|Plimmerton Rotary ready to welcome Laurie outside Customs|
This week I'll report on the arrivals I witnessed into Wellington Airport and next week on our Palmerston North arrivals.
|Bienvenue Laurie. The smiles say it all.|
|Tawa Rotary after midnight, but still all smiles.|
|Gaelle arrives in New Zealand|
home after a long journey.
This afternoon, I was again waiting at the International Arrivals area at Wellington airport, this time for the arrival of Laura from Switzerland - the same arrivals area where Laurie and Gaelle arrived. But I couldn't see any of Laura's host Masterton and Masterton South Rotarians. Finally I realised that Laura had flown in via Auckland and I caught up with Laura and our Wairarapa people, including her first host family at the baggage carousel.
|Marilyn Bouzaid (Masterton South), Laura and her new family.|
I recommend to all Clubs that they actively consider hosting an incoming RIYE student next year and look for opportunities for outgoing New Zealand students. I know DGE Mitch is a keen supporter of RIYE.
Now while I have your attention ( I do have your attention don't I?) there has been a change in the District RIYE Committee.
Lynne Phillips (Takaro) is taking on the role of Chair, succeeding Mark Chamberlain (Marton). I would like to thank Mark for the contribution he has made to this invaluable programme and I thank Lynne for following Mark in to what is a very busy but rewarding position. We are also grateful for the commitment of other RIYE District Committee members who are passionate about making a difference for young people and improving understanding in our world - Andrea Mackenzie (Makino), Secretary/Treasurer), Karen Hird (Feilding), Inbound Coordinator, Mandi Bates (Milson), Outbound Coordinator, Russell Cameron (Feilding), Donna Reed (Plimmerton) and Norma McFadzean.