AITKIN -- The Aitkin Area Chamber of Commerce annual dinner will be Saturday, Jan. 22, at the 40 Club in Aitkin.
Social hour will start at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. and a recognition program at 8 p.m. Guest speaker will be Jack Laimer.
Laimer is a motivational speaker and humorist. He brings into focus everything he learned during his years in sales, advertising, public relations and promotion. His presentation centers on getting along with, enjoying and motivating people. Plus, he shares all the humor and wisdom that befalls a father of seven and grandfather of 11.
Three director positions are up for election. Anyone interested in serving on the chamber board should contact the office by Tuesday.
Make reservations by calling the office at 927-2316 by Friday.
Student exchange program information shared
EF Foundation for Foreign Study, established in 1979, is a non-profit organization committed to increasing international understanding through cultural exchange and language education.
"We feel the positive and negative effects of an ever-shrinking world everyday ," said regional coordinator Ginny Barnum. "Volunteering with EF gives people an opportunity to learn more about the world while really making a difference in the lives of local families and international youth."
Each year, EF Foundation brings high-school aged students from Europe, Asia, South America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand to live and study for a semester or an academic year in America. Throughout the exchange year, all host families and students have the constant support of a local representative called an International Exchange Coordinator.
EF Foundation's nationwide network of International Exchange Coordinators includes educators, salespeople, homemakers and retirees -- anyone with an interest in contributing to global understanding.
EF relies on IECs to screen new host families, and help them select a student who best matches their own family's interests.
IECs also serve as liaisons for both American and foreign students, plan several social and educational functions and work with school officials.
"It's really a great way to help people discover new cultures and traditions, and to introduce these students to a new way of life," said Barnum.
Anyone who would like to expose the community to the rewards of student exchange, contact Ginny Barnum at 847-6266, call EF Foundation toll-free at 1-800-318-3735 or check out its Web site @ www.effoundation.org.
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