Servas DC has found a new use for our friendly organization. Several months ago the Petrov family of Servas members moved to Washington from Moscow and asked the local group to include them in any gatherings or events to help them make new American friends. We have seen them on a number of occasions in this way and always have a good time. More importantly five of our members (Helen Shimbo, Hayden Wetzel, Carol Haarmann, Ellen Silverberg and Maxine Levin) meet with the family’s wife and daughter (Victoria and Katia) to practice English every week. This certainly keeps the ladies’ schedule full! but we all enjoy ourselves. This is an aspect of Servas (and a very pleasant one) that none of us had anticipated but one that is very gratifying to all.
Hayden Wetzel and Katia Petrov with friends at the Smithsonian Institution.