Paula Mompio-Martinez, the AM Rotary Youth Exchange student from Spain, was our speaker on December 12.  Picture is Paula with her host dad, Greg Probst.
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
Ross Wilburn-- Guest of Casey Cook
Mark Ruggeberg-- Downtown RC
Martin Mueller-- Guest of Deb Dunkhase
Gerianne Schaeffer-- Guest of Amy Nicholson
Paula Mompio-Martinez-- Youth Exchange
Ballots were collected for FY 2018 officers.  The 2018 President-Elect is Hazel Seaba and the President-Elect Designate for 2019 is Amy Nicholson.  New Board members starting in July 2018 will be Amanda McFadden, Mike O'Leary, and Tom Langenfeld.  Congrats to all, and thank you for your service to the Club!
President Phil recognized Brian Adamec as a Paul Harris Fellow and Dave Parsons as a Fellow + 3. 
Dr. Martin Mueller exchanged flags between his home club and ours.  He has a 22 year relationship with this club ever since he was an Ambassadorial Scholar at UIHC sponsored by our club.Martin Mueller shown with Chris Knapp and Phil Peterson.
Coffee and salsa sales are in process for the benefit of our youth services.  Casey and Phil will be attending the IC Noon Club to encourage sales.
Peggy Doerge auctioned off a gift basket to benefit the Club.  Dick Huber was high bidder at $125.
Gift wrapping volunteer slots are all set for the full day of December 24.
Amanda McFadden encouraged Trivia Night signups for January 12th.
Mark Patton's retirement party is set for December 15 at the Unitarian-Universalist Church.  Come if you can.
Paula Mompio-Martinez has been attending City High this year.  She is from a small city in Spain about an hour away from Barcelona.  She credits her family, the Probst's, and the City High cross-country team, for welcoming her so warmly to this country and establishing friendships right away.
Paula shared a variety of pictures from her first few months in this country including pictures of the State Fair, cross-country, a Kernels baseball game, a trip to Indiana to see family of the Probsts, the City High Power Puff Football game, homecoming, the Fall meeting of the District 6000 Youth Exchange students, Scream Acres at Halloween, Thanksgiving and many more memories.
Many asked Paula questions about her hometown and differences between here and there.  She lives in a small city near the ocean. School is set up very differently.  She is part of a small class in her hometown, and the students stay together throughout their school years.  Her school day in Spain is 8:30 to 1:30, then home for lunch, and then school again from 3-5.  They begin to learn speak English at an early age and by 13 are studying English grammar.  After high school Paula is unsure of what she wants to do after university studies.  She enjoyed taking a tour of UI and wishes she could study here.  She has 2 years of high school after she returns.
Paula is looking forward to the rest of her exchange, especially the trip around the US from mid-June to mid-July.  She will return home after the trip is done in July.