Exploring Exchange Programs and Initiatives of the Rotary Club of Leesburg VA

The Rotary Club of Leesburg VA is an international organization that brings together business and professional leaders to foster humanitarian services, promote high ethical standards, and help promote goodwill and peace in the world. It has a long history of finding outstanding students to support and train, and it offers a variety of exchange programs and initiatives for its members and their families. The main program focused on the club's current exchange program is for students. Our club's youth exchange counselor, Pam Banks, gave a snapshot of the history of the Rotary International (RI) programs and service opportunities designed to help Rotarians meet the needs of their own communities and to help people in need around the world.

Students learn a new language, discover another culture, and truly become citizens of the world. Rotary clubs in more than 100 countries sponsor exchanges for students ages 15 to 19. The university opens its new Northern Virginia campus facility on Route 7, east of Leesburg, Virginia. The campus offers programs in business, nursing, teacher training and technology. Valerie Beaudoin, from Rotary, spearheaded the club's initiative by organizing donations from club members to LAWS (Loudoun Shelter for Abused Women).Rotary Interact clubs organize and sponsor this service organization for young people ages 14 to 18; there are more than 11,200 clubs in 162 countries and geographical areas. Contact your local Rotary club to see what exchange opportunities are available and what the application process involves. Marshall joined Rotary in 1945 and was active both in the Rotary Club of Miami, as president, and in the Rotary Club of Leesburg.

District Foundation President Chuck Davidson, Sandy Duckworth and their husband Don joined the club for an evening of education and celebration about the many activities The Rotary Foundation has done around the world, from fighting polio to providing clean water and supporting numerous District initiatives. The Rotary Club of Leesburg is a global movement of volunteers whose mission is to provide individual friendships to people with intellectual development difficulties by 26%. Master of Ceremonies and President-Elect of the Rotary Club of Leesburg, Chuck Reavis, opened the tribute with a sincere and humorous vision from Dr. A private dinner was one of the most coveted items at the auction of the annual Stickets Wickets croquet tournament and the grass party held at the Rotary Club of Leesburg last spring. During the changing of the guard, Dean Worcester is sworn in to the new president of the Rotary Club of Leesburg, Chuck Reavis. Rotaract Rotary clubs organize and sponsor this leadership, professional development, and service organization for young adults ages 18 to 30; it has more than 7,100 clubs in 163 countries and geographical areas. Kent Knowles introduces members of the Rotary Club of Leesburg to falconry and to two wonderful feathered friends.

Rotary Youth Exchange clubs and districts send and receive students between the ages of 15 and 19 who travel abroad for cultural exchanges from one week to a full year, about 8,000 a year. The Rotary Club of Leesburg VA offers a variety of exchange programs for its members or their families. These include international exchange programs for students ages 15-19; leadership development programs for young adults ages 18-30; service organizations for young people ages 14-18; donations from club members to LAWS (Loudoun Shelter for Abused Women); activities organized by The Rotary Foundation around the world; private dinners at annual Stickets Wickets croquet tournament; falconry introduction; and Rotary Youth Exchange programs. If you are interested in any exchange program or initiative offered by The Rotary Club of Leesburg VA, contact your local Rotary club.

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