Rotary to bring international students to Oskaloosa
by Dennis Sharkey
Next month Oskaloosa will possibly be visited by Europe, South America, Asia and the Pacific Rim, sort of.
On Oct. 20 the Oskaloosa Rotary Club will host International Night, where foreign University of Kansas students will visit our community.
Club President Quentin Davis said that eight to 14 students will be picked up from Lawrence and transported to Oskaloosa where they will make a stop at Old Jefferson Town. Next the students will take a ride around the town and the square before a complete tour of the Jefferson County Courthouse. Davis said county attorney Jan Hayes usually leads the Courthouse tour and even lets the students sample a bit of the American justice system. Davis said many students are surprised by some of our court system’s aspects.
One of the most talked about things when returning from a foreign trip is the food. The KU students will get a taste of country cooking when the day ends with dinner at Cowboy Bleu on the square. Davis said the dinner was moved to Cowboy Bleu last year with much success. Cowboy Bleu also caters lunch for the Rotary meetings.
Besides the food, the best part of dinner Davis says is the interaction that Rotary members and the KU students have with each other. He said there is no lack of questions from both sides about one another’s culture.
“It lets them see the courthouse, the square, and small town rural America,” Davis said. “But it’s also another program that builds bridges.”
In other actions by the Rotary Club:
The club is also gearing up for the Second Annual Chili Cook-off scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 30.
Soon sign-up sheets for the Cook-off will start appearing around the community at local businesses and organizations.
Like last year, the Cook-off will be held at the Oskaloosa school activity room in addition to the parking lot area if weather is cooperative. The school has made some upgrades to the activity room since last year’s Cook-off. This year the chili cookers will have access to more electrical power.
The club is also gearing up for this Sunday’s Bikers for Babies motorcycle ride that will bring thousands of riders through Oskaloosa. Riders will be funneled to the school parking lot for a rest stop along the way. This year the club will serve food at the school.
The Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at noon at the Oskaloosa Public Library across the street from the Courthouse.
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