Do you like to travel?  With Rotary Friendship Exchange the opportunities are nearly endless!!  Our district is planning a group exchange this year and the deadline for the preliminary application is approaching.  Read the story for a message from the district coordinator Angelo Mestriner outlining details of the trip.  This is your chance to meet new Rotarian friends....from away....far away!! 
Below you will find the message from Angelo about the upcoming Friendship Exchange.  If you are interested, click on the picture after the message which will take you to the district page.  There you will find basic information about Rotary's Friendship Exchange Program as well as the Preliminary Registration Form for this trip.
We are in the process of organizing the first Friendship Exchange in our district.
In order to insure a good start for this program in our district, we chose to do it with a district which has more than ten years of experience in Friendship Exchanges. It is District 4480 in Brazil, in the province of Sao Paulo.
The complete agenda for the exchange (two weeks) is not yet final. But here are some elements of information:
  • Number of participants : 14 to 20 (preferably couples)
  • Period : from November 20 to December 4, 2015.
  • Cities to be visited : Sao José do Rio Preto, Catanduva, Lins, Promissao, Barretos, Novo Horizonte, Olimpia.
  • Activities : friendly meetings with Rotary Clubs in each city; visits to local attractions (distillery; ethanol plant); visits to plantations (orange, coffee, etc.); visits to thermal stations, spas, etc.; visits to local social programs maintained by the visited clubs; participation in days/evening feasts (typical for the region) like barbecues, social meetings, dances, etc.; free time for shopping; participation to TV/Radio shows, etc.
It is time for us to get organized and to know how many persons are interested.
Members interested in participating must fill the preliminary inscription form and send it back to me, by post or by email with a scanned copy attached, before April 30, 2015.
Brazilians from District 4480 will visit us by the end of August or the beginning of September 2016.
Thank you for your attention.
Angelo Mestriner, 
resp. Friendship Exchange
District 7790