Rotary International Press Release ( U.S.A.)
Posted on August 5, 1999
LITTLE ROCK--Boy Scouts of Troop 30 in Little Rock will receive a special civics lesson next week at their weekly meeting. Russian government officials visiting Arkansas as guests of Rotarians and Rotary Clubs will be answering questions about life and democracy in Russia.
Three Russian officials and their Russian interpreter are being hosted by Rotary as part of the Library of Congress Open World program to bring 3,000 Russian officials to the United States by September 30, 1999 to learn about life in the U.S., to visit federal, state and local governmental offices and to see how our free market economic system operates.
Rotary clubs and their Rotarians in the United States will host about a third of the Russian participants. The United Methodist Church nationally will host another third and the balance will be hosted by smaller groups. Locally, the United Methodist Church is scheduled to host another 33 Russians beginning next week.
All of the officials being hosted by Rotarians are from Izhevsk, Udmurtiya, Russian. The officials are Mikhail Petrovich Zaitsev, 42, who works with the Udmurtiya regional committee for supporting small business; Tatyana Dmitrievna Bryzgalova, 42, who leads a commission which addresses social questions for the local city government; and Aleksandr Feodosievich Radevich, 33, who is executive director of the regional center of development of education for the Ministry of Public Education of the Udmurtiya Region. Konstantin Molotilov is the interpreter for the team.
The Russian visitors will also be visiting various state and federal offices and courts and sampling local industry.
The Boy Scout meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 10, 1999 at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 2223 Durwood Rd, Little Rock. The press is invited.
[Permission granted by Rotary International District 6150.]
[Reprinted with Permission]