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Brazilian YE Leader Visits Jacksonville
Almost 40 years ago, Ivan Vianna was one of the first Rotary
exchange students to come from Brazil to the US, spending the 1967-68 year
in Montrose, Pennsylvania. Since then, Ivan has become a successful engineer
and businessman, a Rotarian, and a universally recognized leader of Rotary
Youth Exchange in Brazil and around the world.
It was our pleasure to have Ivan visit District 6970 on February 3-4.
After a chilly tour of downtown Jacksonville and the Jax Beach area, Ivan
was the dinner guest of honor at a true Florida landmark, Clark's Fish Camp.
The group of 20 on hand included several members of the District 6970 Youth
Exchange Committee, three of our current Brazilian inbounds, and Laura
Hundersmarck, who will be hosted in District 4760 as part of the newly
selected outbound class of 2007-08.
Ivan's district (4760), in and around Belo Horizonte in Minas Gerais
state, has been an exchange partner of District 6970 for several years. This
year, Floridian Alex Copeland
from High Springs is being hosted in Patos de Minas, while Brazilian
Nathalia Cunha is spending
her year in Jacksonville. The two districts enjoy a wonderful friendship,
and look forward to its continuation for many years to come.
Ivan Vianna, from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, visits
downtown Jacksonville on a chilly February day.
(The center span of the Main
Street Bridge has been raised to accommodate a sailboat.)
From left: inbound Edgar from São
Paulo, Ivan Vianna, new outbound Laura, inbound Nathalia from Belo
Horizonte, inbound Elena from Salvador, D6970 YE Chair Al Kalter
From left: D6970 YE Chair Al, YE Committee members
Cynde and Barry Covington, Ivan Vianna, D6960 Inbound Vice Chair Lawrene
Bishop, YE Committee members Rob Overly and Louise Anderson
District 6970 Outbounds for 2007-08 -
Largest Class Ever!
They completed lengthy applications, survived home visits, and made it
through a very challenging day of interviews, but the end result was more
than worth it for 25 northeast Florida teenagers, who will get to spend the
2007-08 year overseas as Rotary Youth Exchange students.
Never before has District 6970 selected this many outbound students, from
as many different schools and communities. They will represent our Rotary
clubs in 18 different countries next year, living with host families,
attending high schools, learning new languages, and discovering new cultures
and new selves as well.
Over the next six months, these students will go through a preparation
process involving members of our District Youth Exchange Committee, current
inbound and outbound students, and former outbound students (known as
"rebounds" or "Rotex"). It will all culminate in departures this summer, for
a unique life-changing year of adventure and fun in all corners of the
Who are these young ambassadors-to-be? Click
here to meet them!
Comings and Goings - the new Exchange
This is an exciting time for Rotary's 2006-07 exchange
students. Our outbound students have begun
to depart for their destinations overseas, and our
new inbounds are arriving in Florida. Host
families greet their new sons and daughters, words are tentatively spoken in
new languages, and the first incredible experiences occur.
Let's share some
of these arrivals and departures, shall we?
Members of the Rotary Club of Takaoka West prepare to
welcome our outbound student
Our inbound class is now
complete, as Mattia from Italy
lands in Jacksonville
Ormond Beach Rotarians moved their meeting to the
airport to arrange a special welcome for
looks somewhat shocked -
is it the crowd and the signs for her, or just the whole experience?
First ambassador from a new exchange partner,
Olof from Sweden finds a
warm welcome in Florida
Smiles and hugs make
from Brazil feel right at home
as she arrives in Florida
It was late at night, but that didn't stop
Cee and her hosts from
smiling upon her arrival from Thailand
from Brazil arrives in Jacksonville, warmly welcomed
by host parents and friends
Edgar was happy to receive an "official" St. Augustine
T-shirt and hat, much more comfortable!
from France was welcomed
by hosts and counselors at the
arrived from Germany,
and was warmly greeted by
host parents current and future
Traveling with Roman from Germany,
Victoria was greeted
in print by
her host family and host club
Nobody leaves the airport until
the paperwork is done! Here's
Rob checking Victoria in.
Our trio of outbounds heading for Brazil:
Alex are looking good
for their long trip
from Japan was welcomed by rebound
outbound Hannah, host family, and friends.
Emeline from France, being welcomed to Jacksonville by her host
family and host club president
Third Annual Welcome Home Dinner Scheduled for
For the story and pictures on the event, click
District 6970's third annual Youth Exchange Welcome Home
Dinner will take place on Saturday night, July 22, 2006, at the studios of
WJCT-TV in Jacksonville, Florida. This special event will feature speeches
by our 2005-06 outbound students, who will have just recently returned from
their year-long exchanges, and is guaranteed to inspire, entertain, and
amaze all who attend.
After outgrowing the previous location, this year's dinner
is being moved to a new site, with more room and better sound. WJCT studios
are located at
Festival Park Avenue, between Alltel Stadium and the St. Johns River in
downtown Jacksonville. There is plenty of free parking available.
Last year's Welcome Home Dinner was a sell-out, so we
encourage you to get your tickets early. The price for dinner, dessert, and
program is $25 per person. For tickets, send a check, payable to "Rotary
D6970 Youth Exchange," to Rotary Youth Exchange, 141 Elmwood Dr.,
Jacksonville FL 32259.
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