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March 20, 2014

Rotary looking for exchange alumni


As part of the anniversary celebration, an effort is being made to contact as many alumni as possible.

“That's one of the goals, to have as many that can attend,” said Geertgens.

Geertgens also said that if enough people who have been involved in the Cooperstown program come, a special program may be held for the Cooperstown alumni, either before or after the conference.

“This would be here in Cooperstown,” said Geertgens. "If we have enough people coming back who will be in town.”

Geertgens said that the club is reaching out to both alumni and those who might know where to find them.

“Anybody who has knowledge of these people … contact Jeff Katz,” said Geertgens. He also made a special note of asking for the whereabouts of international students who did their exchange in Cooperstown.

He also noted that alumni can go to the reunion's website and sign up with their information. The site is

Cooperstown Mayor Jeff Katz is also the president of the Cooperstown Rotary Club, his one year term as president finishing at the end of June.

“It's a fluke that I'm rotary president while I'm mayor,” said Katz.

While Katz said that he has just started the outreach process, he said that he was focusing primarily on the students that were sent out from Cooperstown, as opposed to the international students. He said that he believes the international students will be less likely to be able to visit.

Katz said it was too early to tell if there will be enough alumni for a local event. A decision will need to be made in May. He did note, however, that there are still youth exchange alumni living in and around Cooperstown.

“There's a decent amount of people who are still in the area,” said Katz.

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