Fall 2011

Hi again, it’s been quite a few months since the last blog!

We had a wonderful although wet summer… Two summer Youth Exchange students, Matt & Ashley, shared exchanges with their counterparts in Italy, and apparently had a very enjoyable time.

Jessie arrived from Switzlerland at the end of August and immediately settled in her home in Fair Lawn with her host family, the Malkins. Todd Malkin is an active Rotarian in the Fair Lawn club, so stays on top of everthing, even creating a nice room for Jessie where there was none before! Jessie now has two host sisters Diana & Kristina, host Mom Lisa & even a grandmother who bakes the best treats!

We all loved meeting Jessie – delightful, smart, cheery, and she speaks five languages!

Jessie was able to visit NYC in the week before school – which she loved! She then had the typical first day of school at Fair Lawn HS – the students of course had no idea she was an exchange student, as we have such a diverse population natively! But she quickly became involved in school activities by joining the dance team, so now has quite a few friends, even a best friend, important for lunch period…

We had a very nice welcome party at our YE Chair Gloria’s house at the beginning of Oct., then planned but had to postpone our usual Oct. weekend at Long Beach Island – it will be held in the Spring instead.

Jessie and Kei, who spent last year in Japan, met each other and they both helped with showing off Youth Exchange at our annual Interact Conference — what a terrific sales team! They also came with Larraine and me on a beautiful Saturday afternoon to visit the Storm King Art Center – quite a nice day and photo op!

Next to come is Rotary UN Day, on Nov. 5, always an eventful day… Jessie will finally have a chance to meet some of many Youth Exchange students in other districts – from even as far as Canada – all of whom travel to this special annual Rotary event. That evening is our contribution to the pasta dinner for the 20,000 runners taking part in Sunday’s NYC Marathon! More people to meet!

To be continued soon…

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