May 152014

The Rotary Friendship Exchange team has returned from a fun, exciting, adventurous, and educational trip to South Africa!

Our South African friends, who visited with us last October, returned the favor and invited us over to spend two weeks with them. What a wonderful and enlightening time it turned out to be!
It’s a beautiful country, and we visited with several Rotary Clubs, visited numerous of their service projects, enjoyed much fellowship, met many new Rotarian friends, spent several nights in a game reserve, saw many beautiful sights and wildlife, and had the trip of a lifetime!
Those attending were Larry and Jerri Meisner of the Sea Island Club in Beaufort, Alison Dailey and her niece Lauren Dailey of the East Cooper Breakfast Club in Mt. Pleasant, and Cal and Billie McRae of the North Charleston Breakfast Club.
I’ve included some pictures below to share some of our wonderful adventures. If you would like to know about more about Rotary Friendship Exchange or have someone talk to your club, please contact Cal McRae, cal.mcrae3(at)gmail(dot)com843-200-0904.

Below: Banner exchange with Westville Rotary Club, Westville, South Africa. Pictured L-R: Billie McRae, Alison Dailey, Cal McRae, Lauren Dailey, Sophia McManus, Youth Exchange Student, Cecil Turner, Club President, Larry Meisner, and Jerri Meisner.

banner exchange

Below: Visiting the Aswan Temple, which welcomes all faiths, with members of the Chatsworth High Noon Rotary Club, Chatsworth, Durban, South Africa.   L-R: Paul Pooblan, Vasanthee Moodley, President High Noon Rotary Club,  Cal McRae, Larry Meisner, Jerri Meisner, Lauren Dailey, Alison Dailey, Akela Ramchunder, and Billie McRae.

aswan temple

Below:  After we were given a tour of the school, Lauren Dailey is presented with a Zulu Warrior Headdress by the principal of the Enxolobeni Primary School. The principal is a member of the Hibiscus Coast Rotary Club, and the school is one of the Hibiscus Coast Club’s service projects.


Below:   We spent four nights in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi and St. Lucia game reserves.  It was an amazing adventure and we saw outstanding wildlife with our unbelievable Rotarian hosts / guides, Ken and Heather Gillings, Westville Rotary Club, and Ian and Andrena Foster, Kloof Rotary Club!
We were lucky to catch this rare sighting of a herd of elephants with their young crossing the river!
Hippos enjoying the river, a curious giraffe, and white Rhinos giving us the evil eye!
Below: Visiting the Never Never Land Creche (Preschool), one of the service projects of the Hilton-Howick Rotary Club. The student’s mothers prepared a meal of local dishes, and we took cupcakes for a special treat for the students. Alison Dailey, East Cooper Breakfast Rotary pictured.


Below: Members of 6 Rotary clubs, Westville Rotary Club, Kloof Rotary Club, Hilton-Howick Rotary Club, Sea Island Rotary Club, East Cooper Breakfast, and North Charleston Breakfast Rotary Club,  venture up the Sani Pass route in 4 Wheel vehicles from South Africa across the border into Lesotho. Altitude is 9400 Feet. The highest bar / restaurant in Africa sits atop the mountain. A good time was had by all !!


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