Rotarians hear from youth exchange students
Posted by : August 7, 2013| On :
Special to The Monitor
KEMP–Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake members heard Mabank High School students Natasha Dare and Haley McCoin speak about their youth exchange experiences to Japan and Germany.
Dare was stationed in Iwate Perfecture, a district on the eastern tip of Honshu island, from June 11-26.
“We saw a lot of museums and a lot of history,” Dare said.
She also spoke of touring the observatory, a geothermal plant and a cow museum.
“We saw everything from mountains to sea including a lot of skiers and an abundance of rivers and streams,” she added.
The most unusual item she saw was the bathrooms. “The toilets are literally a hole in the floor. The bathroom floors are tiled for showers. The whole room is a shower, not just a an enclosed section like we have here,” Dare said.
Among the most unusual food Dare tasted was the whale bacon. “It was very chewy,” she said.
McCoin traveled to Adenau, Germany, in June, living on top of a motorcycle shop owned by her youth exchange sister’s family.
McCoin also talked of the history in the area.
“We visited the Nurburgring race track, a town wall that was 1,000 years old, the Colonge dome and lots of castles,” she said.
“The architecture there is from the 1200s-1800s,” McCoin added.
She also toured a Catholic prayer path, a Roman bath house and a monastery.
“It is amazing to see new buildings standing right next to the old ones. The Roman bath house is really old but still standing and in really good shape,” McCoin said.
In other business, Rotarians heard:
• Twin Lake Golf Course owner Randy Wade speak about his company and its upcoming tournaments.
“You will always be greeted with a Texas hello. We believe in service above self,” Wade said.
The Twin Lakes 4th annual Toy Drive Golf Tournament is set for Sunday, Dec. 1 and benefits Van Zandt County families in need. The two-person scramble begins at 10:30 a.m. and registration is $75 per player. Deadline is Friday, Nov. 29.
The Canton Rotary Club second annual golf tournament is set for Monday, Oct. 14 and benefits the Canton Educational Foundation.
The four-person scramble begins at 8:30 a.m. For more information, call (903) 567-1112.