Posted by Patty Burnett on Jul 18, 2018
Natalie Dow told the club all about her year as a Rotary Exchange Student in Peru -- the fun like playing in a band and the scary like unsanitary drinking water. Despite the lows, it was an amazing experience for her, and she thanked the club for sponsoring her.
Several years ago we sponsored Natalie for a Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA), meaning she attended a five-day camp learning about leadership, teamwork and Rotary values such as Service Above Self. When she reported back to the club, our member Larry Matten asked if she knew about youth exchange, and that's where her adventure began. 
Natalie applied and asked for a South American country, even though she did not speak any Spanish. She's fluent in German, but she had lived in Europe and she wanted "different." Different was Lima, Peru. 
Natalie's sister Audrey attended Young RYLA the same summer. She's now a student at Cherry Creek High School. In August Natalie will be off to Washington University in D.C. 
Their parents also have dived into the Rotary world. Mike became a member of our club, and Katherine sometimes comes in his place when he's traveling. As a family, they will host a Rotary Exchange Student from Switzerland, beginning in August. He will attend Cherry Creek. The Dows will host him for the first part of the year, then two other families will take over. We are co-sponsoring Raphael with the Centennial Rotary Club. 
Rotary: It's all in the family!
The Dow family Katherine, Natalie, Audrey and Mike with president Ed, left