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Clackamas Sunrise Rotary Club program aims to create world peace, one person at a time

Last month the Clackamas Sunrise Rotary hosted a reunion of Rex Putnam High School students who participated in the Rotary's Youth Exchange program.

Clackamas Sunrise Rotary began the program in 2003, when the first student arrived in Oak Grove from France. The club has since hosted 23 students from all over the world.

COURTESY PHOTO - Pictured are former students from the Clackamas Sunrise Rotary Youth Exchange program, including Taylor Truitt (from left), Aaron Scheible, Kayleigh Truitt, Brooke Hein, Michael Reams and Natalie Marcum.In attendance at last month's alumni reunion were five of the 21 former outbounds (students that travel to another country for a year) and one student preparing for his exchange.

In addition, the club contacted all inbounds (students from foreign countries that came to Clackamas) and gave an update on their lives now.

"Many of the former exchange students use their new language skills and continue to travel about the world," said Tina Scheible, the club's youth services director. "Students on an exchange learn a new language, discover another culture and truly become global citizens."

Scheible said Rotary clubs sponsor exchange students ages 15-19 in more than 100 countries to develop leadership skills, become global citizens, learn new languages/cultures and build lasting friendships around the world.

Clackamas Sunrise Rotary receives applications from students who attend Putnam High School.

If you would like to know more about the youth exchange program or be a host family, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit ClackamasSunriseRotary.org.


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