27 Feb 2017 — Maggie Gross, Speaker (live), Rotary Youth Exhange


Effective July 1, 2016, by new Rotary International rule, Clubs must meet a minimum of twice each month, regardless of format (in person or online) or date/time. Accordingly, our Club has adopted a policy of two meetings per month, on a mid-month Monday at noon and the usual Fourth Sunday in-person meeting. If time and topic call for additional online Programs, we will be pleased to provide them.


SUNDAY, MARCH 19 — 10:00 pm to 4:00 pmEighteenth ONE MORE ITEM FOOD DRIVE, Gelson’s Sherman Oaks.

SUNDAY, MARCH 26 — 12:30 pm to 2:00 pmOur FOURTH SUNDAY meeting for March! Special guest speaker: Mike Simmons, President, Astronomers Without Borders. LOCATION: Denny’s Sherman Oaks, corner of Burbank and Sepulveda Boulevards.










One of the more popular Rotary International programs is Rotary Youth Exchange. Our Club has enjoyed meeting visiting Youth Exchange Students at our meetings, and we had the opportunity to chat with a student from here while he was visiting Belgium.

In his book “The ABCs of Rotary,” Past RI President Cliff Dochterman explains the basics of Rotary Youth Exchange:

“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.”

During our Fourth Sunday Meeting for February, we enjoyed our first chance to learn from a former Rotary Youth Exchange student about her experience a few years ago, start to finish, and how it impact her life then and continues to benefit her Maggie Gross, from a small town in Northern California, enjoyed her Junior year of high school in Tres Arroyos, Argentina.

A brief question-and-answer session follows the main video.


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Q&A Session:

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4 responses to 27 Feb 2017 — Maggie Gross, Speaker (live), Rotary Youth Exhange

  1. Such a nice young lady and wonderful presentation. Thanks, Maggie! The future looks bright knowing people like you will be there.

  2. Maggie was wonderful!! It was great to hear about her fabulous experiences as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student.

  3. I enjoyed listening to Maggie’s stories during our meeting. She is inspirational and embodies the positive energy that a Rotarian can share with others. I look forward to hearing about her future endeavors.

  4. Sorry we could not be at the meeting, Maggie’s talk was great.

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