On Friday morning, May 11th, the three Benton County Rotary Clubs (Boswell, Fowler & Otterbein) held an Outbound Rotary Youth Exchange Program for all 9th and 10th graders at Benton Central.  There were approximately 60 students in attendance for the session.  Assistant Governor Coordinator, Steve Sorenson kicked off the presentation with a brief introduction to Rotary.  Our current Inbound Rotary Youth Exchange student, Tuuli Vidgren, a student at Benton Central, then talked about her experience in becoming a Rotary Youth Exchange student.  Rotarian Mike Richardson, our District 6540 Outbound Youth Exchange Coordinator from Logansport, gave a short presentation on the program in some greater detail.  Mike also had two exchange students speak at this session.  Victoria was an Outbound student from last year who lived in Italy, and the other student was a current Inbound student Megane from France, who is residing in Logansport at this time.

We were honored to have the support of Rotary District 6540 and DG Mike Crabill for this special first time presentation that we are aware of.  Boswell Rotary was represented at this session by Missy Houghtaling and Linda Gibson.  Fowler Rotary was represented by Jack Duncan and Steve Sorenson.  Jack has agreed to also serve as our multi club Outbound coordinator, in addition to his Inbound position.  Preliminary applications were distributed to all the students in attendance, with instructions to return them to their local Rotary club or to Jack Duncan.