By Augusto La Colla, a Rotary Youth Exchange student from Villa Regina, Argentina, to Muenster, Germany
|Youth Exchange Students in Europe|
Through my Interact club in Argentina, I learned of an opportunity last year to go on a Rotary Youth Exchange to Muenster, Germany. I want to echo what others have said on this blog, that Youth Exchange is an unforgettable experience.
I had the pleasure of staying with two families in Germany — the Kirchhoffs and Beikers — and I consider both part of my family. Getting to know the German culture, to be a part of it, and to be immersed in it, I developed a new appreciation for my home country, and the world beyond. It made me realize just how amazing this world is, and gave me a desire to work to make the world a better place.
|A polio worker marks the side of a house in Kano, Nigeria, to indicate the children were not at home and a follow-up visit will needed to ensure they are vaccinated.|
|l to r: Jim Steward and Bob Davie holding award|
Congratulations to President Karen on a great beginning for her year as our President.
|l to r: DG Louise Andres, 2014-15 La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Pres. Ron Kohl and 2013-14 RB Sunrise Pres. Jim Stewart|
Martin Sheps, and Mary Stanton
Governor Carl Kruse and Foundation Chair
The Surgery Weekend Program provides comprehensive, high quality medical care to low-income, uninsured, and underinsured children with physical deformities and other conditions. The Surgery Weekend Program consists of six, eight-week Surgery Weekend Cycles per year. Each eight-week Surgery Weekend Cycle includes an intensive 2-day Surgery Weekend where volunteer medical professionals provide extensive reconstructive surgeries. Throughout the rest of the Cycle, Fresh Start holds dental clinics, laser treatments, speech therapy services, and health education to ensure comprehensive medical care. At each Surgery Weekend Cycle, Fresh Start treats approximately 65 children, totaling approximately 400 children annually.
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