Rotary exchange student enjoys Tahoe experience |

Rotary exchange student enjoys Tahoe experience

Provided to the TribuneAndrew Jackson, a Rotary Youth Exchange student from South Africa, shares a smile with his Tahoe Douglas Rotary host families. From left are Susan and Richard Glasson, Kathy and Dan Spano, Jackson, and Rick and Pam Lusby.

The most powerful force in the promotion of international understanding and peace is exposure to different cultures. Every year, Rotary Youth Exchange provides more than 8,000 young people from 82 countries with the opportunity

to meet and live with people from other lands. They experience their cultures and plant the seeds for a lifetime of international peace.

The Tahoe Douglas Rotary Club is continuing this great tradition by hosting a wonderful young man by the name of Andrew Jackson. Andrew is from Kempton Park, a suburb of Johannesburg in South Africa with a population of one

million. He arrived on January 19, 2002, for a one-year stay. He is currently living with Dan and Kathy Spano. Previously, Andrew stayed with Susan and Richard Glasson and he will spend his last months in the United States with Rick and Pam Lusby. He is a regular guest at the Rotary meetings on Fridays and has attended all of the club’s special events.

Andrew has enjoyed many wonderful experiences at Lake Tahoe. He loved the winter season with all the snow and learned how to ride a snowboard and ice skate. This summer, he has been water skiing, wakeboarding, mountain boarding, sailing, biking and swimming in the lake. He has visited five different states so far including a trip to Disneyland in California.

Andrew is a student at George Whittell High School where he has many new friends. He ran on the track team and sang in the Black and White Choir last school year. He is currently doing cross-country. Andrew has made the most of his once-in-a-lifetime experience as a Rotary Exchange Student. He is

looking forward to returning to Lake Tahoe in two years to visit all his new friends.

The Student Youth Exchange is just one of many incredible humanitarian programs that make up Rotary International. If you encourage high ethical standards and like to help build good will and peace in the world, joining a Rotary club is the best place to start. Call Conrad Buedel at (775) 749-1033

for details.

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