Summer 2012

Summer … August 17, 2012

Well it’s been nearly a year since my last entry… Lots of activity all year, will just summarize it.

Our Youth Exchange program was quieter locally with only one student, but we coordinated multiple activities throughout the year with neighboring districts and their exchange students. Jessie got to meet quite a few other exchange students, and also made a lot of friends in her high school.

Jessie stayed for nearly the entire year with the Malkins in Fair Lawn. I had the opportunity to take her on a few trips, the last one being a day at Mohonk, with some Rotary people, Larraine & Ben. She loved the rock scrambling, in particular the Labyrinth & Lemon Squeeze!

Jessie took the Belo USA West Coast trip after school ended, with a multitude of Rotary exchange students from around the country – this was the highlight of the year.

Before that she had graduation ceremonies at Fair Lawn High School – lots of pictures of her in her red graduation robe, with family and friends! And before that was Prom! I think that was the real highlight of the year!!

Jessie headed home to Switzerland mid July – almost had to leave some luggage behind (had 4 bags!), but made it OK. On her departure we were sad and happy at the same time.

Oh, then she went on vacation to Portugal after she got settled at home … I saw the pictures, it was beautiful, would love to go there someday… We’re keeping in touch.


Now the new exchange year!

We have some new committee members and a new Youth Exchange chair – Alicia Sansarricq is a whirlwind and the year is progressing rapidly and well… We will be doing a lot of exchange promotion this year, including visits to Rotary clubs & schools, and a new website. We will also try to do more with other districts, as that was a real help last year for Jessie to meet other exchange students.

I attended the summer ESSEX conference in Vermont in July – very informative, and a beautiful setting – really cool rides we had no time to take advantage of… (zip line, wheeled toboggan, high dive into a big bag, etc.)


We have two exchange students this year, and two new exchange towns! Emilie Henrard from Belgium will be living in Wayne and attending Wayne Valley High School, and Luis Palmieri from Brazil will be living in Teaneck and attending Teaneck High. Both first host families – the Schroeders in Wayne and the Pateks in Teaneck are wonderful people and really looking forward to the experience.

In fact, Emilie arrived yesterday at Newark, tired from her trip of course, and a delight to meet! Barbara Schroeder (host mom), Joe Graziano (Wayne YEO) and I were there with our Rotary banner. We got a few welcome photos and Emilie headed to Wayne to get settled and get some rest. Today she’s visiting the UN in NYC with Alicia, our YE committee chair.

Luis will be arriving in a week and a half, so we’ll have a nice group to greet him as well.

We have a good schedule of activities set up, so once the year begins, it should be pretty busy! I’ll try to write a bit more soon to fill in on everything we have planned.

So à bientôt, until next time…


Holiday lights in NYC


Passover at my house


Telling a German class all about Youth Exchange




Washington DC, our District Convention


Visiting Kati, a former exchange student, in school in MD


Our final BBQ – with Sandra from Germany & Alicia


Farewell to family & friends…


Bags checked, headed home…



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