World Map

 

Where can you find ITHF Members? On every continent (except Antarctica)! While the United States has the most members, we are growing strongly in Central and South America, Africa, and South Asia. Canada, Australia, and New Zealand have long been a source of active travelers and hosts. We would love to add more members in northern and southern Europe, Russia, and the "Far East"! Tell Rotarians in your Club and District how much you enjoy being an ITHF member!

 

ITHF - Rotary's Best-Kept Secret

 

At least it was to me until this past year. A Rotarian for 35 years, if I heard about this amazing fellowship in the past, it didn’t register until this summer at the 5080 District Conference. Visiting the display booths my wife Barb and I were introduced to the ITHF Fellowship and decided to join.

The timing was perfect as we had been invited by friends to spend 5 days with them in New York (the BIG APPLE) in October 2017.

Committed to that arrangement we explored expanding our trip to include touring Civil War museums and sites, as well as other items on my bucket list, like Cooperstown and the Baseball Hall of Fame, Madison Square Gardens and so on.

As new members to ITHF we had no idea what the responses to our requests might be, but proceeded to send out 5 requests to the areas we intended to visit. The response was amazing, we received 4 responses with invitations to stay. Even better was the reception we received when arriving at the Rotarian homes

Our itinerary prior to New York City included stops in Newark, Cooperstown, Sarasota Springs and Albany.

In New York - first time visit for us, we immersed ourselves in a large list of must dos, which included, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Times Square, Broadway (attending the Musical Come from Away – highly recommend), Ground Zero and the 911 Museum, several Cultural & Historical tours, walked the Brooklyn Bridge and the High Line and the list goes on & on. – An amazing time.

After leaving New York we travelled by train to Washington DC where we rented a car and began our exploration of Civil war sites and museums, beginning in Fredrick MD, then on to Winchester then Lexington, VA where we were hosted by Rotarians, Chip & Mary Honsinger.Chip had a full itinerary for us and spent the better part of a day & a half guiding us through the city of Lexington and its highlights. Also, attending a meeting with the Lexington Sunrise Rotary Club                                                       

                                                           Mary, Chip and my wife Barb in front of the                                                                      Honsinger’s home in Lexington 

                              

  Next stop was Glen Allen VA, a suburb of Richmond VA, with hosts Lee and Tracy Muckey. With their guidance and company we                       spent a day in Richmond VA, touring the Monument Drive (statues of Virginia Civil War participants, the Tredegar Foundry (now a                       Civil War Museum), walked across the James River on a foot bridge, toured the Black History Museum.

 

 

 Lee and Tracy Muckey                                           

                                                                                                                                Next stop was Barhamsville VA to the home of Collen Bonadonna and husband Dan. They treated us to a Sunset Cruise on Chesapeake Bay on a 3-masted schooner from Yorktown. With their guidance we spent the following day touring Wiiliamsburg and Jamestown, ending our day with a visit to the Berkley Plantation, home of 2 US Presidents (Harrison), returning to our hosts home late afternoon.

 Collen’s son Chad, his Fiancée Cory, Colleen and husband Dan on the schooner Alliance.                     

 

To our immense surprise and delight Colleen had prepared a gourmet dinner for us and invited the Muckey’s our last host family to join with us. After enjoying our feast, banners and pins were exchanged, with all exclaiming what a great organization Rotary is and what special people Rotarians are.

 If you haven’t signed on to the International Travel and Hosting Fellowship, Barb & I highly recommend it. We had an outstanding time, met some great new Rotarian friends and look forward to future travels and adventures.

We invite Rotarians to visit us in Nelson or Victoria, we would love to host you.

                                                Dave and Barb Douglas 

                                                           Lee Muckey, Dave Douglas & Colleen Bonadonna

 

ITHF members explore Nepal and Bhutan - 2017

The tour party:

Our ITHF Nepalese member - Tilak Thapa Magar,  organized a tour package for ITHF members and their families. It started at Kathmandu with visits to World Heritage Sites before moving on to visit earthquake stricken areas of Dhading.  From there the tour moved to the beautiful city of Pokhara with visits to important sites before returning to Kathmandu for a few days.

A tour of the mysterious land of Bhutan was available as an optional extra that offered a rare combination of peace and harmony amidst some of the world's most stunning mountain scenery.  Based in Thimphu this option began with two days of sight seeing followed by attendance at the first Rotary District Conference ever held in Bhutan.

Uen Hua (Aircon) Chao and Janet Chao were in the tour party and have sent this report:

All participants enjoyed ITHF Bhutan/Nepal Tour. We are very happy to have the chance to explore mysterious Bhutan and Nepal. Thanks to our Nepalese member Tilak Thapa Magar, he  made great efforts  to make this tour possible, also thank to our Nepal/ Bhutan VP Sita Rupakheti. She has done an excellent job to make our journey more enjoyable.

Below is a link to the website you may visit to review our Bhutan/ Nepal tour.  You may also upload your photos to share with all of us. 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/138508126@N08/albums/with/72157677552526383

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.

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