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|Hola a todos desde Bolivia! |
by Edralin, Lourdes
Rotary Youth Exchange Student, Brock Bastian, has gained acceptance and popularity among his peers at his Bolivian high school. He was one of 8 students nominated for Prom King. Brock's poster hung in the school grounds during prom season.
My package from Rotary arrived. I waited 44 days for that package, and the wait was well worth it! The package contains some highly-appreciated and life-saving candy. Sherrie Tobin from EDH Rotary sent me lots, and lots, and lots of Jelly Belly packets, and a big bag of assorted candy. My mom told me that the Jelly Belly packets are to share with my friends and the people of Bolivia. Part of being an RYE exchange student is to share your culture, and since there is a Jelly Belly factory near Sacramento, the Jelly Bellys are basically something from my hometown. So taking up the challenge, I took my Jelly Belly packets to school and handed them out to my classmates. They absolutely loved them. Some of them even asked me if I could order some more on the Internet for them!
With the candy also arrived my Rotary flag and my RYE business cards. I was looking at my photo on the cards, and I totally look different, as I have lost some weight. About 15 pounds. You might be able to tell from the attached photo. You may be thinking that I'm dying of hunger over here, but I'm just fine. It's the fact that none of the food I eat here is processed, and that I walk everywhere I go. Also, the fact that I am living at 12,000 feet, and that my body has to work harder as I walk around, also helps. It's actually quite funny, because my host brother, David, who is an RYE student in Canada, looks like he is getting chubbier!
The highlight last week was Prom. Just to clear things up, Prom here isn't exactly like Prom in the U.S. where you go with a date, have dinner and spend all your time with your date. There is a contest for Prom King and Prom Queen but the voting here is done individually and not in pairs. There are 8 girl and 8 boy contestants, ranging from freshman to senior.
So lets get to the chase, and figure out the results......DRUM ROLL......I took 2nd place in the voting. One of my best friends, Andrés, won Prom King and beat me by one (1) vote! I don't necessarily mind losing, because it means a lot more to one of these kids down here to win Prom King than it would to me. It is a very big deal to them, so I am glad that one of my friends won. But to lose by one vote . . . After the Prom King and Queen ceremony, we all just danced. It was fun! It was basically just a big discoteca dance!
|EDH Rotary Welcomes Four New Members|
by Knight, John
Welcome new members! Pictured are sponsors and inductees: John Knight, PDG Barry Kalar, * new members Jake Flesher, Carol Pomares, Tina Ferguson and Grant Cody,* and members Lesley Tucker and Sherie Tobin
"It's incredible!" said Past District Governor Barry Kalar, as he inducted four new member to the El Dorado Hills Rotary Club on Oct. 2. "You will be joining the oldest service organization in the world, with 1.2 million members providing service locally and internationally."
Jake Flesher is an attorney sponsored by EDH Club President Coy Baugh. Jake and his wife Kassy are raising Grant (11) and Grace (9). He keeps active by coaching Little League Baseball (he was league president last year). Currently, Jake is running for EID Board. He is "excited to get started" on Rotary service.
Grant Cody manages the Elk Grove branch of Belfour Property Restoration. Together with his wife Jill, he is raising two daughters, Sarah (16) and Lauren (14). Grant is active at Rolling Hills Church, where he leads a small group and is involved in the High School ministry. Grant is an avid mountain biker, and also teaches cycling at the El Dorado Hills Sports Club. "I'm grateful to be a part of Rotary," says Grant.
Tina Ferguson is the owner of Face in a Book, a quaint book store at the Town Center. Tina and her husband Dave have two daughters, Abbey (19) and Emily (16). Tina grew up in El Dorado Hills and is looking forward to having fun with the group.
Carol Pomares is a Spanish teacher, recently retired from Oak Ridge High School, where she taught 6,000 students como se habla en Espanol for 32 years. She has two grown children, Mariah and Michael. Upon retiring, Carol missed her connection with teenagers and decided to join Rotary and jumped in to be an Interact Club Advisor. "Teenagers give me energy," she says. Interact plans the annual Mito Kids Walk each spring. Carol's grand children are afflicted with mitochondrial disease and she is active with Help Mito Kids, Inc. Carol has taken up cycling on the Folsom bike trails and loves it!
|Student of the Month - Abigail Brown|
by Roth, David
Congratulations Abgail Brown— pictured with BUSD Superintendent David Roth, RUSD Superintendent David Swart, Marina Village Principal George Tapanes, Mom Laura Brown, Dad Justin Brown and sister Sarah Brown, back row left to right, celebrate Abigail Brown's Student of the Month award.
Marina Village eighth-grader Abigail Brown has a full schedule but school counselor Myrna Harp noted, “She’s never too busy to lend a helping hand.”
For this and many other reasons the 13-year-old received the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills Student of the Month award Wednesday morning. Nominated by Harp, Abigail was commended for her love of history and English as well as her participation in the middle school’s Club Live and the Where Everyone Belongs programs. Abigail also volunteers at Jackson Elementary and service as a counseling aide at her school.
The stellar student’s parents Laura and Justin Brown, along with little sister Sarah, also attended the Rotary breakfast. New Marina Village Principal George Tapanes congratulated the proud parents on raising a great daughter.