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Rotary Club hosts exchange group from Puerto Rico

July 06, 2009

Four Puerto Rican educators and their team leader spent five days in Hagerstown last month as part of Rotary International's Group Study Exchange program.

Hosted by the Hagerstown Rotary Club, the team included four teachers: Nitzalis Rivera Agosto, Magaly M. Duprey Almeyda, Liz S. Alvarado Perdomo and Evelyn Nieves Rosa.

The team leader was Dr. Robert Sherwin from Rotary District 7000 in Puerto Rico.

During their stay, the teachers learned about a variety of educational programs.

They spent time visiting with educators from Washington County Public Schools and Hagerstown Community College. They also visited Annapolis, and toured the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts and Antietam National Battlefield.

The group was in the United States from June 4 to 30, staying with Rotarians in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Maryland. The program is for professionals ages 25 to 40.

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Dick Schukraft, Hagerstown Rotary's program committee chair, coordinated the team's Washington County visit.

Hagerstown Rotary committee members Mike Attardi, Frank Erck, Henry House, Terry King and Brien Poffenberger planned the activities and escorted the team on its various activities.

Also assisting were Rotarians Elizabeth Morgan, Washington County Public Schools superintendent, and Guy Altieri, Hagerstown Community College president, who provided staff and facilities for the group's Vocational Day.

Transportation was provided by Frank Erck, Rick Toms and Dick Schukraft. Gifts were secured by Gaye McGovern and John Barr on behalf of Hagerstown Rotary and Washington County government, respectively.

Rotary leaders offered special thanks to State Sen. Donald Munson for personally helping to plan and escort the group in Annapolis.

Providing housing for the five days were hosting Rotary families Michael and Sybil Attardi, John League and April Dowler, James and Clair Kercheval, Jerry and Debbie Spessard, and Ronald and Laura Sulchek.

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