international student picnic

Lincoln and the nearby communities are home to many institutions of higher learning which attract students from around the world. Each year, Rotary #14 hosts a picnic for international students to create an opportunity to spread goodwill between our families and the students. Of course, being the Cornhusker State, we include some traditional corn-on-the-cob and other American picnic menu items along with a time of fellowship and games. The institutions help coordinate this event and Rotary #14 members provide gift bags and door prizes to help welcome these students to Nebraska.

It's been a long-standing tradition for Rotary 14 to host a picnic for collegiate international students in our community. On behalf of Kevin Faltin and myself, co-chairs for the 2022 International Student Picnic (ISP), we’d like to ask for your help. This year’s picnic will take place Sunday, September 11, 2022, at 2:30 p.m. at Holmes Lake.

Here you’ll find a list of items we hope to have donated to help make the event a success. Additionally, we’re looking for volunteers to assist with setup or clean up. Or, if you have a spare gift card lying around that you'd like to donate, we’ll take that, too! Every little bit helps.
Our greatest needs include:
  • Cases of Water
  • Use of a Cooler with Ice
  • Desserts (non-meltable)
  • Give away prizes for students (Lincoln swag, gift cards, university clothing, gift baskets etc.)
  • Food (Vegetarian and vegan options)
  • Help with setup from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
  • Help with cleanup from 5-6 p.m.
This year we're providing three options to help make it easier to donate:
  • Deliver items to a Rotary meeting (on or before September 6)
  • Deliver to Holmes Lake on the day of the picnic
  • Request a pick up (We will come to you and get the donation. You’ll be contacted after submitting.)
This is an event that has welcomed many international students and many look forward to. I hope you’ll be willing to sign up to help.
Kevin Faltin and Jon Gayer
Co-Chairs of the 2022 International Student Picnic
Jon Gayer:
Kevin Faltin: