How Rotary Youth Exchange shaped my life

Ivan Vianna

By Ivan Vianna, District 4760 Rotary Youth Exchange chairman emeritus and a member of the Rotary Club of Belo Horizonte-Pampulha, Brazil

My Rotary Youth Exchange provided me with the main ingredients I needed to be successful in my profession as an engineer. More important, the experience shaped my character and helped make me the person I am.

In January 1968, I began my exchange year in Montrose, Pennsylvania, USA. I knew enough English to communicate, but adjusting from the 98 degrees Fahrenheit days in Brazil to 12 degrees during a Pennsylvania winter was rough! Continue reading

Enhancing Rotary’s image through service

Claudio Spiguel, third from left, and other members of the Rotary Club of Guaxupé, Minas Gerais, Brazil, with a car they purchased for a school for at risk youth.  Photo courtesy Claudio Spiguel

By Claudio Spiguel, District 4560 Rotary Foundation Chair  and a member of the Rotary Club of Guaxupé, Minas Gerais, Brazil

In the past few years, my Rotary Club of Guaxupé has hosted five Matching Grant projects with The Rotary Foundation. Two of these projects aimed at the purchase of vehicles for beneficiary organizations that support needy segments of the community. These vehicles have fulfilled the project objectives, and have been put to very good use.

They have also accomplished something else as important — they have elevated our club’s visibility in the community and helped us attract new members. Continue reading

Brazilian hospital gets its own dialysis machine

Claudio Spiguel (right) helps unveil a sign noting Rotary’s contribution to a new dialysis machine for the ICU in Guaxupé. Photo courtesy of Claudio Spiguel

By Claudio Spiguel, assistant governor for District 4560 and Rotary Foundation committee chair for the Rotary Club of Guaxupé, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

I served as president of my club for two consecutive years in 2006-07 and 2007-08, two very busy years. In those years, and the ones since, my club has undertaken a number of important service projects, including one to support a pilot bakery and an industrial sewing training room at a local school for underprivileged children. But perhaps the most memorable project so far has been one that we just completed in May. Continue reading