Posted by Stephen Hoesel on Apr 14, 2019
The Fort Dodge Rotary Club has traditionally supported inbound and outbound exchange students through Rotary.  The associations made are long lasting and the kids often become family members.  However, as the club gets older it is virtually impossible to find the new Rotary requirement of 3 local host families for the nine month period for an inbound student.  Also the administrative paperwork has become very time consuming and the club member that did it last time flatly refuses to do it again.  Therefore, the potential for an inbound student is virtually nil and none.  In the past we have supported outbound students and this year another one or two had been "lined-up" to study abroad.  Unfortunately the new rules from Rotary requires a Club who desires to have an outbound student also accept an inbound student.  Therefore, your Board of Directors have decided to stay involved with Youth Exchange, but this time by supporting the Sister State/Sister City program with Kosovo, specifically the Camp TOKA program.  This program will send four Fort Dodge students to Kosovo for a month long camp with a return visit from Kosovo students later.  To this program the Club has provided $500 to the ongoing community fundraiser for expenses.  Thus, we maintain some sense of a youth exchange program.