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November 28, 2013

Former rotary exchange student returns to visit host family

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Shelbyville Rotary president Ted Bogart discussed weather and holiday differences with Ruhle.

Bogart asked if turkeys were available in Australia. Ruhle said, “Yes, but the ones in the US are huge! We don’t have that many kinds of turkey there and they are much smaller.”

She also remarked about heat waves over 100 degrees F; floods and brush fires that often plague Australia just as they do us and other countries.

Sometimes it takes a person from another country to help you appreciate your own.

Ruhle said, “I think it is wonderful the way your country puts such emphasis on Thanksgiving and takes a special time to give thanks. Australia is called the ‘Lucky Country’ but we lack in our society the emphasis you put on Thanksgiving. We do have a thanksgiving in March, but it is not what you have here. I will take this home and share it. I am impressed that you take the time to bring families together and be close. We [Australia] as a nation often fail to do that.”

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