Rotary helps youth … coming and going

Rotary Club of Port Elgin has been sponsoring students every year since 1982, both incoming from around the world and outgoing from our local community.

Students are between 15-19 years old and are committed to 11 months, living and going to school, from August to July.

A Rotary club sponsors out-going students who are matched to receiving Rotary clubs at their destination in one of more than 100 countries.   The monetary value of this free exchange is approximately $20,000. The program is a school exchange, not a vacation. 

Incoming students attend the local Saugeen District Secondary School, taking regularly offered courses, and are hosted by families for three to four months at a time.

This year’s incoming youth exchange student was Miyu Yoneyama of Japan, who celebrated her 18th birthday in May in Canada, and who will return to Japan on July 17th.

Miyu Yoneyama

While in Canada, Miyu became part of hosting families in Saugeen Shores.

The benefits of Rotary Youth Exchanges are many:

  • Rotary Youth Exchange builds peace one young person at a time

  • Students learn a new language, discover another culture, and truly become global citizens

  • Exchange students unlock their true potential

  • Develop lifelong leadership skills

  • Learn a new language and culture

  • Build lasting friendships with young people from around the world

  • Become a global citizen

 In addition to student exchanges, Rotary also helps young students with their education with bursaries.

On Tuesday, July 12th, Port Elgin Rotary presented $750 to each of two local students, Matt Lemcke and Cassidy Kazimer, to help with their post-secondary education.

(L) Matt Lemcke receives bursary from Pres. Rob Dunlop

Matt Lemcke is off to McMaster University to pursue a career in Engineering.

Cassidy Kazimer also received a bursary to help with her studies in bio-technology with a specialization in DNA at Fleming College.

Cassidy Kazimer receives bursary from Pres. Rob Dunlop