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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 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.

A SmileA SMILE

It has been 10 days that I’m home with my family after my visit to the Philippines from a medical mission to help the needy and poor people suffering with various diseases. I have been reminiscing the moment I spent there because of the warm hospitality and love I got there from the people there; I would like to start from the scratch.

In 2012 Mr. Frank Kihara a Rotarian from Rotary Club of Kahului was planning to visit Nepal. As we both were ITHF members I invited him to stay at my place. He came Nepal and he stayed with my family and in a very short span of time we became very good friends and he too got very close with my family. While his stay we visited different places of Nepal and he also attended a meeting in my Rotary club (Rotary Club of Newroad City). Frank is a dentist by profession and during his visit, he had told me about his medical mission team of doctors who were helping needy people by giving them medication and free surgery under the banner of Aloha Medical Mission. They would every year plan to go different country for medical mission and the target for 2013 was a remote placed called Dhankuta in Eastern Nepal.

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