Yet another snowstorm last Monday caused our Rotary club meeting to be cancelled again. However, Rotarians Rob & Jennifer Benzel of the Lancaster-Depew Rotary Club (D-7090) near Buffalo NY had arranged to attend our club meeting. They did that via our Sturbridge RC website! (Please note, the Internet works!)
Happily, we knew of their impending visit and stayed in touch as the storm developed. They arrived Sunday and booked into the Publick House Inn just ahead of the worst of the storm.
Rob is the current club president and completely deaf as a result of a series of operations, so Jen types what is being said on a small keyboard, which then displays on a small screen that Rob can view. Jen does an amazing job keeping Rob in the conversation; a joy to behold.
So Klaus & Glenys invited them to their house for dinner. The afternoon and evening hours were totally delightful, as we compared club notes and shared photos. Of special interest were the pictures of their home that had just received 84” of snow in 72 hours. They had to do battle to even get out of the house!
For a club even smaller than our Sturbridge club, they do a terrific job raising funds via a massive annual car show, and serving their community. We exchanged banners, to help commemorate their trip.
This visit so vividly brought to mind that at its heart, it is the personal relationships that bring Rotary to life.