Aug 072016
exchange student arrival The Varn family recently welcomed the Rotary Club of Daniel Island’s 16/17 exchange student Manuela Amhof from Switzerland at the Charleston International Airport. Manu (her nickname) will attend Bishop England High School this year as a senior. Thank you Scott and Laura Varn for hosting the first portion of her stay on Daniel Island, and for sharing this picture of her arrival in Charleston!

Rotary Exchange Students Experience Up-Country Culture

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Mar 052015

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!



Ten Rotary Clubs Host Rotary Youth Exchange Students

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Sep 032014
Our students have arrived! This school year, D7770 has 9 clubs who are hosting. A huge thank you to the Rotary clubs who are changing these students lives: Beaufort, Charleston Breakfast, Hampton County, Hilton Head Island, Lexington, Lowcountry, Mt. Pleasant, North Charleston Breakfast, St. Andrews-Charleston, and Summerville. D7770 hosted an Inbound Training Weekend in Charleston for all of our new foreign students, including 2 students from D7750. This year, South Carolina Rotary districts have accepted 12 students. They come from all over the world: Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, France, Taiwan, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Germany, Peru, & Denmark.We have 12 wonderful students with very impressive English skills. Friday evening, we were hosted by Wild Blue Ropes, a new & adventurous ropes course on James Island, The students partnered up and were able to become acquainted with each other while having a blast. A big thank you to Wild Blue Ropes! The remainder of the weekend was spent going over Rotary protocol and exploring Charleston by boat. The students had an incredible time, as did the Rotarians who were so lucky to spend this time with such great kids and be part of such a truly inspiring program.
If anyone you know, including a family member, is interested in studying abroad in high school, please check out our website at Applications are being taken now. We already have seven outbound applicants for 2015-16. Our goal next year is to send 12 students and host 12 students.
Rotary Youth Exchange – Help us change lives!

Oktoberfest 2013 – 250 Runners & Many Attendees Make the 2nd Annual Run a Huge Success

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Oct 142013
Oktoberfest Wayne Alyson Oktoberfest

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.

North Myrtle Beach Rotary’s Youth Exchange Student Speaks

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Oct 112013

CoryMcCordThe 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.

In addition to seeing much of the scenery Germany had to offer, he also experienced a hunting trip with one of his host families, some beach time on an island off the coast and Christmas on a smaller scale than his mom’s usual celebration. He saw a lot of snow and built a first rate snowman. Oktoberfest in Germany seemed to be a favorite among his many adventures.
The Rotary Club of North Myrtle Beach will be hosting its annual Family Spaghetti Fest on Thursday, November 14, 2013 from 5-7:30pm at the North Myrtle Beach Primary School. With the help of Carrabbas, BNC and The Printing Port, the Rotary Club is serving up a delicious spaghetti dinner. In addition to dinner, they will be hosting a silent auction, bake sale, live entertainment, as well as, face painting and contests for the kids. Get tickets for just $8 from any North Myrtle Beach Rotarian and they are also available at The Printing Port in North Myrtle Beach.
Submitted by Joanne Myers
Rotary Club of North Myrtle Beach

Win A Prize As The Best Dressed For This Year’s Oktoberfest 5K Run/Walk

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Sep 212013

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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.

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Rotary Club of Lexington Participates in Youth Exchange

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Sep 012013


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.

Jul 252013

Submitted by Chad Westendorf
Chair, Rotary Youth Exchange
District 7770

Required Training for YEO’s/YEC’s, Committee Members & Host Families

rotary youth exchangeDistrict 7770 Training is : Sunday, August 18, 2013

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 )


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.

Best Regards

Chad F. Westendorf, District 7770 Chairperson


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