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Rotary Youth Exchange Program Transforms Lives

As a member of the Paarl Rotary Club in South Africa, Benjy ( and Marilyn) hosted 2 Rotary Youth Exchange students from Brussels, Belgium.

The first was Francois - Michel Rigo, in 1991. He has since become a Rotarian, in the same Rotary Club as Jean - Paul Snyers.

The latter’s daughter ( Anne- Sophie Snyers) was hosted by Benjy and Marilyn, in 1994.

Benjy and Marilyn visited Belgium late last month and met up with them both, at the same time reuniting with Jean - Paul ( whom they had met when he and his wife visited South African whilst Anne- Sophie was living with Benjy and Marilyn).

Jean-Paul handed Benjy his Rotary Club’s banner...

...which Benjy presented to our Club a few weeks ago.


Jean - Paul proudly presented our Club’s banner to his Club.



Anne - Sophie is now married, with 3 boys.


Francois-Michel and his fiancée have a young boy, but the son is not shown in the photo below.


Benjy and Marilyn have over all these years stayed in close touch with both of them and rgard them as an extension of their family

Yet again, this proves how powerful the Rotary Youth Exchange Program is and how it can transform lives, for both the students and the hosts. Having one of the latter join Rotary is the “icing on the top“!




Posted by Todd Lawrimore
May 23, 2019 12:00pm

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