Centennial Rotary will host an exchange student this year after a couple of years of rest. Maullic Popat, 15, from Mumbai, India, is expected to arrive about August 20th. Maullic's dad, Vinod, is a member of the Rotary Club of Borivali and is the General Manager of Finance for a pharmaceutical company. His mother, Mayuri, is a housewife. Maullic speaks British English as well as Hindi and French, so it should be very easy to communicate with him right from the start! He has one older brother, Jugal, who is 19. We have arranged for him to attend Frontier Academy as a sophomore. He looks like an excellent student.
Three families have agreed to host Maullic this year. His first family will be Mike and Suzy Engrav. Starting about November 1, Maullic will move to Kim and Brian Larson's and then will end his year, starting in late February, with Romia and Christine Pritchett. Mark Larson will serve as Maullic's Club Counselor and Rusty Mellon will once again be our Youth Protection Officer. Evelyn Stiefel will serve as Assistant Youth Protection Officer, should Rusty not be available in the case of an emergency.
How can you help? It would be appreciated if each member would look at this next year and plan one special event with Maullic. That could be as simple as inviting him over for dinner. It might be that you have an extra ticket for some special event like a football game or some other sporting event, a play or a concert. Maybe you are planning a drive up into the mountains to view the fall colors. Or you have room to include him on a ski trip. We want to make Maullic's year extra special! And, you will find your life enriched by having the opportunity to get to know Maullic and his culture better.
So, look for Maullic's smiling face to begin visiting our club soon. Make a point to sit with him. Ask him about his family, his culture, his school or his country. The mission of the Youth Exchange Program is to promote world peace through a better understanding of each other. Be good hosts and make him feel welcome. Let us be the ones to reach out to him!
Thank You Kim Larson for this Story!