Bonita Springs, Fla. August 12, 2019 – Bonita Springs Mayor Peter Simmons welcomed Natene Bwaya to Bonita Springs as part of the August 7 City Council Meeting.  He presented her with an official welcome plaque from the City of Bonita Springs.

Natene is a 17-year-old high school student who will be attending Gulf Coast High School and living with Rotarians Sandra and Wayne Hemstead, as part of Rotary International’s Youth Exchange Program.  The Rotary Clubs of Bonita Springs and Bonita Beach Sunset are sponsoring Natene’s stay in Southwest Florida.

Rotary Youth Exchange is an international exchange program developed in 1929 that currently sends over 9,000 high school students around the world, for a yearlong stay in another country, living with host families.  Through this program, Rotary International hopes to create a more interconnected and understanding world. One of Rotary’s primary goals is promoting peace around the world, and through Rotary Youth Exchange we aim to make the world a more peaceful place, one exchange at a time!

The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs meets every Wednesday at 7:15 AM for breakfast at Bonita Bay Club.  The Rotary Club of Bonita Beach Sunset meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 5:30 PM at Backwater Jacks in Bonita Bay.  Both of these Rotary Clubs are part of Rotary International, a fellowship and service organization for community and business leaders that holds annual fundraisers to support community and international projects.  Worldwide, Rotary has more than 1.2 million members in 35,000+ clubs in nearly every country.

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