I want to say I was pleasantly surprised when I decided to be a vendor at the Dairy/Ag Festival in Springville. I signed up to be a vendor for Ayusa, a 501. (c)(3) company that works with high school exchange students. It was easy for me to register for the show. Everyone was very nice. From Cheryl Pavone who guided me in to where I had to go, to the vendors that were on each side and across from me, and the people from the community who stopped by and talked with me. It was a pleasant two days for me to talk about hosting exchange students with charming people.
The parade was extensive and entertaining. I give praises to everyone who worked so hard to make that happen. The variety of food on both days, and the music made a great community event. I am embarrassed to say that I have never attended before and I had lived within 15 miles of Springville for over 40 years. But, I will be attending again and bring more people with me to enjoy this great event.
I do want to again promote my mission of sharing our homes, schools, communities, and churches with high school children from other countries and cultures. Open Your Home Across the US, families are welcoming talented and motivated high school students into their homes this fall. Students come from over 60 countries and share your enthusiasm for personal growth, and cultural exchange.
To learn more, go to www.ayusa.org, or contact me at 435-8214. Thank you again for a great weekend.
Karen Volk, Tenured Regional Director