become a host family

Become a Host Family
A host family is a vital part of the cultural exchange, immersing the student in a variety of activities while in the host country. The host family plays a large role in offering the student a view of another country and gains the opportunity to learn about a new culture from a young leader.
Hosting is a tremendous experience in which you can share in a young person’s hopes and dreams and develop a lifelong connection with a student and family from another country. It can be challenging to help a young person transition to a new culture and ease into the surroundings but the rewards are immeasurable.
Host families in the Youth Exchange program come in all shapes and sizes.
They can be Rotarians or non-Rotarians, and they may include young children,
older children, or no children at all.

If you happen to enjoy skiing, snowboarding or snowmobiling, you were likely thrilled to see the first heavy snowfall of 2020. But for the rest of us, another Canadian winter means lots more shoveling, slipping and sliding and scrapping of windshields as we wait for the spring thaw. Winter seems to last forever. But luckily, in this part of the Great White North, there is a brief respite to be found in the annual, four-day celebration known as the Stirling Groundhog Fest. The local Lions club will host an evening with Mentalist, Buzz Collins, Friday Jan. 31 plus an evening of Classic Rock, featuring Rayzor’s Edge on Sat. Feb. 1 – both events in the Lion’s Hall.
But the Groundhog Fest party gets started with an incredible night of music in the Community Hall of the historic Stirling railway station, the evening of Thursday Jan. 30 and features an all-star lineup of local performers.
“We need to forget about winter and kick back to take some time to enjoy ourselves,” noted Stirling Rotarian, Laurie Osborne, “and this night of music and good food will be a great distraction from all the ice and snow.”
The local Rotary club entrusted local legend, Dave Bush, with lining up all the talent for this special event and he had this to say, “I’m very excited about hosting this night of music because we will be showcasing some of the very best talent in the area. Any one of these performers would be worth seeing all on their own but we will be featuring all five on the same bill.” Bush went on to explain that Deb O’Connor, Dave Embury, Andrew Gardiner, Ryan Coolen and Casey Garlick have all been booked to entertain at the Stirling Rotary Groundhog Fest Music Night. Master of ceremonies for the evening will be the inimitable Mr. Bush himself who, with very little prodding, is always ready and willing to share an amusing original tune or two.
The Stirling Rotary Groundhog Fest Music Night is set for Thursday Jan. 30 in the Community Hall at the historic Stirling railway station. Doors open at 6:30 and ‘live’ music starts at 7:30. Admission is by donation. Please plan to be generous, as all proceeds will be used to fund worthwhile community projects.
“We’ll be offering homemade chili served with toasted garlic bread to take the chill off,” explained Rotarian, Osborne, “and there’ll be beer, wine as well as non-alcoholic drinks available. But plan to be there as soon after 6:30 as possible because seating is limited.”
For additional information Osborne suggests a visit to the Stirling Rotary club’s Facebook page.

Groundhog Festival

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