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16 participate in Rotary’s Chesapeake Conference for Youth

High school students who visited Shores and Ruark Seafood near Urbanna during the Rotary 2014 Chesapeake Bay Conference include, kneeling from left, Jack Spall, Rotary sponsor, Bull Run; Diana Haemer, Alexandria/Annandale; Alexandra “Allie” West, Middlesex, sponsor Gloucester Rotary; Isabella Hyden, Woodbridge; and Patricia Foley and Sarah Gresham-Beamer, both of Gloucester. In the second row, from left, are Jenna Roane and Abigail “Abby” Zwerner, West Point. In the back row, from left, are Carlos Gray (counselor); Joshua Wallace, Petersburg Breakfast Club; Moises Romero, Mount Vernon; Kevin Strickland, West Springfield; Selena Hubbard, Caroline; Tyler Moorhouse, West Springfield; Ian O’Donnell, Charlottesville; Ryan Alfalaij, Alexandria/Annandale; Rachael Breving, Charlottesville; Elizabeth Ransone, (counselor); and John Porter, conference director.

Sixteen high school students from 10 Virginia schools participated June 23-27 in the 24th Annual Rotary Chesapeake Bay Conference. The program blended fun, fellowship and education, and exposed participants to several diverse areas of the Chesapeake Bay in a quick study of the importance of the vast resources of the nation’s largest estuary, the problems it faces, and need for preservation. 

The event was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Gloucester with cooperation from other Rotary International District 7610 clubs which sponsored attendance of students from their communities’ schools. Past programs have varied in locale and subjects covered, but the yearly focus is unchanged. Joshua Junker, the Gloucester club’s conference chair, said the program strives to help new generations of young people recognize the value of the bay, the issues faced, and the challenges of preserving its resources for future generations.

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posted 07.23.2014

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