Rotary Club to go hungry

Two Rotary International programs will be the topics of discussion at the Sweetwater Rotary Club meeting to be held on Monday, Feb. 28. The noon-time meeting will be held at the TSTC West Texas Sweetwater campus in the banquet room located north of the cafeteria. Jack Campbell will be the guest speaker and will discuss the Rotary Youth Exchange. Campbell currently serves as the Rotary District 5730 Chairman of the Rotary Youth Exchange program.The Youth Exchange program allows students between the ages of 15-19 to spend up to a year in a country with a host family in order to gain a foreign cultural experience. Depending on the length of the stay, participants may partake in various tours or even attend school in the country.Interested applicants must meet certain requirements to be eligible and participate through an application and interview process. While the Rotary Club does administer and sponsor the student, various expenses must be covered by the student and his parents/guardians.The PolioPlus Program will also be highlighted during the meeting. The Polio Plus Chair for the Sweetwater Rotary Club, Gil Cherry, has been working with TSTC food services to devise a way to raise funds for Rotary International's efforts in eradicating polio from the world. At the meeting, Rotarians and guests will "go hungry" for world-wide polio eradication by eating only beans and cornbread in an effort to raise funds for the campaign.Local Rotary club members are encouraged to bring as many guests as possible. The meeting is open to the public, and those interested in attending should contact Mila Gibson at 933-4425 so that she may sponsor the guests' lunch.