25 August 2014 — Melodie Genty (Live), visiting Rotary Youth Exchange Student


Those of you who attended our August Fourth Sunday meeting were treated to a very special double bill.  The Rotary E-Club of the Greater San Fernando Valley held its first induction of 2014-15, conducted by our own Rotary E-Club member PDG Nancy Schmidt, and are thrilled to finally welcome Daniele Della Gala as an official member of our dynamic team.


Next, kicking off the Rotary theme of New Generations Month, we had the honor to welcome a Rotary Youth Exchange student as our guest speaker.  Melodie Genty, a poised and articulate high school senior from New Caledonia, graciously represented her country in an informal question and answer with Club members and guests.  She not only provided information and facts about her home country previously unknown to many of those present, but also freely offered some interesting impressions of her visit in our country.


Linda Catran
President, 2014-2015


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 — 7:00pm to 10:00pm — FIFTH ANNUAL DANCE FOR THE CHILDREN, in support of The Rotary Foundation’s PolioPlus Fund and continuing the eradication of polio, Arthur Murray Sherman Oaks, 4633 Van Nuys Boulevard, just south of the 101 in Sherman Oaks.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 — 12:30pm to 2:00pm — Our FOURTH SUNDAY meeting for September! We have a special program planned, focused on “Vocational Service” (October is Vocational Service Month in Rotary and we’ll kick it off with this program), understanding how we use our businesses and professions in the furtherance of service. The Fireplace Room at Denny’s, 5525 Sepulveda Boulevard in Sherman Oaks.


President Linda, Daniele, Past President Sara (Daniele's sponsor), and PDG Nancy.

President Linda Catran, new Member Daniele Della Gala, Past President Sara  Vasquez (Daniele’s sponsor), and PDG Nancy Schmidt.









On Sunday, August 24, the Club welcomed a friend of many months as the newest member of the family.  Daniele Della Gala becomes the newest Rotarian in the world, but more importantly the newest member of the team known as The Rotary E-Club of The Greater San Fernando Valley.  In a room packed with family, friends, and now fellow Rotarians, Daniele was formally inducted by our own Nancy Schmidt, Past District Governor.

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Our special guest speaker this month, presented to you today as our weekly online program, was Ms. Melodie Genty, a Rotary Youth Exchange Student from New Caledonia, spending an academic year here in the San Fernando Valley.  She is being hosted by the Rotary Club of Calabasas.

There’s no one better to explain Rotary Youth Exchange in general than Past Rotary International President Cliff Dochterman, in his amazing book The ABCs of Rotary:

“Rotary Youth Exchange is one of the most popular programs to promote international understanding and develop lifelong friendships. Beginning in 1927 with the Rotary Club of Nice, France, exchanges in Europe continued until World War II and resumed in 1946. In 1939, an extensive Youth Exchange was created between California, USA, and Latin America. Since then, the program has expanded around the world. In recent years, more than 7,000 young people have participated annually in Rotary club- and district-sponsored exchange programs.

“The values of Youth Exchange are experienced not only by the high-school-age students involved but also by the host families, sponsor clubs, receiving high schools, and the entire community. Youth Exchange participants usually provide their fellow students in their host schools with excellent opportunities to learn about customs, languages, traditions, and family life in another country.

“Youth Exchange offers young people interesting opportunities and rich experiences to see another part of the world. Students spend a full academic year abroad through the long-term exchange program. A growing number of clubs and districts are sponsoring short-term exchanges of several weeks or months.

“A structured program of RI since 1974, Youth Exchange is a highly recommended activity for all Rotary clubs to enhance international understanding and goodwill.”

We hope you’ll enjoy our conversation with Melodie here on video as much as we enjoyed it live at our Fourth Sunday.

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5 responses to 25 August 2014 — Melodie Genty (Live), visiting Rotary Youth Exchange Student

  1. Quite informative and enjoyable!

  2. Melodie’s talk was honest and inciteful. It saddened me to hear that our educational system is so behind from the rest of the European countries and it’s commonwealth. I wonder if she would have had a different opinion if she attended a high school in a more affluent area as opposed to Canoga Park.

  3. It was very interesting! I did not know anything about New Caledonia. That was very informative. I also agree with Richard on the educational system (comment above). It is very sad and I regularly hear about this problem (from european attending american high schools). However, american universities are also the most known among the world. So, I suppose that it balances a bit things out.

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