CLEARWATER BEACH – The District 6950 Rotary Youth Exchange recently hosted a beach party at 440 West Condominiums for local students who spent the past year in a foreign country.
The gathering also was for local students headed to various countries and about 12 students from other nations who had just arrived in the area.
Rotary Youth Exchange students spend a year abroad attending high school. The students, typically ages 15 to 18, serve as ambassadors for their homelands.
For more than 75 years, Rotary has been sending students abroad. More than 80,000 students and 80 countries have participated.
For more information on the program, visit www.rotary.org/en/start-exchange. Or contact Doug Lobel at (352) 400-0540.
The outbound students are sponsored by some of the 49 Rotary clubs in District 6950: Land O' Lakes, Indian Rocks Beach (two students), Dade City Sunrise, Dunedin, Wesley Chapel Noon, Inverness, Safety Harbor, St. Petersburg West, Homosassa Springs, Central Citrus, Spring Hill Central, Crystal River Kings Bay, Sugarmill Woods, St. Petersburg and Crystal River.
Rotary Youth Exchange agrees to a one-for-one swap with the countries to which the program is sending it students. The area clubs that have participated the past three years have helped to grow it into the second largest Rotary Youth Exchange program of the eight districts in Florida.
Clearwater Beach Rotary Club meets at 12:15 p.m. Thursdays at Shephard's Beach Resort, 619 S. Gulfview Blvd. Every first Wednesday of the month, the club sponsors a Sunset Social on the second floor of the Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa, 301 S. Gulfview Blvd.
Rotary is an international organization of business and professional leaders whose main objective is service to the community, the workplace and the world. For more information, call (727) 237-8037 or go online to clearwaterbeachrotary.org.