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.


Our initial contact was to be with Frank and Carolyn Woods but a couple of days before we were to join them we received an e-mail to the effect that Frank had fallen off his bike and broken a couple of bones and was in hospital. Not to worry he continued, in the best traditions of Rotary and ITHF he had arranged for a fellow Rotarian and ITHFers John & Bev Messner (left) to look after us. We spent a couple of days with John and Bev touring the winelands of the Eldorado Hills and became members of their exclusive ‘club’ ‘The Wandering Winos’—a rare privilege. I am glad to say that following a visit to see Frank in hospital he is in good hands and on the road to recovery.

We ended our time in the States with a ‘re-connection’ with ITHFers Allen and Jean Cary in Belmont CA.(right) Jean and Allen were the first contact we made in ITHF 11 years ago and we have kept in touch since then. This was our third time we had stayed with them. With their help we relived some of our experiences of that first trip to San Francisco and enjoyed catching up with old friends. Thanks ITHF!


Dave & Liz Peters
Aberdeen, Scotland

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