Posted on Jan 12, 2018
Jace Reeves shares his Rotary Exchange Experience in the Czech RepublicFor Jace Reeves, the opportunity to be a Rotary Exchange student in the Czech Republic has expanded his world view and yet offered an intimate opportunity to explore another culture and its people. For our Friday meeting, Jace chronicled his time in Prague, explaining how in 1989, the “Velvet Revolution” brought democracy to the Czech Republic. Its new name of Czechia heralded a move from communism, a watershed moment for this country no larger than our state of South Carolina. From there, Jace gave color and depth to our understanding of this beautiful country and its people. He told us about its cuisine, where meat and sauce and bread dumplings abound. For a young man used to lighter, healthier fare, it was an adjustment. He told us about how the people of this country love sports, especially skiing! Jace had a chance to tour in the “Eurotour”, where 70 kids in 2 busses toured Europe for 14 days. He even celebrated his 18th birthday on the last day of the Eurotour, something he will never forget. The benefits of Youth Exchange came alive for us when Jace shared his stories and, as Dan Weedin expressed, Jace was a wonderful ambassador for our country and club.