Study abroad

The Rotary Club of York is now accepting applications from high school students interested in participating in the yearlong Rotary Youth Exchange Program, which allows students to spend the academic year living and studying in a foreign country.

Students are selected through a written application and interview process. They are given training to deal with cultural issues and the challenges of living away from home. Students will attend high school and are taught in the language of the country.

Room and board are provided free by two or three hosting families, and students receive a small monthly allowance. Students are responsible for paying the registration fee, round trip airfare and mandatory health insurance.

For more information about spending a year abroad from August 2013 to June 2014, contact your high school guidance office or the York Rotary office at 848-1370 or email bert@yorkrotary.org. To be considered, you must be 16 to 181/2 as of August 2013.

Deadline to apply is Monday. For more information, visit www.exchangestudent.org.


Help for women's shelters

Donations to help women's shelters are being accepted throughout October at Paul Smith Library of Southern York County, 80 Constitution Ave., Shrewsbury.

Local shelters for women and families in need can use shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, other toiletries and Walmart gift cards.


Donations are being collected through Nov. 1 at the library, located behind the YMCA and post office. The donations will be delivered to the shelter in early November.


Seminar on professionalism

York College's Center for Professional Excellence will host Dr. Karen Morris-Priester, a 2002 graduate, for its inaugural seminar of the 2012-13 academic year.

A regionally renowned physician, Morris-Priester will present her story and the importance of professionalism at 3 p.m. Thursday in the Collegiate Performing Arts Center. The free event is open to the public.

Morris-Priester earned a bachelor's degree magna cum laude in nursing from York College of Pennsylvania. In 2007, she gained national recognition as the first grandmother to graduate from the Yale School of Medicine. Her accomplishments were celebrated on "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

Using her personal narrative as a backdrop, she will share the lessons she has learned on the road to success and stories from individuals who have touched her life.


Food drive

Throughout October, Brain Balance Center of York (www.brainbalanceyork.com) will host a food drive and accept donations benefiting the York County Food Bank.

Brain Balance Center of York is located at 2300 Carlisle Road in West Manchester Township. For every can donated to the food drive, the donor may receive $5 off an assessment (up to 20 cans).

The items accepted are peanut butter, instant mixes, canned meats, 100 percent fruit juices, pastas, rice and dried beans and peas as well as other canned goods. The personal hygiene items accepted are shampoo, deodorant, soap, toilet paper, toothpaste, laundry detergent, paper towels and baby supplies.


Golf classic fights ALS

Rock Commercial Real Estate is sponsoring the eighth annual John Buchart Golf Classic for MDA on Thursday at Cool Creek Golf Club in Wrightsville.

Through the event, Rock pays tribute to John Buchart, who passed away from ALS -- or Lou Gehrig's disease -- in 2005. Proceeds will support research for a disease that is affecting an increasing number of people.

The seventh annual Golf Classic raised more than $36,000 for ALS research, bringing the total to date over $268,968.

Spaces are available for participation with five different golfer packages to choose from. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and tee time (shotgun start) will begin at noon.

For more information, to register for the tournament or to donate a door prize, call MDA's Lancaster District Office at (717) 293-0685.