Dave Allen will introduce a representative from ACTS Honduras, a not-for-profit based in the Upper Valley that promotes sustainable programs for health, education, agriculture and economic development in the El Rosario area of Honduras. Here’s a link to their website.
Tom Csatari noted that there were sign-up sheets for the July 4 cookout and parade and encouraged as many Rotarians as possible to be there! 

Tom also flagged three of our members for attaining Paul Harris Fellowship status: Nan Carrol, Jonn Hochreiter, and Dave Allen, who is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow. 
Kathy Geraghty gave a Happy Dollain recognition of the Hanover High students who participated in the RYLA program 

This week’s raffle winner was Dick Podolec, who received a FREE one-way ride on any Advanced Transit bus of his choice! Presumably a return trip will be rewarded in a future raffle. 
Rubi Simon introduced Rotary’s current inbound exchange student, Valentina Navarrette, and our club’s outgoing student for 2019-20, Katy Somoza.

Valencia, who hails from Santiago, Chile, gave an overview of her year staying with three different families: the Simons; the Melliments, and the Ryan-O’Flahertys.  Outfitted in a coat festooned with buttons, name tags, and ski passes, Valencia described some of the “firsts” she experienced at Hanover High: her first school bus ride; first (American) football game; first homecoming dance; first ice hockey game, first experience skiing and making snow angels, first time as a rowing crew member, first trip to NYC, and first trip to Canada. Valencia’s biggest surprise? How far it was from Boston to Hanover and how many trees there were en route. Valencia’s Powerpoint included pictures of all of the above plus photos of art work she did in classes at Hanover High and gatherings with other Rotary exchange students. There is no doubt that this was a life changing experience for her! 
Katy shared her perspective on her future exchange opportunity, which will be in a town 20 miles outside of Lyon, France. While Denmark was Katy’s first choice, she is looking forward to the chance to put her years as a French student at Hanover High to practical use. We look forward to hearing from her! 
As one who chaired the Youth Exchange program for a couple of years, I know how much work goes on behind the scenes. Thanks to Rubi Simon, Julie Stevenson, and Julia Griffin for their work! 
June 19 – Back by popular demand!!! Rubi Simon and the Howe staff will do 30-books-in-30-minutes. Bring your notebook, stopwatch, and a bag to carry home some books to read during the Summer break. 
June 26 – Time for someone to step up! Please let Tom Csatari, Liam McCarthy or me know if you have any ideas. Maybe we’ll have a chance to hear from some of our newer members! 
July 3 – Our new President, Liam McCarthy, takes over for Tom Csatari and will offer an inaugural address for us! 
July 4 – Our Cook Out on the Common and a chance to march in the parade! 
July 10 ONWARD - We have no speakers identified. As I noted in last week’s Newsletter, we have great speakers because of the connections of club members! Let us know of ideas you have for speakers in the months ahead. 
Wayne Gersen
Russell Hampton
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