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International Experiences for Lawrence Kids

Dr. William Keel, Professor Emeritus from Kansas University’s Department of Slavic, German and Eurasian Studies, spoke to the club on behalf of Sister Cities Lawrence. Dr. Keel is president of the governing board, a 501(C)3 organization, that seeks to foster relations between the city of Lawrence and three Sister Cities: Eutin, Germany; Hiratsuka, Japan; and Iniades, Greece. The organization sponsors high school aged student exchanges with these communities. These visits are often life changing experiences that promote friendships and understanding between cultures. Dr. Keel is a long time Board member and has made numerous trips to Eutin. He shared images of the Eutin area and described its history and attractions. Lawrence Central Rotary has provided an annual award for some ten years to help finance trips for participating students. These students have provided excellent programs for LCR about their visits. Dr. Keel noted that Sister Cities Lawrence and Rotary share many values.