Rotary youth exchange program celebrated
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 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 very active in the Rotary Youth Exchange program. Every year the club hosts a foreign student at the homes of club members. The current inbound student is Italo Ferreira of Brazil. He has been living with the family of Tony and Teri Grasso since January. He immediately bonded with his new “brother,” Christopher Grasso. The relationships that form with the host families are very strong and can last a lifetime. It also is amazing how fast these students from other countries are accepted by their peers.
The club celebrated Rotary Youth Exchange during a recent meeting. Past Rotary International President Cliff Dochterman and current District 5190 Gov. Bob Hartsfield attended the festivities. The new outbound Rotary student, Christopher Grasso, a 2003 graduate of George Whittell High School, addressed the club. Grasso, who will be spending next year in Poland, is very excited about the opportunity. Also attending the celebration were Ferreira and Max Glasson, who spend a year in Denmark as part of the student exchange program.
The Student Youth Exchange is just one of many humanitarian services that make up Rotary International.
Also during the meeting, Tahoe-Douglas Rotary Club member, Tim Buscher, was presented the Quiet Rotarian Award by District 5190 Gov. Bob Hartsfield for his behind-the-scenes contributions to Rotary. Buscher has been a member of the club for two years and has been treasurer both years. He selflessly gives of his time at each meeting when he handles the check-ins at the front table along with other duties.
Anyone who would encourage high ethical standards and would like to help build good will and peace in the world will find joining a Rotary club the best place to start. For more information about Rotary call Conrad, Buedel, president, at (775) 749-1033.