Top: Ed Fink, Director of the Orphan Train Project presented Glen Koepp Scholar Plaques to Mariela Savkova, Bulgaria, and Joanna Jones, South Africa.
L to R: Joanna Jones, Tony Burns, Club
President, and Mariela Sovkova
 
Joanna Jones from South Africa and Mariela Savkova from Bulgaria spoke to us about the situation of orphans in their countries. Both had come to the US under the auspices of the Orphan Train program for training at the renowned Mooseheart Child City & School an hour west of Chicago.
 
Joanna works at TLC (The Love of Christ Children's Home) south of Johannesburg. The orphan situation in SA is dire ... 3,000 children abandoned each month. The country is under great financial stress, with 33% unemployment. For the last 24 years, TLC has worked at improving the lot of some of these children, SA doesn't utilize foster care in placing orphans; TLC has placed 890 babies in loving families over the last 24 years. Our Club and the Orphan Train program has supported TLC's difficult and sometimes dangerous work for many years.
 
Mariela Savkova has served as the Orphan Train liaison for Bulgaria for over two decades. She's currently engaged in managing European Union funds targeted toward deinstitutionalizing Bulgaria's orphanage system. When she first became involved with the system ... when the Iron Curtain fell in 1989-90 ... it was a disaster. The 190 orphanages held 14,000 children, and they were underfunded and officially neglected, By February, most orphanages were closed, replaced by small family centers with a dozen kids in far better conditions.
 
The work of Joanna and Mariela is something our Club (led by the indefatigable Ed Fink) can be very proud of supporting for more than twenty years.

Purple ink on the pinkie finger tells both volunteers and the child’s neighborhood that one more person is safe from the horror of polio.

It is more than a way to identify who has been immunized. It is a symbol of defiance against a crippling disease and a symbol of hope for a polio-free world. No one is safe until all are safe. 

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in the Fight to End Polio

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Your donation helps Rotary and its partners reach every child with the polio vaccine. Thanks to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, your contribution will be tripled, getting us even closer to a polio-free world.

 
 
 
 

SPEAKERS

 

November 17, 2017

Kate Schachter
RPCVs of Wisconsin - Madison
Peace Corps and Rotary
Pathways to International Service

November 24, 2017

 
Day After Thanksgiving
NO MEETING

December 1, 2017

Matt Loch, Moderator

Five for Five


 
 

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Alicja Kaznica, Inbound Rotary Youth Exchange Student

L to R: Tony Burns, President, Connie Smith, Youth Exchange Officer, Alicja Kaznica, Rotary Youth Exchange Student, and Dan Fose, Youth Exchange Counselor.

Alicja and Kathy Siebert, visiting from Madison South Rotary Club enjoying lunch.

Alicja Kaznica is from Bydgoszcz, Kuyavian-Pomeranian,  Poland.

Alicja is our Inbound Rotary Youth Exchange student and she was welcomed at our Club meeting. 


 

 

Rotary Youth Exchange

Exchange Programs - Inbound & Outbound
  • One year coincides with school year
  • Students live with three families typically
  • Opportunity to learn a new culture and language, to be an ambassador & to make friends for a lifetime
  • It's a year of adventure
  • Rotary District 6250 sends and receives students to/from 40 countries
  • RYE plays an important role in world peace & understanding. Once you have experienced another culture, judgment of others & their culture diminishes
"If every 17 year old were a youth exchange student, we would have no wars." Karl-Wilhelm Stenhammer, RI Past President
 
Roles
  • Youth Exchange Officer (YEO) Focus on administration & finding/orienting host families
  • Youth Exchange Counselor (YEC) Focus on student's interaction with families, school & Club
  • Youth Protection Officer (YPO) Focus on student's wellbeing
 
Candidates For The Program
  • Not YOUNGER than 15.5 on August 1
  • Not OLDER than 18.5 on August 1
  • A minimum 2.75 GPA or student ranking in top 50% of class
 
Ways Club Members Can Help/Participate
  • Host a student
  • Transportation to meetings, events, etc.
  • Include student in your plans
  • Invite to dinner
 
Rotary District 6250, as part of the Central States Rotary Youth Exchange program, sends and receives students to/from 40 countries:
 
Contact  
Dan Fost
Club Youth Exchange Officer
(C) 608-772-2450
 
 
Connie Smith
Club Youth Exchange Counselor
(C) 608-719-9411
 
 
Toni Pabon
District Youth Exchange Information Coordinator & Registrar
Rotary Club of Sun Prairie