Rotary Club | Youth Exchange Program Welcomes Lena Frenzer from Germany |

Rotary Club | Youth Exchange Program Welcomes Lena Frenzer from Germany

Lena Frenzer, from Germany, will experience life in Truckee this school year as part of Rotary's Youth Exchange program.

A German teen will get to experience life in Truckee this school year as part of Rotary’s Youth Exchange program.

Lena Frenzer from Witterich, Germany, is a senior at Tahoe Truckee High School where she has distinguished herself as an excellent student, practices with the tennis team and is a member of the band. Witterich is a small town with a population of 20,000. Frenzer wanted to study abroad in a similarly sized town.

“Showing Lena a new experience has been fantastic for our family,” said Kevin Murphy, Frenzer’s current host father and Truckee Rotarian. “In our busy day-to-day living, we sometimes forget how good we have it, and watching her react to the beauty of Truckee gives us a moment to pause and reflect on how great life is here.”

Frenzer came to Truckee as part of the Rotary Youth Exchange program. She was selected through an intense application and interview process and participated in a year-long training and language immersion program prior to coming to Truckee.

“I didn’t want a metropolitan experience,” Frenzer said. “I am quite surprised how pretty it is here, how it doesn’t rain and how it really fits the type of experience I wanted.”

The Rotary Club of Truckee is part of the largest exchange Rotary District in the country. The Youth Exchange program is a family-to-family program, in which students come from other Rotary families throughout the world. In this program, students spend a total of nine months with three different families. Frenzer will live with Leisa Peterson’s family in the winter and with Steve Randall’s family in the spring.

The Rotary Club of Truckee was chartered on Feb. 14, 1978 and has a membership of nearly 100 active members who share a compelling sense of duty to their community. The club supports local organizations and returns more than $80,000 annually to the community through grants, services, events and special funding. For more information, call (530) 587-8808 or visit

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