History of Rotary Youth Exchange

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Presentation given by Andrew Page at the 2013 Youth Exchange Officers Preconvention Meeting in Lisbon, Portugal.

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History of Rotary Youth Exchange

  1. 1. The History of Rotary Youth Exchange Andrew Page Rotary District 1060 Great Britain and Ireland
  2. 2. The History of Rotary Youth Exchange Acknowledgements Susan Hanf – RI History and Archives Department Rotarians: Bo Hennby, Ana Maria Pimenta and Stu McDonald
  3. 3. History of Rotary Youth Exchange The Beginning
  4. 4. History of Rotary Youth Exchange The Early Years 1927 or possibly earlier – First Exchanges probably took place in Denmark and France
  5. 5. History of Rotary Youth Exchange The Early Years Sven Knudsen, Danish school supervisor, sponsored this youth exchange back in 1929.....above are underprivileged children enjoying good times made possible by Rotarians at Vichy, France Was this the first Youth Exchange?
  6. 6. History of Rotary Youth Exchange The Early Years 1927 or possibly earlier – First Exchanges probably took place in Denmark and France 1928 January - French Rotarian proposes to RI Board an international youth exchange between Rotarians with children. Board took no action on the suggestion. June - RI Board considers youth exchange not a proper activity for Rotary March - Switzerland proposes vocational exchanges with Italy, Denmark and Belgium July - Board amends decision and gives support to the idea of vocational exchanges September - American school and college age boys go to Denmark Group of Mexican boys visit America 1929 January - 160 Australian boys go on 5 month exchange trip to the United States April - First Youth Exchange Convention in Copenhagen November - Board decide RI should not establish a central organization to arrange international exchange of youth through national committees
  7. 7. History of Rotary Youth Exchange The Early Years 1930s Growth in European Summer Camps involve many European countries Austria Belgium Czechoslovakia Denmark England Finland France Germany Hungary Ireland Italy Luxembourg Netherlands Portugal Spain Sweden Switzerland Yugoslavia
  8. 8. History of Rotary Youth Exchange The Early Years Unofficial ambassadors of goodwill were these young sons of Rotarians selected for Great Britain - United States youth exchange visits initiated by the 69th Rotary District (Georgia U.S.A.) From Great Britain (top): Denis O. Davis, Thomas D. Green, Richard A. Miles and John A. F. Ennals; From the United States (bottom): Robert P. McCuen, Louis A. Falligant III, E. Guy Cole, Jr. and W. Lee Wood, Jr. June 1935
  9. 9. History of Rotary Youth Exchange The Early Years
  10. 10. History of Rotary Youth Exchange Australia
  11. 11. History of Rotary Youth Exchange Australia 1962 First LT Youth Exchange with Japan Yoko Miyazaki 2008 Yoko and Sally 1959 First Inbound LT Youth Exchange John Rogers From Nebraska
  12. 12. History of Rotary Youth Exchange Brasil
  13. 13. History of Rotary Youth Exchange Brasil 1967 Rtn. Ruy Pimenta arranged first Rotary Youth Exchange with Pennsylvania USA
  14. 14. History of Rotary Youth Exchange Brasil APPLICATION FORM of ANA MARIA RONDAS PIMENTA OUTBOUND JAN/1967 D. 458 SPONSOR CLUB: RC BELO HORIZONTE-LESTE HOST CLUB: ALLENTOWN ROTARY CLUB D.743
  15. 15. History of Rotary Youth Exchange Brasil First Group of American Students
  16. 16. History of Rotary Youth Exchange
  17. 17. History of Rotary Youth Exchange 1971 – Youth Exchange Pre-Convention meeting started 1974 – Council on Legislation established Youth Exchange as an activity of RI 1991 – RI takes on the administration of the Pre-Convention meeting 2007 – Introduction of Certification
  18. 18. History of Rotary Youth Exchange
  19. 19. Youth Exchange students learn how people who seem so different are really the same. They begin to appreciate what unites people everywhere. They have a broader understanding of the world. They come back as different people. Youth Exchange plays an essential part in Rotary’s global mission of building peace by helping to build, one exchange at a time, good relationships between nations. Sakuji Tanaka – March 2013 History of Rotary Youth Exchange

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