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Inbound/Outbound exchange students:  Our Club has a long history of participating in the long-term student exchange program.  This year we have a local student participating in Hungary, and our inbound student is here from Austria.  The program continues as a highlight of our Clubs youth involvement.

In addition, this Rotary year we had nine (9) short-term exchange program (STEP) participants.  We had four (4) in France; two (2) in Germany; one (1) in Austria; one (1) in Spain and one (1) in Finland.  It is our understanding that the entire District 5020 had 52 STEP participants and our club’s participation represented 17%+.

Dictionary Distribution to 3rd Graders:  We are scheduled to make the distribution of approximately 500 dictionaries to the 3rd grade students in the University Place and Fircrest elementary schools.  Time is taken to explain what Rotary is, what it does and how each student fits in “community.”

Students of the Month Recognition:  Each month of the school year, the staffs at Curtis Jr. High School select a male and female student in the 8th and 9th grades that exhibit positive traits in their participation in the academic and student body life at the school.  Every other month the eight (8) students and their parents are guests at a regular meeting.  The students are given an opportunity to speak of their activities and are presented with a framed certificate and a pen that has the Rotary emblem and is imprinted with “Student of the Month.”

Scholarships:  Our club has been awarding six (6) scholarships for $1,000 each to Curtis Sr. High Students.  (One of the six is provided by a family in the name of a Past Club President, multiple Paul Harris recipient and member with 26 years of perfect attendance before passing away).    The Club has also awarded a $3,000 scholarship to a second year student at Tacoma Community College.

Carry Out the Essence of the 2012 Fund A Need:  As a result of the generosity of our auction participants, $22,600 was raised to support the youth and youth programs in our service area.  The committee is recommending the existing six (6) $1,000 scholarships be increased to $1,500 each, and an additional ten $1,500 scholarships be targeted for particularly deserving

students who will be attending vocational training schools or a community college.