Posted by Cathy Bisaillon on Jun 20, 2019
With just four days left in the United States, Ruby Peng from Taiwan enlightened us with all that she did this past year. “The Northwest is really, really cold for me, all the time,” she began. Her presentation started with a shot of the airplane that brought her to us, and it ended with cap & gown photos of last Thursday’s graduation from Klahowya Secondary School.
 
She recalled memories of the welcome party at Peggy & Ron’s, (see below)
 
making friends at school, carving a pumpkin for Halloween (“It was hard to do!”), eating a ton of food at Thanksgiving, and building a snowman. Her trips included Southern California where she toured Hollywood, beach combed and experienced Disneyland in all of its Christmas splendor.
 
Chinese New Year, February 5, 2019
 
Ruby expressed her gratitude to all of our club members that took her places, bought her gifts, and simply treated her with kindness. Chuck and Rick warmly acknowledged how much Ruby has blossomed into an outgoing, fun-loving young lady. They presented her with a bouquet of flowers and a gold necklace with a ruby encased in a heart-shaped pendant to reflect that Ruby has captured our hearts. Ashley Oaksmith was given roses for providing an exceptional host family experience for Ruby. Ashley shared her warm reflections of the year, and she reminded us that there will be a gathering at Mod Pizza on Monday at 5:00 p.m. to share one more meal with Ruby before she boards her plane for Taiwan.
 
Pictured left to right: President Rick Soper, Youth Exchange Officer Chuck Kraining, Ruby, Host Mom Ashley Oaksmith, Youth Protection Officer Elayne Burton