Weekly Newsletter | August 15, 2023

August 16th: Tokyo International University and the American Studies Program at Willamette University
The American Studies Program (ASP) offers a customized one-year study abroad program for sophomores and juniors from Tokyo International University (TIU) located in Kawagoe City, Japan, an international sister city with the City of Salem.
Pre-COVID, a large part of the program was having the students be more of an integral part of the Salem community. Called the Tomodachi Program, students were able to maximize their study abroad experience by interacting with local families who were eager to share their life in America with international students.
The American Studies Program resumed in the Spring of 2023. The goal of the new program is to strengthen international students’ abilities to study, live, and work in intercultural environments through cross-cultural awareness and understanding. 
This presentation will explore how ASP fosters a learning environment for students and introduce the newly revived Tomodachi Program.
Program Chair: Linda Bednarz
Meeting Location: Willamette Heritage Center – Dye House
President’s Message
Greetings, Fellow Rotarians!
I hope you are finding ways to stay cool in this late summer heat! Hotter temps are really tough for the elderly and folks who don’t have the luxury of air conditioning. I know as Rotarians you will already be thinking about your neighbors and anyone you know who might need some extra support.
Thank you so much for joining us at the Pavilion last week – it was wonderful to have such a strong showing! Thank you Ron Keleman, John McCulley, and Don Lulay for providing a history of the Pavilion, and thank you Ozzie for making it possible for Marie Bradford to join us – she was wonderful as always!
I’m so excited about our program this week which will highlight Tokyo International University!
AND – guess what? We will be welcoming a new Rotarian with our first Induction of this new Rotary year!! I hope you will make an extra special effort to join us!
Yours in Rotary Service,
President Alison Kelley
Rotary Club of Salem