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Louisville Rotary Club

Meeting minutes

April 4, 2018

Club President Jennifer Anderson chaired the meeting for 17 Rotarians with four guests present. Paradise Pastor David Anderson (no relation to Jennifer) gave the prayer and Jennifer led the recitation of the Rotary 4-Way Test and the Pledge of Allegiance. Songmeister Mark Sigler led the singing of Take Me Out to the Ballgame to get everyone in the spirit of opening day for the Cleveland Indians. Foreign exchange students Prachi Patel, Marco Paulovich and Emma Stingele attended the meeting. Maria Mayle, from Green Meadows Care Center, was a guest.

Happy Dollars

n  Cynthia Kerchner said she was glad to be back in Ohio and was looking forward to the Farmers Markets that begin in June. She asked for a volunteer to put out signs. Also, ArtsinStark wants to bring a trailer to use as a stage to the market. “That will allow us to have music,” she said.

n   Jen Anderson said she was glad today because the YMCA was able to help a person in need.

n  There was a brief update on the club’s possible long-term project by Mark Sigler who said there was conversation and he was optimistic things would work out for the club.

The Program

Foreign exchange student Emma Stingele presented a power point program with lots of interesting and colorful discussion about Germany, her home country. Emma hails from Berlin, but earlier lived in Kiel, a small Baltic coastal village. She said she was very thankful for the Rotary allowing her to come to America as an exchange student. Emma’s mother and father are both doctors and she has an older brother, 20, who is a sailor on Germany’s National Competative Sailing Team. Her younger sister is 13 and Emma misses both very much.

Among her interests is skiing, oil painting, playing the piano since she was age 6, and the sport of karate. In fact, she has been a karate instructor for beginners. In Germany, persons must be 18 to drive — Emma is 16 — so she gets around on a bicycle or skateboard.

Why did she want to be an exchange student? “My parents hosted an exchange student from Cleveland, Ohio, plus my father lived in the U.S.A. for three years,” she explained. Emma visited Cleveland, flying by herself for the first time, and stayed a month. “I want to see the world from a different perspective and be aware of how people have different ways of thinking.” Emma has traveled through most of the European counties and last year she traveled to England on her own. She speaks English and German fluently and said she “gets by with French.”

When she began classes at LHS, it was the first time she ever had ridden a school bus. She finds her classes easy and completes her homework in study halls. Her German school does not have study halls and instead of students moving from room to room, there the teachers move and the students stay in the same room. “It helps because the students stay together and you get to know them,” she said. German students do not select their classes but are assigned.

So far she has taken trips to Washington, D.C., New York City and will visit Hawaii before returning home in July. She will be in the third year of high school next fall. Her future plans are undecided; by she likes science and art. “I may go into the medical field, but I like art.”

Coming events

April 11 — Prachi Patel, an exchange student from India, will tell of her time here and how it compares with India.

April 18 — Service Day. Clean the trail or flag preparation.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:00.

Submitted by, Allen Gress, Secretary

 

Louisville Rotary Club

Meeting minutes

April 11, 2018

Club President Jennifer Anderson chaired the meeting for 18 Rotarians with four guests present. Paradise Pastor David Anderson gave the prayer and Jennifer led the recitation of the Rotary 4-Way Test and the Pledge of Allegiance. Foreign exchange students Prachi Patel and Marco Paulovich attended the meeting. Cliff Cassady, a former Minerva school principal and now a Jackson Township resident, was a guest as was Nate Yeagley, son of Rotarian David Yeagley. Nate is a former Rotary exchange student.

Happy Dollars

n   Barb Dejacimo told how her daughter’s class had a fundraiser for children’s cancer research that had a goal of $8,000.

n   Bill Wood updated the club regarding our exchange students’ activities. Emma is on her way to Hawaii; Marco has plans to attend a Cavs game; and Prachi visited a Hindu temple in Cleveland last week.

n  Betty Derry asked the question: Which month is celebrated as Rotary Month? The answer provided by Glen Heiller, is January. Betty announced plans to have a display of the Louisville Rotary Club in the Louisville-Nimishillen Township Historical Society building for the month of January, 2019. Also, she suggested that someone from Rotary do a Rotary history program for their January meeting. Betty continued by informing everyone that the subject for the June Historical meeting program would be the history of the Stark Inter-urban Railroad.

The Program

Foreign exchange student Prachi Patel, from India, gave a power point presentation with accompanying discussion of her homeland. In a geography lesson, we learned that India, considered a sub-continent of Asia, is surrounded on three sides by water that includes the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean. The 1.3 billion population of India makes it the second largest country in the world after China. The country is divided into 29 states with residents speaking over 100 languages, but only 22 are constitutionally credited. The former colonial colony of England, India gained its independence and became an independent country in 1947. Mahatma Gandhi is considered the Father of India for leading the people in a non-violent over-throw of English rule. India’s flag is red, white and green and their national animal is the tiger. India is sometimes referred to as the Spice Country, because spices grow naturally there. The country has 7 national festivals or holidays. Constitution Day, January 26 and the birthday of Gandhi, October 2 are important holidays.  There are a number of national monuments with the Taj Mahal the most famous. It is considered as one of the seven great wonders of the world. Field hockey is their national sport with cricket and spinning top also popular.

Prachi attends a British private Catholic all-girls high school back home. The students must wear uniforms, and students do not change classes, the teachers do. Up till 10th grade, the students do not select their courses,” Prachi explained. “School is in session all year and we have classes six days a week.” Prachie’s native language is Hindi, but she speaks English.

She applied to be an exchange student to the United States because another girl in her school was an exchange student to America last year and she influenced Prachi to do the same. “I applied to be an exchange student because I wanted to explore different cultures and to travel to new places.” One of the surprises she encountered upon arrival here was wearing shoes in the house. “At home in India, we remove our shoes upon entering our homes,” she said.

Prachi’s father owns a photograph studio and her mother is a housewife. She said her parent’s marriage was arranged, but she is not sure hers will be. She has an older sister, 20, and a younger sister-cousin who is 5.

After she graduates from high school, she plans to attend college and work for a degree in Commerce and may apply to an American university. “I’m living my American dream,” she concluded, “I’m here to expect the unexpected.”

Prachi will return to India sometime in July.

Coming events

April 18 — Service Day. Pick one. Clean the trail or flag preparation.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:00.

Submitted by, Allen Gress, Secretary

On April 18th, we met at Greg's house to clean up the walking path.