in extreme poverty.
Prior to joining Jackson Spalding in 2006, Long was a reporter and editor with CNN.com, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. He is a native of Troy, Ala. and a 1997 graduate of the University of Alabama.
Whitney Miller was selected by District 6900 of Rotary International to represent the organization in India as part of the 2010 Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange (GSE). Miller will join three fellow nominees and one Rotarian team lead in her travels to Gujarat, the western-most state in India, from Jan. 2 – Feb. 1, 2010. The GSE is a unique cultural and vocational exchange for young professionals aged 25 to 40. Exchange members experience the host country’s culture and institutions, observe how their vocations are practiced abroad, develop personal and professional relationships and exchange ideas.
Miller joined Jackson Spalding after spending time at CNN and NBC. Originally from Owensboro, Ky., she graduated summa cum laude from Agnes Scott College in 2003. She is the second Jackson Spalding employee selected for this prestigious program – former employee Manda Hunt toured Vietnam with the organization in 2006.
“Jackson Spalding has a strong history with Rotary, so we’re honored to have two of our team members selected for these trips,” said Glen Jackson, co-founder of Jackson Spalding. “Whitney and Bryan will represent our firm and Rotary in flawless fashion and give back in tangible ways. All of us at JS are incredibly proud of them.”
About Rotary International:
Rotary International is a volunteer organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service, and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. There are approximately 1.2 million Rotary club members belonging to 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Rotary clubs exist to improve communities through a range of humanitarian, intercultural and educational activities. Clubs advance international understanding by partnering with clubs in other countries. Rotary also encourages high ethical standards in all vocations. Rotary clubs address critical issues at home and abroad by providing health care and medical supplies, clean water, food, job training, youth development, and education to millions of people in need.