A Message from the ITHF President Sheila Hart

Sheila Hart - ITHF President 2017-2019

Welcome to the International Travel and Hosting Fellowship for Rotary year 2018-19. This is the 28th year of operation for ITHF.

As an ITF member, you have access to the Directory of Members that lists over 1069 ITHF members worldwide. This Directory will be updated quarterly. Once you have found members that you would like to communicate with, you can go to the Member Profile to find out more information about the member and where they live. It is important that all ITHF members spend some time updating their profile. This is just the start of planning for amazing ITHF adventures; organize home stay visits; organize short visit such as a shared meal, a tour of a city, or a shared adventure whether it be exploring a culture, cycling, ball room dancing or geo-caching. Hosts local, District-wide and around the world are waiting for you to contact them to make arrangements. Make the first move to create a wonderful adventure.

New Zealand & Australia

Mary & Kevin O’Flaherty

Kevin, Mike & LizKevin and Mary O’Flaherty from Kirra Beach on the Australian Gold Coast were given a warm ITHF welcome in Whangarei NZ during a December visit to Northland, north of Auckland, New Zealand. Mike and Liz Williams not only ensured that we met real kiwis at the local Nature Refuge where we were given a personal tour; but showed us around their marvelous Rotary and community renewal – an old abandoned quarry now changed into a vibrant sub-tropical oasis for the pleasure of locals and visitors alike.

But another garden that was just as beautiful was back at the lovely home of Mike and Liz. Mary would have loved to have transported their magnificent garden back to Queensland with us! Mike and Liz we hope you will come and stay with us sometime soon. We enjoyed their Whangarei Quarry Gardens just as a Sculpture Exhibit concluded and the Visitors’ Centre was officially opened for business.

Canberra

Kevin was also hosted nearer to home by Tony and Katy Trumble on a couple of recent visits to Canberra. They were very hospitable – walking with me around their beautiful Lake Gininderra and with Tony we rode bikes around Canberra to the Australian War Memorial and National Library. A visit to the developing Arboretum followed our weekend at the 9710 Rotary District Conference in the Snowy Mountains. Mary and I are looking forward to returning their hospitality soon in Kirra.

A SmileA SMILE

It has been 10 days that I’m home with my family after my visit to the Philippines from a medical mission to help the needy and poor people suffering with various diseases. I have been reminiscing the moment I spent there because of the warm hospitality and love I got there from the people there; I would like to start from the scratch.

In 2012 Mr. Frank Kihara a Rotarian from Rotary Club of Kahului was planning to visit Nepal. As we both were ITHF members I invited him to stay at my place. He came Nepal and he stayed with my family and in a very short span of time we became very good friends and he too got very close with my family. While his stay we visited different places of Nepal and he also attended a meeting in my Rotary club (Rotary Club of Newroad City). Frank is a dentist by profession and during his visit, he had told me about his medical mission team of doctors who were helping needy people by giving them medication and free surgery under the banner of Aloha Medical Mission. They would every year plan to go different country for medical mission and the target for 2013 was a remote placed called Dhankuta in Eastern Nepal.

ITHF Connection in Connecticut USA

Medicare & Linda Hsu, Taiwan

Taking the opportunity of our trip to East coast of USA, we paid a visit to ITHFer John & Martha Bradshaw at their old home, North Stonington.  We had chances of travelling together with both of them at Sydney Preconvention ITHF Tours.  John retired from Pfizer Pharmaceutical, after more than 30 years of service, which was also the service company that Linda served for 17 years.  What a pity was that Martha couldn’t join Sao Paulo Preconvention ITHF Tour for her commitment in a Rotary fundraising and left John alone.

A chilly and rainy afternoon of Dec. 1, 2015, we were treated warmly with the homemade apple pie prepared by Marti who was in education profession and is active in her club.  Their antique home full of memorable items will be a good one for ITHF members to visit.  And of course they welcome all the ITHFers to visit whenever you are near the Northeast coast of USA.

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