On February 8, 2012, Rotary Club Radio hosted 6 Russian delegates for a live interview on Rotary Club Radio.  See the video or audio below.

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Rotary Club Radio Episode 031

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Length: 36 min.

Featured Segment

In today’s featured segment, we will be interviewing delegates from the Open World Leadership Center.

Open World Leadership

About the Open World Leadership Center

The Open World Leadership Center administers the Open World program, one of the most effective U.S. exchange programs for countries of the post-Soviet era.  Begun as a pilot program in 1999 and established as a permanent agency in late 2000, the Center conducts the first and only international exchange agency in the U.S. Legislative Branch and, as such, has enabled more than 17,000 current and future leaders from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan to meaningfully engage and interact with Members of Congress, Congressional staff, and thousands of other Americans, many of whom are the delegates’ direct professional counterparts.

Mission Statement:
To enhance understanding and capabilities for cooperation between the United States and the countries of Eurasia by developing a network of leaders in the region who have gained significant, firsthand exposure to America’s democratic, accountable government and its free-market system.

Open World Website

Rotary International is a Host Organization and active supporter of the Open World Leadership Center.  It is a privilege to have the opportunity to interview the delegates and look forward to finding out more about the program.

The Delegates

The delegates are all educators, with an emphasis on Special Education.  During their stay in America, they will experience a wide variety of both cultural and educational learning experiences.  They will arrive in Minneapolis/St. Paul on February 3 and depart on February 11th with a greater understanding of American culture and experiences.

Russians Delegates

Russian Delegates from the Open World Leadership Center accepting a SCF Rotary Club Banner to take home with them to their local Rotary Club in Russia.  Also shown Mike Armbrust, St. Croix Rotary Club President Elect, Kirk Anderson, Rotary Club Radio Host, and Greg Bartz, White Bear Lake Rotary Club.

Some of the activities they will take part in are:

  • Minnesota ‘Special’ Ice Hockey Game
  • Super Bowl Party
  • Multiple School Tours
  • College Tour
  • Rotary Clubs
  • Golf day with Disabled War Veterans
  • Feed My Starving Children Packing
  • Hiking Interstate Park
  • NHL Hockey Game – MN Wild
  • MN Supreme Court Visit
  • MN State Capitol Tour

Meet the Delegates:

  • Yevgeniya Cherepovskaya – Facilitator
  • Zoya Berdnikova
  • Larisa Falkovskaya
  • Yuliya Vitalyevna
  • Yelena Levina
  • Olesya Romanova

Delegates spoke at the St. Croix Falls Rotary Club

After the live Rotary Club Radio broadcast, the delegates met at the St. Croix Falls Rotary Club meeting where they were introduced and gave a program about their local Rotary Club in .  They will also be speaking to the club about their experiences in Russia and the United States over the last week.

Due to the number of Members & visitors on February 8th – if you are interested in visiting the club, please email rotary@scfrotary.org.


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