VANDALIA – When German students Melanie Gerstner and Nathalie Tremel flew back to Germany in April, the parting was bittersweet for them and their host families.
The pair, who were in Vandalia-Butler as part of the Sister Cities Youth Exchange, knew that their American counterparts would be traveling to Vandalia’s Sister City, Lichtenfels, in July.
Kathryn Link, Karli Gibson and Vynesa Evanson began their journey to Lichtenfels, Germany last week and received a warm welcome in Lichtenfels early Sunday morning Vandalia time.
Sister Cities of Vandalia sends two to four students to Lichtenfels each year as part of the Youth Exchange program. The funds for these exchanges are provided by Sister Cities of Vandalia from the money raised during the annual Oktoberfest. This year the Oktoberfest is scheduled for September 11-13 at the Vandalia Sports Complex.
Link, Gibson, and Evanson will share their experiences with us at a general membership meeting in the near future.