Bandy-Hefler Visitors & a Surprise

Sujoy and Richard Spencer-Thorlakson from the Brookfield Club hosted a Rotarian couple from the south of England through the Bandy-Hefler Friendship Exchange Program.  This program has been taking place for nearly 30 years whereby 20 British Rotarian couples travel to the U.S. and stay for two weeks.  The time is split by several U.S. Rotarians taking a couple for 3-4 days and then passing them on to another U.S. Rotarian.  The following year, U.S. Rotarians visit English Rotarians.  The third year in the 3-year cycle is a year of rest and planning.  Several Sturbridge members attended the welcome event to meet Diane and Rotarian Graham from England.  While there we had the pleasure of seeing President Lynn Duffy-O’Shea from the Brookfield Club receive a Paul Harris Fellow designation.  It was a great evening of fellowship across borders and ‘the pond’.  Rotary at its best.  Photo:  Exchanging Banners are the English on left, PHF Lynn in center, Spencer-Thorlakson hosts on right.

Bandy Hefler & Lynn PHF 10-1-2015