Activities

.: Community Connections Program

Ukrainian Business Interns, March 2 - April 6, 2000

Ten business interns from Ternopil, Ukraine were visiting throughout central Iowa. OPEN was responsible for finding intern sites and host families for five of these interns.

Bob Anderson, President of IRIS, Inc. presenting a certificate to Halyna Bak, Svitlana Scherbatiuk, Vadim Skorupskiy and Andriy Bobeliuk

Bob Anderson, President of IRIS, Inc. presenting a certificate to Halyna Bak, Svitlana Scherbatiuk, Vadim Skorupskiy and Andriy Bobeliuk

The program was crowned with the farewell reception at IRIS, Inc. headquarters in Kellogg, Iowa. Also attending this reception was the official Sister State delegation from Cherkasy, Oblast, Ukraine and the Consul General and Culture Attache from Ukraine's Consulate in Chicago.

Halyna Bak interned at Custom Kitchen Designs and Tri-County Credit Union in Newton. She stayed with Gerry and Jamie Sawin and Wilmer & Joan Tjossem. Svitlana Scherbatyuk interned at the Greater Newton Area Chamber of Commerce, Brown Shoe Fit and Creative Connections in Newton. Her home stays were with Kathy Doyle, Dr. Phil & Jan Hintz and Dennis and Arlen Dobesh. Vadium Skorupskyy interned with Hammer Supply, KCOB AM Radio and the Maytag Corporation in Newton. His home stays were with Fritz and Carol Kramer and John & Barb Taylor. Andrei Bobelyuk interned at Hy-Vee Food store and Wal*Mart in Newton. His home stays were Bruce Canny, Jerry and Dawn Jorgensen and David and Linda Stolper.


The following is a group of pictures taken during the reception.

Rostislan Pynda, Svitlana Scherbatyuk, Oleg Zanatskiy, Olena Lazar, Igor Buyak, Halina Bak, Vadim Skorupskiy and Vataliy Knysh

Rostislan Pynda, Svitlana Scherbatyuk, Oleg Zanatskiy, Olena Lazar, Igor Buyak, Halina Bak, Vadim Skorupskiy and Vataliy Knysh

Halyna Bak, Vitaliy Knysh, Svitlana Scherbatyuk, Igor Buyak, Alena Lazak, Vadim Skorupskiy, Andrei Bobyliuk, Aleg Zavadskiy and Rostislav Pynda

Halyna Bak, Vitaliy Knysh, Svitlana Scherbatyuk, Igor Buyak, Alena Lazak, Vadim Skorupskiy, Andrei Bobyliuk, Aleg Zavadskiy and Rostislav Pynda


Jane Ann Cotton, Chair of OPEN, and Vadim Melnikov of Korsun in Cherkasy Oblast

Jane Ann Cotton, Chair of OPEN, and Vadim Melnikov of Korsun in Cherkasy Oblast

Barry Hurto, OPEN Board member with Andrei Bobelyuk

Barry Hurto, OPEN Board member with Andrei Bobelyuk


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