May 22, 2014 – Meeting Roundup – Mora Garay
This week we will have the pleasure of listening to our exchange student from Argentina, Mora Garay, while enjoying our desserts at the Purple Iris. Mora will be telling us about her past year as an exchange student with our club.
Mora is from Corrientes, Argentina, which is in the northeast corner of Argentina. As part of the subtropical area of Mesopotamia, the province has heavy rains and high temperatures with little daily and seasonal variation. It must have been quite a shock for Mora to experience this past winter, which, to say the least, was cold and snowy.
This past year she first stayed with Rich and Judy McCune the first half; and with Bob and Kathleen Trumble the second half. A special thanks goes to both families, although I’m sure they would all tell you it was one of the most rewarding experiences they have had.
Has she enjoyed her stay in our community? What is her impression of American schools? We know she participated in cross country running. What other activities did she enjoy? Was it fun going to a school that won its fourth straight football championship? Did she enjoy American style football as opposed to the game played with the funny looking round ball?
Did she make it to any of the great tourist sites the east coast has to offer? Did she go to New York City as many of our other exchange students have in the past? Other sites that come to mind are Washington and Disney World. Did Mora get a chance to try winter sports such as snowboarding, skiing, and tubing? What did she think about what may have been her first exposure to snow? Argentina gets snow, but much farther south than where she lives.
Being a Rotary exchange student is the opportunity of a lifetime. Costs vary from country to country. Local Rotary clubs generously host students and provide room and board with a host family and a small monthly stipend. Participants are generally responsible for: round-trip airfare, insurance, travel documents (such as passports and visas), and spending money, additional travel, and tour fees. The rest is provided by Rotary and the host club.
Exchanges are for people ages 15–19 who: have demonstrated leadership in their school and community, are flexible and willing to try new things, are open to cultural differences, and can serve as an ambassador for their own country.
Our club was the first in District 735 (that was our district’s designation at the time) to start an exchange program under the guidance of the late N. Blaine Groves in the 1960s. Since that time we have always hosted at least one, and sometimes two, exchange students. It has been one of the most rewarding experiences our club has had. Show up at the Purple Iris and find out why.
Since 1972, over 45,000 persons, including 10,000 children and youth, have been provided mental health assistance. Pastoral counseling is not all done by clergy. The counselors must be certified and there are only 12,000 in the entire country.
Answer to last week’s question:
A club assembly is a meeting of the officers, directors, and committee chairmen of a club to coordinate and develop the program of Rotary within the club. Our club also includes the general membership, which is technically a club forum.
This week’s question:
Which committee is responsible for proposing new members?
Beth Leasure-Hudson, a professional cyclist and coach, was a guest of Tom Geiermann. Stephen Christian brought Chris Strovel, Field Representative for Congresswoman Shelley Capito. Matthew Whitler, a lawyer with Martin & Seibert, was a guest of Elaine Bartoldson.
The Installation Banquet is four weeks away (June 19th) and we need to know who is attending. There will be sign-up sheets on the tables, so let us know. Or email your RSVP to me and I’ll forward it.
Penny Porter’s daughter, Paige, is seeking books appropriate for children to be donated to Burke Street School. Penny will be collecting them this month. New or used are both welcome.
Although several additional members have come forward, we still need a few more volunteers for Pancakes for Polio on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26th (that’s this coming Monday). It’s over at 11am with the exception of some cleanup.
On June 13th we will have a “Pick Your Own Charity Luau” at the Purple Iris from 6-9pm. It will feature Polynesian dancers and a fire show. Cost is $55 per adult and $25 per child. We are almost sold out, but can still use a couple of major sponsors.
If you can’t make our meeting, try making up at another club. Shepherdstown (Bavarian Inn) and the Martinsburg Sunrise (Holiday Inn) club meet on Tuesday mornings; Charles Town (Paul’s inside Oakland United Methodist Church) meets Tuesday at noon; and Berkeley Springs (Earth Dog Café) meets Thursday at noon.
We’re down to 8 or 9 cards (not sure which) and the pot is over $600. Larry Pitzer was unable to find the Ten of Diamonds, so he will sell tickets at the Purple Iris this week.