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ROTARY CLUB OF
|Membership Chair||Bob Freeman|
|Foundation Chair||Bill Mulkey|
|Bulletin Editor||Tania Lopez|
Introducing Mathilde Illum – Our 2018-19 GRSP Student
Mathilde Illum is not just the winner of last Friday’s scholarship drawing but more importantly, is our Dunwoody GRSP student in the Georgia Rotary Student Program (GRSP). She is attending Oglethorpe University – taking American history and sociology courses. Her host parents are Jackie Cuthbert and Lorri Christopher.
Mathilde comes from a family of five – she is the middle child – with an older sister and a younger brother. Her mother is a Rotarian, and her aunt and uncle were GRSP scholars in 1989-1990. Mathilde was scheduled to be a Rotary Youth Exchange student a few years ago but had to cancel due to an injury (which has since mended itself).
Mathilde is not sure what her final education path holds, but wants to work with something humanitarian or creative. In Denmark, she volunteered at the Red Cross second hand shop a few times a week and was a tutor for the freshman class. She will enter university in Denmark after her GRSP year, because the Danish educational system does not allow break-offs during university, even for a scholarship.
As to her goals for her GRSP year, Mathilde says, “I would love to achieve a deeper understanding of American culture and its people, and hopefully build lasting bonds with American families and international students. I would especially like to explore American community service and voluntary work, e. g. assisting in soup kitchens. I want to experience what the USA is really like, and see the real structure, rather than the one presented in pop culture and the news. My deep interest for history is also a major reason, as this could help me in learning more about American history than what I might have learnt growing up.”
You’ll learn more about Mathilde at this Friday’s meeting!
Rotary Club of Dunwoody is going to be hosting a Rotary Youth Exchange Student from Thailand , Mink , who just arrived!
We are excited to see her often and share with her this experience!
And we are still looking for host families who want to share this awesome experience for 90 days, (for late February through May).
Hosting a Rotary Youth Exchange Student can be incredibly rewarding for your family, bringing an international experience directly into your home. Host families provide room and board and share their lives with the Rotary Youth Exchange Students, involving them in family, community, and cultural activities. The Rotary Club of Dunwoody is looking for host families for our inbound student for next year, Mink from Thailand.
If you’re willing to experience one of the largest programs in Rotary by sharing your home and learning about a new culture, or you know a family that would be interested, contact Mike Parks, Deb Shelles Cameron, Dottie Toney-Ransom, Tania Lopez, or Jennie Stipick.
What are the responsibilities of a host family?
To accept the exchange student as a new member of your family. The student will be governed not only by the rules of the program but by the rules of your household. You are responsible for the safety of the exchange student the same as for your own children. Although you might become a bit more of the soccer mom or dad for normal everyday activities, it is not your responsibility to act as a taxi service or a tour guide. Rotarians for the hosting club will be helping in these areas.
You can find more information about being a host family in http://www.ryeflorida.org/host-family
Next is Thirsty Thursday- Join us!
Where: Dunwoody Tavern, 5488 Chamblee Dunwoody Road
When: Thursday, 9/20/18, 5:30 PM
Questions: Cathie Brumfield, cell 404 668 6693
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