Club Meeting – September 29th, 2016

solstis-092916We enjoyed hearing from two speakers today.  The first Al Soltis, is the Roanoke Area Director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and VMI grad!  Mr. Soltis related how Rotary served as an adult model of what they try to teach the youth in the FCA.  The FCA has a special event “Fields of Faith” scheduled October 9th from 6-8PM at the Salem Stadium. Special Guest is motivational speaker Seth Franco, retired Harlem Globetrotter.  Click on the links above for more information.  This is the first time the event will be held in Salem Stadium and a good turn out is expected.

alberte-krabbe-092916Our featured speaker was the Rotary Club of Salem’s inbound exchange student from Denmark, Alberte Krabbe.  Alberte has been here less than a month and has already enjoyed a busy schedule over and above her enrollment as a student at Salem High School.  Of the various Rotary International programs, for many the Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) is their favorite.

The RYE program gives young people an early opportunity to truly experience new cultures and customs.  RYE naturally builds goodwill and  friendships among students and adults to better promote global understanding and peace.  The experience is beneficial to all concerned.. students, Rotarians, host families and acquaintances.


Each year we get the chance to get to know an exceptional young person from different parts of the globe.  Alberte today spoke to us about Denmark, her family and the initial impressions of her temporary home.  These students often face tough competition to participate in RYE.  Our club is the beneficiary of the results.  We look forward to getting to know Alberte and making her experience in Salem a memorable one.   An experience she can in the future characterize as American hygge.

If you want to get to know contemporary Denmark a bit better, visit our Salem Public Library
and find DVD’s of “Borgen” an excellent
Danish TV political drama series .