We’re thankful for the summer’s heat
We’re thankful for the winter’s cold
We’re thankful for this food to eat
We’re thankful for friends young and old.
This time of year, many clubs are bidding farewell to our precious youth exchange students. These young people attend our meeting each week, join in on our projects and activities, and bring infectious enthusiasm with them. They help us celebrate our own culture, as we share our lives with them. Here is an invocation in the spirit of these sad departures.
We have been blessed to learn
about the things that make your world unique.
We have been blessed to enjoy
your perspective on our world.
We have been blessed to celebrate
the global mission of Rotary
We have been blessed to have
Rotary Youth Exchange students in our lives.
We are thankful for old foods that tasted new with you
We are thankful for old friends that were renewed by you.
We are thankful for old dreams that came true for you.
PS. I also offer this final benediction, from one Rebound exchange student to others, “Rotary Youth Exchange, opening minds and breaking hearts since 1929.”
See also The Surreal Life and hug your returning exchange students. They’re going to be kind of messed up for a month or two.
Let us cheer in joyful celebration
at the anniversary of our nation
Let us be filled with gratitude
and a Rotary attitude
to serve where we are needed
and where hearts have pleaded.
Let us enjoy our time together
as we help our land get better.