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Swedish exchange

Jul 25, 2014

The Rotary Club of Fairfield hosted two Swedish nationals for 11 days earlier this month. The club organized a picnic for the the two Swedes and the families hosting them on July 1. From left, the two international visitors, Dennis Petersson, 20, and Linnéa Damm, 18, speak with Rotarians Beth Alonso and Adam Plagge during the picnic at Jefferson County Park. During their time in the States, Petersson and Damm went on a hot air balloon ride with Terry Hayes, attended a Burlington Bees baseball game, prepared a Swedish pancake breakfast for one of their host families and played many games of soccer, frisbie and cards with their American friends. A few years ago, a group in Sweden sought to connect with people in southeast Iowa because that was where many Swedes migrated in the 19th century, leading to the creation of Swedesburg. Since then, Rotary and the Lions Club in Fairfield have sponsored, along with their counterparts in Sweden, two young people to travel between Sweden and Fairfield each year. One year, Sweden sends two people to Iowa and the next year two local people visit Sweden. Typically, the travelers are between the ages of 18-30. Those interested in participating in the program either as a traveler or a host may contact Alonso via email at alonso_beth@yahoo.com.

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