Posted on Jan 04, 2019
Nick Johnson
This meeting was run by future president Nick Johnson, who offered opportunities to provide feedback at President@seriously-leave-me-alone.com (Ha ha!)
 
Lori Cloutier receives Viking Spirit Award
The Viking Spirit Award was bestowed upon Lori Cloutier for her battle against Styrofoam!*
 
John Waller earned his Blue Badge
John Waller earned his Blue Badge! He was sponsored by Jon Pavey. Each new member receives a red name badge. After completing a series of new member tasks designed to help them fully participate in the activities of the club, they receive a blue name badge. 
 

Important Announcements 

• Beer Tasting January 11 at Garfein’s — Geoff to M.C. 
• Jan 15: Pizza and Pints to End Polio fundraiser at Western Red 
• VIKING TOUR season is coming! Again headed by Nick Johnson and Paul Vaughan 
• Dave Shields won the FRAFFLE 
• *Styrofoam roundup = 380 carloads and ONE TON collected! 
 

Emily Carthum's Rotary Exchange Experience in Croatia

Emily Carthum's Exchange Experience in CroatiaEmily shared thoughtful commentary and stunning pictures from her time in Croatia last school year. She had two host families, which she loved and misses. She spoke fondly of vineyards in the middle of the city and beautiful cemeteries and churches. She described going to the market voted “The Best Christmas market in Europe”, which had many colors and lights, plus food and trinkets.
 
She pushed herself to take a dance class, where she says she progressed from “really awful” to “less bad,” and said that school was very difficult. She had 17 classes which included English, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, French, Ethics and religion, sociology, phycology, and more! PLUS they held random 1:1 graded oral exams! School ran in shifts, either 8am to 2pm or 2pm to 8pm. She made LOTS OF FRIENDS and loved the food (pasta, pastries, sausage).
 
Emily was able to travel a lot, both with Rotary and school. She visited many national parks and cities and met exchange students from around the world. She described her Eurotour at the end of May as the best two weeks of her life, where she got to peek over a wall at the Grand Prix (on the shoulders of a tall friend), and also visit Venice, Vatican City, Monte Carlo, and the Coliseum in Rome.
 
She went to the Slavonija area, saw bullet holes in walls in Romania, and went on a Rotary trip to Austria (Salzburg weekend), and Rijeka for “Carnival,” where people dressed up and held parades. She told of the most visited region in Croatia — Dalmacija, which had water coming up on a dock that creates music (she climbed to the top of the tower at Dioclétien's Palace in Split).
 
 
 
Emily CarthumDuring the Q & A portion, she elaborated on the Christmas Markets, which are part of Advent, with shops, trinkets, food, and lights throughout December and the start of January. 
 
She described the economy a little more — recognizing that it was formerly socialist. She said that tram drivers make more than teachers, food is cheaper, but imported clothing is very expensive. She was aware that there was a lot of corruption, and that the country relies heavily on tourism.
 
Emily’s enthusiasm for the Youth Exchange Program showed throughout her entire presentation. She now appreciates things around her, such as school resources, and after her experiences and meeting people who fought in the war, she has a more worldly perspective. She is applying to colleges now. The three things to do in Croatia — if you go: 1. Try burek (a pastry), 2. In Zagreb, go to The Museum of Broken Relationships, and 3. Get to the coast and experience the rocky beaches.
 
 
 
Emily CarthumPresident Tim Nichols gave Emily a well-earned Be the Inspiration pin. Thank you, Emily!