Story by Camille Ronzio
All partners for Rotary Friendship Exchanges for 2020 have been contacted and new tentative dates for 2021 are included in the attached calendar. All dates depend on the path of the virus but for planning purposes, these are our commitments. If you would like to join an outbound team, look under GET INVOLVED on the district website, click on Rotary Friendship Exchange and you will find a link to the application. If you club wants to host an incoming team, please let Camille Ronzio or Ted Stevens know about your interest.
Exciting news, kudos to the Florence Rotary club who is doing a pandemic global grant for respirators with District 4455 in Peru. This was one of our past partners in Rotary Friendship Exchange! Friendships make projects happen!
(Note: Due to the Pandemic, all of these exchanges are moving forward but in 2021. Dates are tentative as we are working with our partners in these districts to know when travel will be safe. All partners have been contacted and are planning on a future exchange with District 5110)
April 19-May 1 Outbound team to Southern Louisiana (District 6200 – Lake Charles, Baton Rouge, Grand Isle- flying into New Orleans) This team has been selected and had one team meeting and purchased tickets. Awaiting dates of when it’s safe to travel, team of 8.but could add 2 additional
May 19-June 3 Incoming team from Canada Atlantic States (District 7820 Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, etc) * The incoming team is awaiting a wide spread vaccination program to insure safe crossing of US border. This team will be welcomed by Newport, Roseburg and Springfield clubs.
July 3-18 Incoming team from Southern Louisiana District 6200 This team will be welcomed by Coos Bay, Grants Pass and Eugene Metro Clubs
October 1-15 Outbound team to District 9350 Cape Town area of South Africa. These dates are being held for our visit by the South African district.
District 2071 Tuscany region of Italy Plan A: Incoming Italy – Aug 20-Sept 7 / Outgoing Italy Oct 20-Nov 7 Plan B: Incoming Italy April 20-May 7, 2021; Outgoing Sept 10-28, 2021
2022: These exchanges might cross calendar years
District 3272 Pakistan February 20-Mar13 – Outgoing team to: District 3272 Pakistan (Lahore, Islamabad, Hunza / Gilgit
June 19-July 6 – Incoming team from District 3272 Pakistan Hosting clubs to be announced
2019 -2020: Completed exchanges
July 25-August 6: Inbound team from Pennsylvania 7430 (Mid Atlantic outside Philadelphia)
August 16 – 31 Inbound team from Philippines
Aug 9 – 22 Outbound team of 10 led by Ted Stevens to District 7820 Nova Scotia/Newfoundland (Halifax, St Pierre,St John, then across Newfoundland via Clarenville, Gander, Dildo, Stephenville and Corner Brook)
October 15-27 Outbound team of 7 led by Mary Hoskins to Pennsylvania 7430
March 7-22 Outgoing team of 12 led by Paul Spain to Philippines District 3850 Bacolod, Ililo Ililo, Roxas & Boracay. Team left early because of the virus.