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 2017-18. This is the 27th 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.

ITHF wants to hear from you about your adventures. Please submit short articles and a picture about your ITHF adventures for publication in the ITHF Connections newsletter which is published quarterly. If your article is published, you will receive a free year of membership in ITHF. If you enjoy Facebook, submit a photo and caption for uploading at ITHF - International Travel and Hosting Fellowship  . ITHF hopes that you will volunteer to promote ITHF, such as organizing an event in your area or District so that members can meet. We will need volunteers to serve in the ITHF “Buth” in the House of Friendship at the RI Convention.

In 2018, the Rotary International Convention will be held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ITHF has arranged two tours to be held in conjunction with this event. The Best of Eastern Canada departs June 15, 2018 from Montreal and will visit Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa, Niagara Falls and Toronto. The Canadian Rockies by Train departs June 28, 2018 from Vancouver and visits Jasper, Columbia Icefields, Lake Louise, Banff and Calgary. National Geographic Traveller magazine cites this trip on the Canadian as “one of the world’s most amazing routes.” This trip ends in Calgary, just in time for the Calgary Stampede, “the greatest outdoor show on earth”.

I look forward to meeting you in Toronto at the ITHF “Buth”, the ITHF Annual Meeting and Breakfast or another ITHF related event.

Yours in fellowship,

Sheila Hart, President 2017-19

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