Our Rotary Youth Exchange student, Byron Chavez, went to the Rotary Youth conference in McCall that was held the first weekend of the McCall Winter Carnival.  He joined all the "inbounds" to Idaho from other countries, like himself, and next year's "outbounds" to other countries from Idaho.  The "inbounds" shared powerpoints of the country from which they came to the RYE "outbounds". 
     They spent their days skiing, snowboarding, swimming, and participating in a float in the Mardi Gras parade. The picture is of them in the parade displaying their countries from whence they came and the countries to which our "outbounds" will go. They had a great weekend of bonding with all the other students and Rotary folks in charge of the program.  This was a great opportunity for Rotary to shine!  We are making a difference in the world through our youth!
     Currently, Byron is attending Caldwell High School, and lives with his second host family, Evie and Jim Griswold and their 3 children. He will complete his year with a 3rd host family beginning in March.  Mike Dittenber is his Rotary Youth Exchange Counselor and Leora Summers is his Rotary Youth Exchange Officer. Byron will attend the District 5400 meeting in Sun Valley in May with all the other exchange "inbounds" before returning home to Chile.