Rotarians on the move
UNCORKING a bottle of luscious crimson wine, enabling the liquid to settle in the belly of a glass while the aroma fills your nostrils with just enough time to moot the great wine debate.
While wine was not the top priority on the Rotary Friendship Exchange, it was a talking point when the Warwick Rotary Club hosted six couples that travelled the Tasman Sea and swapped sheep for roses.
Warwick Rotarian Maria Maloney visited the Land of the Long White Cloud last year and this week hosted a New Zealand couple to return the favour.
“We visited a lot of wineries, and shared a lot of glasses, over there but we’re driving to Stanthorpe to show them a thing or two,” Ms Maloney laughed.
Napier Rotarian Janet Cotterill said she spent most of the trip in stitches and thoroughly enjoyed staying with Warwickites who knew the best places to eat and tour.
“We’ve been to England with Rotary before and, while that was great, it was sightseeing, the ABC tour – the Another Bloody Cathedral tour,” Mrs Cotterill chuckled.
“This way we get to stay with families and get a feel for places like Warwick. It’s definitely off the tourist track.”
A mini-bus laden with “completely mad” Kiwis, accompanied by their Aussie hosts, symbolised of a remarkable adventure and Putaruru Rotarian Lyndsay Mason said Ms Maloney, her Warwick host, had shown them great kindness.
“She even gave us her bed. We’ve had a blast on this trip,” Mrs Mason said.
The banter between the two nations continued through the 15-day trip which included Ballandean, Maclean, Stanthorpe and Warwick with three days spent with Rotarian at each location.
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