Sunday, March 9, 2014

Swedish Rotary Friendship Exchange

Message from Russell Sampson & Committee: Re: ROTARY SWEDISH FRIENDSHIP EXCHANGE Six couples from Sweden D2400 visiting our District, arrivied in Christchurch on 25 February and are departing Christchurch on 12 March 2014. They are being home hosted by Rotarian families in Christchurch, Hokitika, Nelson, Blenheim and Ashburton. In Nelson they were hosted by: • Rutherford Club: Barrie and Lesley Whyte, Roger and Jennie Wilson, Russell and Pam Sampson • Stoke Tahuna Club: Dave and Marion McNicoll • Nelson West Club: Murray and Yvonne Butler • Nelson Club: Barry and Jenny Blommaart. A special thanks to these Rotarians and their families. See the note received from Jim Hudson below: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FROM THE DISTRICT RFE COMMITTEE Hello to the Nelson Hosts! A warm ‘thank you’ to you and your partners for hosting the Swedish Rotary Friendship Exchange team. I really appreciate your efforts in making them welcome and showing them something of your region which makes Nelson so special. I understand the WOW exhibition was a big hit and I’m sure they all enjoyed your home hospitality. A special ‘thank you’ to Russell for coordinating the programme and ensuring everything ran smoothly and to Russell and Pam for entertaining at home as well. I’m sure the Swedes will look back with fond memories at the time they spent in the Nelson area. We will be reciprocating next August when a team from our District visits District 2400. I’m delighted that Barry and Jenny and Murray and Yvonne will be part of that team. However you have all had the opportunity of building friendships, sharing experiences and learning something of another culture, which is what Rotary Friendship Exchange is all about. Next year It is hoped that we will welcome a party from Wales. In so doing we are building on better world understanding and appreciation of the internationality of our organisation. Thank you again. Kind

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