METRO HOSTS RUSSIANS FOR OPEN WORLD PROGRAM

 
The Boise Metro Rotary Club participated in the Open World Program in October, hosting a group of 8 Russians from Tomsk, Siberia. Open World is a US State Department program than started in 1999 as a way to promote exchange with the countries of the former Soviet Union in Eastern Europe. It is not a Rotary program, per se, but RI encourages clubs to participate. Our visitors were professionals who were affiliated with the Siberian State Medical University. Their emphasis was on adaptive technologies for people with disabilities and distance learning (the connection is that Russia doesn't have the ADA to help disabled citizens). Rotarians hosted the Russians in their homes and provided a week's schedule related to their interests, and some fun activities, too. Metro Rotarian and Project Coordinator, Cornelia Sprung, said, "this was a wonderful experience for our members and we now have good friends in Russia we can stay in touch with through FaceBook!".