Posted by Krista Kronlokken
on Jan 12, 2015
Maria is such an amazing young woman. It was refreshing to see someone with such excitement for life. Maria spent a gap year (the year between high school and college) in South Africa. She chose South Africa because it was something different and the only country in Africa that a Rotary Exchange student could visit. Most people go somewhere in Europe, to Spain, Paris or other glamorous places. Maria was different; she wanted to go for an experience she would never forget. She wanted to fully dive into her community; she didn’t even bring her phone or her computer. Let me tell you that as a high school girl myself that would be very challenging. Through her experience, she always thought of a quote by Abe Lincoln, “I don’t think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.” Thanks, Maria, for the great, inspiring presentation.
Posted by Mike Thomas
on Jan 13, 2015
Holly Callen is an Eden Prairie Noon Rotary member who spends her winters in Arizona, like any smart person should do. Recently, she received a beautiful award for a Rotary project that is close to her heart. According to Holly,
"The club that I go to in AZ - Fountain Hills Rotary Club - surprised me with a club "Service Above Self" award for my work with Street Girls Aid in Ghana. I owe a lot of our success to our club [Eden Prairie Noon Rotary] for their strong support of me and this project. Please thank the club again for me."
|Holly makes a huge impact wherever she is. Although she is gone for the winter, we are happy to share her with our fellow Rotarians in Arizona. We are so proud of her work with the Street Girls of Ghana and we are happy to play an important role in supporting her. Thanks so much, Holly, for all that you do!|
Posted by Mike Thomas
on Jan 05, 2015
Maria Friedman is a former STRIVE student from Eden Prairie High School and also former Rotary Youth Exchange student. A couple of years ago, she went to South Africa as an outbound student. As a result of these experiences, she has totally transformed herself and is now a dynamic public speaker. Join us to hear this amazing young lady as she tells us about her journey and how Rotary has impacted her life.
Maria is currently a freshman at the University of Minnesota.