Sunday, 18 November 2018

Visitor from Bob Dylan’s birthplace

CARLY HUDELSON, a Rotary ambassadorial scholar from Minnesota, gave a talk at a meeting of Henley Bridge Rotary Club at

CARLY HUDELSON, a Rotary ambassadorial scholar from Minnesota, gave a talk at a meeting of Henley Bridge Rotary Club at Badgemore Golf Club.

She was born in Hibbing, near Duluth, where Bob Dylan also comes from and where there is a museum dedicated to the singer.

It is also close to the largest open-pit iron mine in the world.

Hibbing, which is about the size of Henley, is renowned in America as “the town that moved” when in 1915 yet more iron ore was found underneath the streets.

Ms Hudelson studied human biology at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and was then an intern with Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar.

She was carrying out research at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston when she heard about the Rotary ambassadorial scholarships which have enabled more than 39,000 people to study abroad to develop leadership and cross-cultural exchanges.

Ms Hudelson was granted a scholarship to study for a one-year master’s degree at St Cross College, Oxford, from September last year.

During her time in Oxfordshire, she has been giving talks at regional Rotary clubs and has set up a Facebook page called Help for hospitals in Uganda for retired Nettlebed GP Dr Jim McWhirter, a member of Henley Bridge Rotary Club.

Dr McWhirter has raised more than £60,000 to aid Ugandan hospitals and frequently visits them with medical teams from the Henley area.

Club president Annie Lathaen gave the vote of thanks.

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