Rotary Club hosts foreign students
February 11, 2008
The Summit County Rotar Club sponsored 22 high school students from around the world last weekend for three days of skiing and snowboarding at Copper Mountain.On Friday morning, a busload of students being hosted by Rotary clubs in District 5450 arrived in Summit County. Among the countries represented were Taiwan, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Namibia, Turkey, Hungary, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Denmark, Switzerland and Romania.Special thanks go out to several area merchants for their generous support of this unique event.Lift tickets for the three days were provided by Copper Mountain and Intrawest, and their food and beverage department provided a great chicken dinner Saturday night. Copper Ambassadors also allowed two of their Ambassadors, Dave Mathews and Ann Clement, to work with the students on Friday and Saturday. Rob Waterman, Jason Brewer and Jeff Burns provided instruction.Discounted rentals were provided by Christy Sports. Walmart donated a gift certificate, and Pizza Hut and Dominoes provided discounted pizzas. Safeway provided pastries and cakes for a party at the Mountainside Condos in Frisco. Graeme Johnston and Snow Business USA, Inc. produced Tee shirts given to each student.Ski Medallions were provided by the following organizations so that our volunteers could ski and ride at Copper Mountain, as many of the students were new to snow sports: Wells Fargo Bank, Bank of the West, Summit Daily News and Mark and Marilyn Hogan.Several local families hosted the kids for the weekend.This annual event has become a highlight for the many international students who visit Colorado through the exchange sponsored by Rotary International and various Rotary Clubs in Colorado.Anyone interested in hosting future students, or if you have a high school student, who would like to study abroad, may contact Jim Brook, the Youth Exchange Officer for the Summit County Rotary Club at email@example.com or visit http://www.rye5450.org.