In these six months I lived a lot of amazing experiences. Especially since the Christmas break, I feel like I’ve finally reached an equilibrium and I’ve adjusted to pretty much everything, forgetting the homesickness and loneliness. When I was still with my first host family, I went skiing to Kirkwood. I had never seen the snow before, except from another single time that I barely remembered, and I had never been on a pair of skis. I was very excited but also scared of trying this new sport, not knowing what to expect. My host dad and my host aunt, which are formidable skiers, taught me the bases and between one fall and another I managed to survive the mountains, also being able to go to a few blu runs! I loved it and since I’ve been with my second host family I went skiing other two times, and now I’m looking forward to the ski trip we’ll have at the end of February with the other exchange students of the district. The next months I’ll have a lot of trips and many other events I’m very excited for, such as my parents’ visit during spring break, graduation, senior ball… but the more I want to live the next adventures my exchange reserves for me, the more I wish I could stop the time not to get to the day when I’ll have to say goodbye to the life I’ve built in this country, to Pleasanton, to the beautiful places I’ve visited, to the amazing people I’ve met. But I know for sure that I’ll always carry in my heart all of this, and I’ll always be grateful in future for the life changing experience I will have lived."
Daniel shares an update on his exchange so far, below.
Look for word from Bea from Italy soon!
Look for updates soon from our inbound (hosted here in Pleasanton) students Bea from Italy and Daniel from Brazil.
The event brought together local citizens and students, Rotarians and family members for a enjoyable evening of food fun and community.
Here are a few pictures from the fun evening. Speak with Tina Oellrich to find out about how you can be involved in next year's event.
Today was a day of “catch up” for Slick, and multiple Rotarians of the Month were recognized.
Mark Linsky - Rotarian of the Month, December 2016
Dave Pitcher - Rotarian of the Month, October 2016
Dominic Pipitone - Rotarian of the Month, September 2016
President Slick and the one and only Dominic Pipitone
President Slick and Dave "Fiscal Responsibility" Pitcher
President Slick and Mark "Youth Services Dynamo" Linsky
Paul Harris pins represent a concrete, monetary commitment to Rotary International, and our global organization’s goals and activities.
The Pasta Feed is right around the corner. We are well on our way to finishing everything up for this great annual event. Please attend, and invite your friends and family, drop it at church, your hairdresser, you name it. It will be an outstanding and old-fashioned family evening of fun.
Come join us!
There were five outstanding participants who clearly worked very hard to prepare and practice for their presentations. A hearty congratulations to you all. This year's participants and winners were all from Foothill High School here in town.
Through her slideshow and presentation today as our featured speaker, Lexi shared that she lived with multiple families in Valence and the surrounding areas, and had an outstanding experience overall. The slideshow was fabulous and Lexi is a very poised, confident young speaker.
Lexi is off to college in Boston after the holidays.
From your PNR family here in Pleasanton, we wish you the very best of luck with your next adventure Lexi!
Sean comes to PNR via good friend Ed Golden, and has made many new friends from attending meetings and participating in multiple service projects.
Professionally, Sean is a systems engineer at Dimension Data, a well-regarded global tech firm.
Welcome, Sean—You’re a fantastic addition to our club!
This contest is a *great* way for local high school students to hone their speaking skills in a friendly and competitive environment. Successful students in the past have come from Drama, Debate, English and Speech programs, but there are no restrictions!
If you know a Pleasanton high school student that would be serious about participating, we’d love to have them register and be there!
1st Place winner is awarded $100, 2nd Place $50, and 3rd Place $25.
Here are the details:
We had Outbound student Antoinette Pouteau join us. She's headed for a year in France very shortly.
We also had parents and prospective future exchange students from Amador join the meeting to learn more about Rotary and Rotary Youth Exchange.
Our two Inbound (i.e. now living in Pleasanton) students Beatrice Sanna from Italy, and Daniel Costa from Brazil join the program to present Rotary flags from their home clubs to Pleasanton North Rotary.
Our guest speaker was Nagisa Smalheiser who just recently returned from an amazing student year abroad in Northern Spain. Smalheiser made a formal presentation to the group, shared of her experiences and insights, and fielded a variety of questions from Rotarians, guests and interested students.
In the photo below, Beatrice and Daniel present flags from their home clubs to PNR President "Slick" David Eisenhauer, while Youth Exchange Chair Kevin Greenlee couldn't be prouder.
Nagisa Smalheiser presents President "Slick" with a flag from her former host club in Northern Spain...As the Club President in Spain appears to watch over the presentation of the flag personally, from the PowerPoint screen.
June's high school student of the month is Sara Sanchez.
Foothill Principal Jason Krolikowski shared from the nomination letter about Sara's kindness, compassion and leadership by example, as well as her impressive commitment to both "We the People" and swimming, all in the face of significant health challenges.
Congratulations to you Sara, on being named Student of the Month, and best of luck at Scripps College in the fall!
Below: Sara (center) is awarded this school year's final Pleasanton North Rotary Student of the Month certificate by PNR member Meera Parikh (right) as Foothill Principal Jason Krolikowski (left) looks on proudly.
Troops and attendees enjoyed a breakfast of pancakes, sausages, orange juice, bagels and donuts...courtesy of the many organizations collaborating with the local Lions Club to make the day a success.
A rotating cadre of PNR members provided complimentary coffee to attendees. The annual event gives civilians the opportunity to interact with service members, gives vets the chance to catch up with one another, and this year, gave kids the chance to see and learn hands-on all about a Humvee.
A hearty thanks to all who participated, and of course to all those who serve or have served this great nation.
The Club enjoyed a fun session on the power and versatility of improvisation, both on stage and in daily life.
What served as the lively topic and target for the Club to address with its newfound improvisation powers?
Let's see how President "Uncle Fester" (L), David Eisenhauer (C) and Dominic Pipitone (R) improvise and work together to field a "challenging" question from the audience:
Thank you for your kind gift, Tulancingo, that represents our strong friendship.
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