Cromwell hosts Dutch Rotary group

Dutch Rotary study exchange group members were hosted by Cromwell Rotary last week. Pictured are ...
Dutch Rotary study exchange group members were hosted by Cromwell Rotary last week. Pictured are (from left) Barbara de Vries , Adrienne Heal (Cromwell Rotary), Harold van Ginkle, Jantine van t Klooster (back), Cromwell Rotary president Jill Tapper (front), Marloes Korndewal, Albertine Perre-Bulder and Pieter Troosttheide.
Watching a rugby match and having fish and chips for tea was one of the highlights for a Dutch Rotary group study exchange which visited Central Otago last week.

The five-strong group and their leader, Albertine Perre-Bulder, are spending 30 days in New Zealand, while at the same time, a New Zealand group visits Holland.

Both groups will meet at this weekend's District 9980 (Temuka south) Rotary conference in Te Anau, where they will speak about their experiences.

The Dutch contingent includes a banker, hotel manager, sales manager, skin therapist, notary and a doctor, all of whom were billeted by Cromwell Rotary members last week during their visit.

Mrs Perre-Bulder said the group found the Central Otago landscape vastly different from their home country.

‘‘At home it is so flat and here there are so many mountains, but the scenery and the autumn colours are beautiful,'' Mrs Perre-Bulder said.

The group celebrated Queen's Day as they dined with Cromwell Rotarians last week. Queen's Day is one of Holland's main celebrations and marks the birthday of the former Queen Juliana. Group members dressed in orange and were ready to party.

The Central Otago part of their trip included a tour of the Clyde dam and a visit to meet Shrek the sheep at Bendigo Station.

Cromwell Rotary president Jill Tapper said the group enjoyed a fish and chips tea and watched the Cromwell rugby team beat Alexandra 22-7 to retain the White Horse Cup on Friday night.

‘‘The people chosen for a group study exchange (GSE) are all young people who have leadership skills and are starting to shine in their chosen profession,'' Mrs Tapper said.

Five people from the southern district are being billeted at Utrecht in Holland.

The leader of the New Zealand GSE is Maureen Butcher, of Cromwell. Others are Greg McDonald, of Cromwell, Kate McFarlane, of Timaru, Stephanie Branch, of Waikouaiti, Sharon Ibbotson, of Owaka, and Ashley Burdon, of Gore.


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