The Neepawa Inner Wheel gave its own version of a “global warming” recently, as it gave a warm welcome to Rotary Exchange students from around the world to begin their exchanges in Manitoba.
The local Inner Wheel group hosted an orientation weekend from Sept. 20-22 for all of the exchange students in Rotary District 5550. Youth from France, Belgium, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, Brazil, Sweden, Spain and Finland all attended the event, as they started to become accustomed to their 'new home' with Canadian Rotarian family billets for the upcoming school year.
Students took part in orientation meetings throughout the weekend, while also taking in some bowling, a banquet, a wiener roast and a student dance.
As has become the annual tradition, the event also featured one of Geordie Vincent's welcome banners.
“Each year students sign it and one lucky winner gets to take it home,” Neepawa Inner Wheel's Myra Bennet explained.
In years past, stories of the banner have been shared across the world, including Australia where a former exchange student recently re-found the banner created during his exchange orientation in Neepawa. The story of that banner eventually made it into a feature article in a well-known Australian news publication.
“We thank Geordie for his yearly donation,” Bennet noted, adding, “Thank you also to Larry Evans for his yearly donation of bowling prizes.”
Meanwhile, Neepawa is scheduled to have an exchange student this year, but her arrival has been delayed.
“Unfortunately she has not arrived yet due to Visa difficulties,” Bennet explained.
When she does arrive, the community is encouraged to continue Neepawa's “global warming” by offering friendly hello's to Maria Villa Bustamante, a student from Boyaco, Columbia.
“We all look forward to her arrival soon,” Bennet concluded.