When was the last time you made someone really happy? Someone you don’t know all that well, someone who has tried hard, anyone…..
While you think about that question, I’ll share my recent ‘making someone happy’ moment.
I had the great pleasure of phoning 2 young students yesterday to tell them that not only had they performed well in the interviews but that they had been selected to be a part of the Rotary Youth Exchange program in 2014.
They were off to Italy & Brazil!!
I could hear the absolute joy in their voices when I told them that they had been selected, it was a lovely heartwarming moment for me. They both sounded so happy, proud, excited and relieved. They’d been told to expect a call sometime during the day and were obviously waiting, waiting, waiting… and I’d made them very happy!!
The applications for Rotary Youth Exchange had been completed a few weeks ago and our district had many applicants. They all read well on paper but the day had come for them to be interviewed and assessed for their suitability to undertake the 12 month program of travelling to live in an another country from January 2014.
The committee of experienced Rotary volunteers interviewed students and their parents all day, then after a quick dinner we discussed and selected who was going & where they were going based on their country choices.
We took our job seriously as the exchange process, while fun, can still be gruelling for these youngsters. We had to be sure that they could cope with the myriad of experiences and be good ambassadors for Australia, Rotary & their communities.
We picked 14 successful students who all displayed the required attitudes, knowledge, interest and family support to undertake this exciting program. I think there would have been 14 very happy kids that night!! Now the fun starts with their preparations, training and learning about where they will be going.
Making someone happy doesn’t have to be hard it can be as simple as smiling at someone who isn’t expecting a smile.
I’d love to hear about your making someone happy moment……
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