Friday, December 28, 2012

1972 NV-Peru Exchange

A clipping from the Wilmington News-Journal from 1972.  A letter which Grace wrote in March 1972 after leaving New Vienna was previously posted.  Transcription follows.
John Hughes, Graciela Mejia Coello "Grace" and Serena at Lions Club presentation - Feb. 1972

Mr. John Hughes, president of the New Vienna Lions Club, receives a friendship banner of the Lima, Peru Lions from Miss Graciela Mejia Coello of the Lions International Exchange program. At right, Serena Uible of New Vienna whom Miss Mejia is visiting while in Ohio.

Miss Mejia after her visit with the Harold Uible family will go to the state of Washington to visit the home of another Lions Club member.

She arrived Monday, Jan. 24 at the Port Columbus Airport having flown via Guayaquil, Quito, Panama and Miami.  She traveled with another girl of the Exchange Program, named Bertha Polo, who is with the Colville family of Johnstown.

The local zone chairman, Lion Charles Harsha of Hillsboro, was in charge of making the visitation possible.

In Lima, Miss Mejia has been studying French at the Alliance Francaise and a course for executives secretaries at the Chamber of Commerce.  She is also employed by a group of attorneys from Marcona Mining Company as a bilingual secretary.

During her stay here she has spoken about Peru at the New Vienna Woman's Club, The Sharon and New Vienna Mothers Clubs and to the seventh and eighth grades of New Vienna School.

Last Wednesday evening she spoke of her native Peru at the New Vienna Lions Club at the monthly dinner meeting.  She also showed pictures and answered questions concerning one of the most astonishing countries in the world, Peru.

Miss Serena Uible is planning to go to Lima, Peru early this summer and will be the guest of Miss Mejia's family.

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