Guest Speaker: Ula Gilewska | Corona, CA

The speaker for June 5th meeting was our Rotary Youth Exchange student, Ula Gilewska. Ula arrived from Poland to the U.S. last August during the Holy Fire here in Corona. Rotarian Karen Maldonado and her family are her host family. Laura Seltzer, (myself) is her Rotary mentor. Ula has five siblings back home, all girls except for one brother. Her parents are doctors and Ula applied for the student exchange program through the local Rotary club in her town.

She has had a very fun filled time here in California. She absolutely loves the beaches here. The Maldonados have taken her to Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and Dana Point. She has been to San Diego, Coronado area, and to Santa Barbara. She says in Poland there are no beaches, only the Black Sea. She is attending Santiago High School in Corona as a junior. She joined the track and field team. She attended the Homecoming Dance and the Prom as well. The Rotary Youth Exchange has various weekend outings for all the inbound students. Ula has been to Ventura, Big Bear, San Diego, a camp in the Hollywood Hills and to RYLA. She has made many friends from various countries through this program.

On June 16, Ula, along with several of her fellow exchange students, will be boarding a train that will take her cross country to the East Coast. They will make several stops along the way, and visit at least 7 states. They have a very packed agenda. She is looking forward to this trip. Ula has enjoyed her stay here with the Maldonados and is grateful for all the monetary support Circle City Rotary has given her throughout her visit here. She returns home to Poland in mid July, but has expressed a desire to return to California someday. We will miss her, she is a very sweet and delightful young lady.

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A Little News About Our Rotary Exchange Student… | Corona, CA

Ula Gilewska is from Poland and she has been living with member Karen Maldonado and her family since August of 2018.  She arrived during the Holy Fire out in the Cleveland National Forest.  Ula attends Santiago High School and is currently a junior.  She has been on several trips through the Rotary Youth Exchange program.  And the Maldonado family has taken her to Las Vegas and several times to the beach.  She spent New Year’s Eve in Oceanside with a friend she met through the Youth Exchange.  She is enjoying her time here and loves the California beaches.  She also says the teachers here in the States are very helpful to the students, more so than in her country.  She will be staying here until her time to return home in June.

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Circle City Rotary has an Exchange Student 2018-19! | Corona, CA

Fellow Rotarian, Karen Maldonado, and her family have welcomed a Rotary Exchange Student into their home for the school year.  Her name is Ula Gilewska.

She is 17 years old and comes from Poland. She has 4 sisters and a brother. Her father is a cardiologist and her mom is a child psychologist.  She will be attending Santiago High School in Corona along with their daughter, Cameron. She is interested in improving her English speaking skills, and would also like to learn more Spanish.

The Maldonado’s have taken Ula out to Crystal Cove, and to Huntington Beach twice. They have also taken her on a volunteer outing with Inspire Life Skills.  Ula is anxious to start school next week and is looking forward to meeting some new friends.

We at Circle City Rotary are excited to show Ula a good time. We are providing her with some spending money each month, and a lot of us have signed up to take her out to lunch and/or an excursion as well.  I had the pleasure of meeting Ula at a brunch Karen set up with her family and my husband and I.  I will be acting as Ula’s counselor throughout the time she is here.  She recently came to our Rotary meeting and enjoyed breakfast with us and we all got a chance to say hello. Welcome to U. S. A. Ula!  We are glad you are here!

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