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September 23, 2018

Rotarians Learn About International Center


Rotarian George Booth, right, hosted the visit by Ruth Ragonese, Director of the International Center of Syracuse.

Rotarian George Booth, right, hosted the visit by Ruth Ragonese, Director of the International Center of Syracuse.

Fulton Rotarians recently learned about the International Center of Syracuse.

Ruth Ragonese is the Director of the International Center of Syracuse, which covers all of Central New York. The U.S. State Department and The Library of Congress sponsors the International Center.

The Center has been hosting foreign visitors for over 50 years, one handshake at a time. Each American Embassy identifies up and coming foreign natives who are leaders in their own country, and invites them for a weeks stay in the United States. Two days are spent at the Department of State, and then the group visits an area of the country in which they have an interest in seeing. 40 of the participants have received the Nobel Prize.

Most of the present presidents and heads of State throughout the world have participated in this program. The groups are from 1 to 12 in size and usually are in the 30 to 40-age range. Ms. Ragonese plans the sites to be visited in Central New York.

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