Europe with Paty AndredeEUROPE WITH PATY ANDREDE

Last December my husband, our daughter, and I decided to travel through Europe on vacation. I wrote to some ITHF European members and it worked out fine with one of them, Tony, from London and we had a wonderful time staying with him. Our trip began December 2 nd when we flew from Rio to New York. From there we went to Italy, Switzerland, France and we got to London on December 16th. Tony was waiting for us at St. Pancras International Train Station. We got to know part of his family while staying with him until December 20 th and we loved it all. On the 17th his Rotary Club had the Christmas Party and we were invited to celebrate with them. It was an unforgettable event where we were able to meet other Rotarians and celebrate Christmas and the Rotary spirit. That event was very special too because my husband, Alex, was awarded with a Paul Harris Fellow Title that evening.

Visit to WisconsinPRE-CONVENTION ITHF TOUR MEMBERS REUNITE IN WISCONSIN

Before the Lisbon RI convention, my husband, Bruce Phelps, and I, who are members of Anchorage East Rotary, took the wonderful ITHF tour of Portugal and met John and Jean Henderson who live near Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. In October, on my way to my uncle’s 100th birthday party in Milwaukee I was able to reconnect with the Hendersons who went out of their way to show me around their part of Wisconsin.

John and Jean picked me up at the Amtrak station in Milwaukee and, after a delicious lunch at a famous German restaurant (what was in the food that shrunk me? – see picture), we went to the Milwaukee Art Museum (see picture of John and Jean in front of the iconic Santiago Calatrava addition to the museum).

Taiwan members welcome Sean Dunne & Eleanor SwanITHF CONNECTION IN TAIWAN
President Medicare Hsu

In the evening of November 27 th 2014, a group of Taiwan ITHF members, Edelweiss, Dolly, Sharon together with Medicare, had the honor to welcome Sean Dunne and his wife Eleanor Swan from Ireland. Sean is one of the three ITHF members in Ireland and also a senior member of Rotary Club of Newbridge District 1160. They have had the experiences of hosting several international ITHF members at home..

Dinner at the Grand HotelSean was happy to rejoin Eleanor who had resided at the famous Taiwan Yingge Ceramics Museum for three months as a visiting artist. They got the opportunity to taste delicious Taiwanese cuisine, look around beautiful sceneries plus National Palace Museum full of the Chinese dynasty treasures.

The dinner was at the renowned Grand Hotel, a palace style one, with the good conversation to know each other, future cooperation even covering Ireland ABC, Pottery art, the beauty of Taiwan. They also invite Taiwan ITHF members to visit Ireland as they say in Irish “Cead Mile Failte” (a thousand welcomes).

VISIT TO NEBRASKA AND WYOMING

For 2 weeks in late September and early October this year my wife Liz and I enjoyed a Rotary Friendship Exchange between our District 1010 North of Scotland and District 5440 Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming.

This was the return visit following a visit to Scotland earlier this year in June. We had a wonderful time with five different Rotarian Hosts and the experience reminded us of ITHF but between Districts rather than on a one to one basis. During the two week tour we took the opportunity to extol the virtues and similarities with ITHF about which very few of our hosts had heard (indeed Rotary’s best kept secret) with some degree of success with at least three of them signing up to ITHF.

Following the tour Liz and I flew to Fresno with the intention of ‘doing’ Yosemite but the vagaries of the US Government meant that we could only “drive through without stopping and looking.” We continued on to Lake Tahoe and then to our first ITHF contact in Folsom Lake.

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