Sunagawa Fuka ("Fuka") is the ERC's Rotary Youth Exchange student for 2019-2020. She attends Brookfield Central High School. Hailing from Japan (southwest of Tokyo), she had the opportunity to share the highlights of her year with Elmbrook Rotary at its breakfast meeting on Friday, March 6. Her presentation was enthusiastically received by all in attendance, including her two host families for this academic year who joined the club for breakfast.
ERC learned from Fuka that she shares the birthday of our nation (July 4). Club members in attendance also learned much about her family in Japan, various Japanese cultural traditions, and her own school and extracurricular activities in Japan.
ERC is exceedingly proud of this "brave" young lady and looked forward to her remaining months in our midst. Unfortunately, COVID-19 removed those remaining months. Fuka left Wisconsin early on the morning of Tuesday, March 24. Online schooling prevented the cultural and language learning of the student exchange program, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe mandated a two-week quarantine for anyone (citizen & non-citizen) arriving in Japan after midnight on Wednesday, March 25. Therefore, Fuka avoided the 14-day quarantine by traveling to her home before the mandate took effect. We will miss her!