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Rotary Youth Exchange Is An International Success

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By Jay Michaels

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) This weekend the Sun Valley Inn is hosting the annual conference for Rotary International. About 200 southern Idaho members, including almost 40 exchange students, are on hand for the festivities.

Rotary International boasts more than one million members around the world. 43 clubs make up the service organization's southern Idaho district. Their international Youth Exchange program is for high school sophomores through seniors.

Rotary exchange student Nuri Lopes says she's learned, "How to be more mature, you are responsible for the things you do. Because it's what you do. Pretty much was the best experience of my life."

Lopes explains she'll take what she learned back home to Argentina. She encourages all teens to participate in the program.

Zach Lipple from Boise will be spending his nine months in the program in France.

Lipple says, "It's a great experience because I'm done with high school. So I'll have the ability to take a year off between high school and college to get myself more mentally prepared for the situation. It's a great experience, I'm going to live in another culture next year."

Rotary International has 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries. Rotary's motto is "Service Before Self," and they make it a point to help young people and educational efforts.

Don Reiman, Master of Ceremonies for Rotary District 5400's conference, says, "It's a great organization. We are very proud of what we do. We get a lot out of Rotary by giving to others."

May 17, 2013.


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