Scottsdale Rotary welcomes youth exchange student home

Mary and Cooper Newnam (submitted photo)

Cooper Newnam, Scottsdale Rotary RYE student with Club President Mary Blank (submitted photo)

Rotary Club of Scottsdale recently welcomed home Rotary International Youth Exchange student Cooper Newnam.

Cooper studied abroad in Netherlands during the 2015-16 school year. Rotary Youth Exchange was an opportunity of a lifetime for the young man, according to a press release.

He joined more than 8,000 students who participated in the program last year. By sharing his own culture and embracing a new one, Cooper helped to foster global understanding, learned a great deal about himself and the country of Netherlands in the process.

Cooper, who graduated in 2015 from Scottsdale’s Chaparral High School, seized the opportunities to travel overseas to a new country, to go to school and make friends, to learn Dutch and to meet fellow exchange students from around the world.

Cooper, while in the RYE program, did get the chance to travel to many of the big cities of Europe. Being a Rotary exchange student truly changed Cooper’s life, the release stated. The club extends deep gratitude to Cooper’s parents, Gregory and Luetta Newnam for sharing their son within the wide world of Rotary Youth Exchange.

Cooper shared with the Rotarians and guests, the significance of his Rotary Blazer. The Rotary Club of Scottsdale gave Cooper his blazer to show himself off as an exchange student.

•Rotarian, Virginia Korte, providing Rotarians and guests with a City of Scottsdale update

Rotarian, Virginia Korte, providing Rotarians and guests with a City of Scottsdale update

The Rotary Blazer is a type of ‘uniform’ for formal occasions and RYE student speaking engagements. Cooper kept up the Rotary tradition to adorn his blazer with pins and patches he traded with other RYE students or picked up in places he visited as evidence of his RYE experiences.

Cooper, along with Rotarians and their guests, attended a luncheon held at the Lakeside Ballroom of Scottsdale’s McCormick.

The luncheon speaker was Rotarian and city of Scottsdale Councilwoman, Virginia Korte.

Councilwoman Korte updated attendees on the status of Scottsdale’s city manager replacement, the city’s annual budget, downtown Scottsdale’s vibrancy, tourism and other projects going on within the city.

For more information about Rotary Club of Scottsdale’s programs, membership and projects see

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