Submitted by Dean Rutty, Youth Exchange Chair
The Board of Rotary International met this past week and has decided to further suspend the Youth Exchange program through June 2022. Our District Committee remained optimistic through this very difficult year that enough progress would have been made to resume the program. But with the safety of our students and volunteers paramount, the decision to suspend for another year is the correct one.
To our wonderful students, I want to congratulate you for having been selected to participate in the Youth Exchange program; you should be very proud. You have remained patient and optimistic for this entire year. We do not know what will happen in 2022, so as you plan the next steps of your journey, I encourage each of you to continue to reach high and make a difference. Please stay connected to your Rotary Clubs. Age and circumstance permitting, you may be able to apply again and if not, we encourage you to spread the word to future outbound candidates.
Thanks to all of you who have been so supportive of our students and our program- we will continue to do our best to keep clubs engaged and ready to resume Youth Exchange.