South Carolina’s District 7750 and 7770 Rotary Youth Exchange Students enjoyed three days in Fountain Inn and Greenville, SC. The weekend was planned by District 7750 Rotary members, Jack Newby and Michelle Moore, and volunteers. Students were generously hosted by volunteers and host parents Terri and Tony Cvetko at their beautiful home in the country. Two ROTEX students who were 2013/2014 exchange students, Ben Hetherington and Eric Olson, also volunteered to help with the weekend event. Students experienced country culture activities and also enjoyed exploring Greenville. It was a great time for all!
The 2nd Annual Oktoberfest 5K Run/Walk brought out 250 runners and walkers along with many more attendees for the after party.
The event benefits Toys for Tots and the Rotary Youth Exchange Program. Perfect weather and a great venue starting and ending at the Sweetgrass Pavilion underneath the Ravenel Bridge created an excellent setting complete with music by a German band, beer on tap provided by Westbrook Brewery and Palmetto Brewing Co. and plenty of bratwurst prepared in outstanding fashion by our friends from ServiceMaster of Charleston. A big thank you goes out to Lawton Hayes and his crew for all of their hard work with the event.
We want to thank our chairman for the event, Mike Bloser, for putting together such an awesome event. Wearing his Lederhosen, Mike really gave this party authenticity. Thanks for all of your hard work Mike. Through your efforts, the event hopes to net around $5,000 for the charities. Thanks to all of the volunteers who helped make this event a success.
A special thanks to Rob Fowler with News 2 for reporting the weather from the event. Their support helped boost attendance.
We also would like to thank our great sponsors that include ADC Engineering, Inc., American Drug Testing, Bank of South Carolina, Barnwell, Whaley, Patterson & Helms LLC, Division Five, Earthsource Engineering, Engineered Foundations, Glaucoma Consultants, Goodwill Industries, Dr. Jill Aiken, John Albrecht, Law Offices of Peter S. Smith PLLC, Legare, Bailey & Hinske, Michael Schmitt, McQuire & Co, LLC, Palmetto Construction, Pile Drivers, Raising Cane’s, SCE&G, ServiceMaster of Charleston, Stubbs Muldrow Herin architects, inc, The Hoove LLC, Try Sports and Walmart.
The North Myrtle Beach Rotary Club’s Exchange Student, Cory McCord, recently spent time at both the morning and the lunch meetings presenting a photo journal of his time in Germany. He began his year in Wuppertal, Germany, located southeast of Dusseldorf. While there, Cory enjoyed not only a tour of Germany, but also a Euro-Tour, through a Netherlands District, which took him to Prague, Venice and Rome, just to name a few cities.
Rotary Club of North Myrtle Beach
Come dressed in your favorite Sennerhut, Lederhosen or Dirndl. You can be tapped as this year’s winner in our best dressed contest for the 2013 East Cooper Breakfast Rotary Oktoberfest 5K Run/Walk. The winner will be announced at the after party where you can enjoy a Westbrook Brewery favorite and some German fare provided by ServiceMaster of Charleston.
For more information about the event go to http://www.oktoberfest5krun.net/.
Submitted by Ryan Holt
Rotary Club of Lexington
The Rotary Club of Lexington recently heard about Irmo High School student Starling Eargle’s experience as a Rotary Youth Exchange student in Brazil. She spent nearly a year there in school, learning Portuguese and the Brazilian culture. Along with her parents, Starling, center, is pictured with Club President Greg David, left, and Club Secretary Allison Ford, right.
Submitted by Chad Westendorf
Chair, Rotary Youth Exchange
Required Training for YEO’s/YEC’s, Committee Members & Host Families
RSVP: Required By Monday August 12th, 2013. Please give us the spefic name of each participant.
WHO: All current and new YEO’s, YEC’s, Host Families, & Committee Members must attend required annual training. Even if you have been trained before, the US DEPARTMENT OF STATE requires annual training for exchange student programs. If you attended the June 23rd training in Charleston , You DO NOT need to attend this training. If you have NOT attended a training in 2013, you must be at this training to participate in RYE this year.
WHAT: A meeting where all participants come together and go over the protocols, rules, and regulations of District 7770 Rotary Youth Exchange Program.
WHEN: August 18th – Host Families 10 AM to 1 PM – YEO’s/YEC’s & Committee Members 10 am TO 3:30 PM
Please Note: All of the current inbound students hosted by District 7770 and District 7750 will be in attendence. They will be able to answer some questions and interact with you. They will be able to ride home with you or their host family after the meeting back to your area.
WHERE: Hilton Garden Inn in Beaufort, SC ( 1500 Queen Street, Beaufort , SC 29902 )
THE CLUB’S YEO/YEC IS IN CHARGE OF THE HOST FAMILY COMING TO THE TRAINING. PLEASE DISCUSS WITH YOUR FAMILIES AND CONTACT ME TO RSVP.
I would like to thank everyone for their time and support of RYE. I look forward to meeting everyone and working with all of you this year.
Chad F. Westendorf, District 7770 Chairperson