Julius Loebbecke

Host family, outbound exchange students sought

October 7, 2010 // 0 Comments

Rockford Rotary is currently hosting a student from Germany, but is also looking for an outbound student. As a Rotary Youth Exchange student, you’ll spend up to a year living with a few host families and attending school in a different country. In Rotary’s long-term Youth Exchange program, you’ll learn a new way of living, a great deal about yourself, and maybe even a new language. You’ll also be an ambassador, teaching people you meet about your country, culture, and ideas. You can help bring the world closer – and make some good friends in the process. More than 8,000 young people each year have experiences like these through Rotary Youth Exchange. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime. Are you ready for it? Did you know that our locally based Wolverine World Wide did business in approximately 180 countries and territories around the world in 2009? Rotary has exchange programs in over 40 countries. Germany is one that is available, or perhaps you would like a Spanish-speaking country, or Japan, Taiwan or something more exotic like Zaire. Rockford Rotary, along with Rockford High School led by Dr. Ryan Kelley, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, will be hosting an informational meeting Monday, October 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Rockford High School in the main office. The meeting is for any students, with their parents, who are interested in becoming an Outbound Student to a foreign country. Application deadlines are October 25 for the full completed application. What is Rotary Youth Exchange…? One of our returned students call it “The best year of my life.” Have you met Julius Loebbecke, our inbound exchange student from Germany yet? He’s been participating in the band and with the soccer team. Come to the meeting. He will be glad to share his experience with you. Do you want to add a new cultural dimension to your family life? Host Julius for the third trimester. Call Rotarians Tony Astras 866-4283 or Jim Tol 696-2259 for more information or visit Rockford Rotary’s website www.rockfordmirotary.org, click on the Activities to take you to the Youth Student Exchange site.

Rockford Rotary exchange student attends conference in Petoskey

September 23, 2010 // 0 Comments

Club is looking for outbound exchange student This past weekend the Rotary District 6290, which Rockford is part of, sponsored a conference for all inbound exchange students for orientation, learning, and a chance to get to know each other.  The event was held on beautiful Walloon Lake at Camp Daggett, Petoskey, Mich.                  Rockford’s inbound exchange student from Germany, Julius Loebbecke, attended along with the Rockford Rotary Exchange Officer, Tony Astras.  Also attending were 34 other inbound exchange students from 22 different countries: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Croatia, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand and Turkey.                  The conference included training workshops for the Youth Exchange program presented to over 20 Rotarians from the various clubs.  One unique situation that our district has is that our district is international in that it crosses over into Canada.  Consequently, there were inbounds being hosted by clubs from Sault Sainte Marie, Blind River, and Wawa, Ontario in Canada.  These international students (all of high school ages from 15 through 18) have an excellent support system not only of their school, but of all Rotarians, their clubs, their communities, and these students who are bonded together in this experience.  This system continues. There will be additional conferences for these kids at the Kettunen Center in Tustin in November, in Wawa, Ontario in February, again at the Kettunen Center in April. Finally, before their departure home there will be a multi-district multi-state final conference at Calvin College with over 1,000 students.  These students will consist of the inbounds leaving, our outbounds getting ready to leave, and rebounds which had been previously in the Exchange Program. Rockford Rotary also has an opportunity upcoming for new outbounds for the school year beginning in 2011-2012.  Rockford Rotary has an opportunity for a prearranged exchange with the group’s “sister” club in Germany, where Julius is from. In addition, Rotary offers opportunities available to other countries as well.  Not everyone might qualify, but an earnest desire is a prerequisite.  The student also should be in the top fifty percent of their class.  There is some financial help available to those that may need it.  This program is one of the best kept secrets of Rockford.  Rockford […]