Posted by Scott Vaughan on Jan 11, 2018
Rotary Youth Exchange first began with the Copenhagen, Denmark club initiating the first exchange in 1929 which was followed by the Rotary Club of Nice, France.  Rotary Youth Exchange is one of the most recognized youth exchange programs in the world and is by far the largest youth exchange program run completely by volunteers.  The year-long program was created in 1958 replacing a much shorter time program of only several weeks.  Many of the rules and procedures and frameworks of the program that were created in 1958 still exist today. 
Dave Gallaher has been a part of RYE since 2007 when he and Susan hosted their first student, Leanne Smith, from New Zealand and followed up by several more students.  Besides hosting students, Dave has been a counselor to several more students and while not hosting today, both he and Susan keep in contact almost daily with the many RYE students that have crossed their path.  Dave and Susan follow a long list of RCOT host families over the years.  
Currently, Dave has agreed to Co-Chair the District 5500 RYE Program with Jay Diallo of the Tucson Sunrise Rotary Club beginning with the 2018/2019 Rotary year.    
If you want another avenue of connecting and serving across the world helping to build future Rotarians and peace makers, come listen to Dave and the past participants of this amazing program.