Meeting of March 22, 2012

Attendance (16): Jim Leyhane, Murray Forth, Russ Edberg, Terry Brewer, Pat Bailey, Debbie Brown, Doris Calamaras, Dean Calamaras, Bill Dowd, Dick Drumm, Charlie Foote, Carole Spencer, Bill Kneissl, Mark Hoyt, Rommel Tolentino, Debbie Rodriguez.

Guests (3): Jasmin Bromberg, Nick Kiernan, Christine Kiernan.

Announcements/Business:

• Upcoming “Rotary Home Cooking” dinners are scheduled for March 24 at the Forth residence (corned beef & cabbage, several seats available) and April 14 at the Dowd residence (reservation list is full).

• We have approximately 70 people already registered for the 9 a.m. Saturday, March 24, CR training certification class at Maple Hill High School. Walk-ins are welcomed.

• The annual Rotary Run is scheduled for May 20. Volunteer assignments to be made soon.

Program: 2 Exchange Students Share Their Views

Mark Hoyt introduced two foreign exchange students — Nick Kiernan of Maple Hill High School who spent a short exchange period in Argentina, and Jasmin Bromberg of Denmark who has been studying here this school year.

Nick began with a slideshow of photos of Argentina where he spent last July. Images included his school and his host house in Córdoba. It is Argentina’s second largest city, after Buenos Aires, and has 1.3 million residents, according to the 2001 census.

He spoke about the school and his host family he stayed and showed us a number of photos of the city and other spots of interest. Nick answered questions about his experience. He hopes to attend college to study engineering, and said in response to a question that he would be interested in sending a semsester abroad.

Jasmin showed slides of her hometown of Vig, Denmark, a small town of about 1,500 residents. Her photos included her family — Danish mother, German-born father, and a brother — and friends and some of their favorite activities. She spoke about a festival that her town is famous for, and noted that her favorite activity is competing with her swim club.

Jasmin gave a brief explanation of  a typical school day in Denmark and what the schools are like. Danish children spend three years in high school after nine years of preparation, then go on to trade-related schools or universities. Jasmin has discovered a love of drawing while at Maple Hill and said she hopes to study art in Copenhagen after high school.

She also showed pictures of Queen Margrethe Alexandrine Þórhildur Ingrid as well famous sites around Denmark such as the Tivoli Gardens, the Little Mermaid and Hans Christan Anderson statues, and Strogert, the largest shopping thoroughfare in Europe.

NEXT MEETING: 6:15 p.m. Thursday, March 29 at the Holiday Inn Express. Program: Linda Hillman of the Rensselaer County Chamber of Commerce.


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