YE celebrates 50 years

Jubilee flat cake

by Lizzy Flinn-Brown

District 7150 Youth Exchange honored a big milestone with a jubilee dinner on January 6th at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool. Despite the snow, over 150 people attended the event, which featured a silent auction, notes from past exchange students on every table, live music and several speakers.

The evening kicked off with the traditional Parade of Flags, featuring our current inbound students and several past exchange students. Past district committee chair Mic Jenkins, of Baldwinsville, shared what an honor it was for him to lead the committee and how meaningful cultural exchange has been throughout the years. A touching tribute to former exchange student Andi, who passed away from cancer, was bravely led by host parent Mike DeBottis and included airing Andi’s music video that the Make A Wish Foundation sponsored. District Governor Phyllis presented outgoing committee chair Tom Taylor with a Paul Harris in honor of his years of leadership and dedication to the program – surprise!

The program concluded with a montage of well wishes from former exchange students and the Rotary districts we exchange with, submitted from all over the world! Overall the evening was a hit, that brought laughter and tears to all in attendance, successfully honoring all of those who have come before and those who are still to come in our district’s shining star, Youth Exchange.

Editor’s note: You can view pictures from the evening by going to the News & Updates/Photos page of this website or by clicking¬†here.