Special guests at our June 12 meeting speaking on their Rotary Youth Exchange Program experiences include (L-R) Annie (student from Mexico), Isabel (outbound student from Cedar Rapids), Iowa Rotary Youth Exchange Director Elizabeth Daly, Lon Weber (host family from Belle Plaine), Augusto (student from Brazil), and Jody Weber (host family from Belle Plaine)
DRC members Jeni Grouws and Ward Budweg, with the assistance of Iowa Rotary Youth Exchange Director Elizabeth Daly and other welcome guests of the club, gifted us with insights into the Rotary Youth Exchange Program and provided an update on the local initiative to institute involvement by our club in the Program. Our guests included a host family from Belle Plaine, Lon and Jody Weber, and several students both inbound and outbound who were able to share their interesting, captivating, and moving personal experiences both as hosts and as current and prospective exchange students. Our club extends its sincere thanks to Jeni and Ward for their energy and leadership of this initiative and to all of the co-presenters who gave our members a new appreciation of the many positive aspects of the Program.
Photo credit: Jeni Grouws