By: Susan Quinn We are excited to welcome our two new exchange students, Sam Ala Naziri (Sweden) and Smilla Winnemoller (Germany) for the 2022-23 academic year. Sam is enrolled as a senior at Lyons Township High School and Smilla is enrolled as a junior at Oak Park River Forest High School. Both Sam and Smilla are busy learning their way around their new respective high schools, meeting people, and exploring the Chicago area.
We are most grateful for the wonderful host families who have opened their homes and their hearts to these students. Rotary Youth Exchange brings cultures together, opens communities to the wider world and creates families across the globe. In addition, it inspires young leaders to serve as catalysts for peace and social justice in their local communities and throughout the world, long after their exchanges end. To learn more about hosting a student or participating as a student in the Rotary Youth Exchange program, please contact us.
At our recent Annual Community Grants Awards Breakfast, $25,000 was awarded to local organizations who are making a difference in our communities.
The monies we collect through our Annual Food Truck Rally and Annual Golf Outing are used to support local community projects. This year, a total of $25,000 was awarded to the following 2022 Oak Park-River Forest Rotary Community Service Grant Award recipients: