Since 1988, the presidents of the Rotary Club of Sturbridge and its Sister Club, the Rotary Club of Stourbridge, U.K., have exchanged letters of greetings and goodwill in October via snail-mail. The chair of the Sturbridge Board of Selectmen also mails a proclamation declaring October 16 as Stourbridge/Sturbridge Rotary Friendship Day and likewise, the mayor of Dudley in the U.K. does the same for the Sturbridge Club.
This year for the first time, the greetings were exchanged live via Skype. Mary Blanchard, chair of the Sturbridge Selectmen, and Sturbridge Rotary President Otto Prohaska arrived early at the home of Past District Governor Klaus Hachfeld and his wife and fellow Sturbridge Rotarian, Glenys Hachfeld, to deliver their messages during the regular weekly luncheon meeting of the Stourbridge Club. Similar messages from the Stourbridge President Rob Franks and Dudley Mayor Mohammed Hanifwere reciprocated.
The meeting concluded with President Franks toasting the health of the Sturbridge members using the tankard that Sturbridge had presented to them 28 years ago. The friendship has remained strong with nine visits alternating between clubs. Note the twinning banner in the background of the U.K. photo.