2020-2021 Presentation Calendar







November 12, 2020       Cherie & Chuck Bennett

Half a Fortnight in Salop      

Join Chuck and Cherie Bennett for Half A Fortnight in Salop, AKA Shropshire, on the Welsh Marches. They were there to fulfill two long-held goals: seeing Ironbridge Gorge museums with the iconic Iron Bridge, symbol of the Industrial Revolution, and crossing the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in a narrowboat. Both are now World Heritage Sites. Other highlights include the spectacular terraced Powis Castle and Garden; Chester, with its cathedral quire full of medieval carvings, and Liverpool, home of The Beatles and famous docks. Be amused as Chuck and Cherie strangle over the Welsh "Llangollen" and "Pontcysyllte." They also will share some thoughts on self-catering.


December 10, 2020     Virginia Vanderbilt

Touring the Wine Country of Macedonia & Georgia      

June 2018 saw Virginia and Michael visiting countries unknown to them: Macedonia (now officially known as North Macedonia) and Georgia.  Through their presentation we will visit Skopje with its recently fabricated “patina of age” and the remains of ancient cave communities in Georgia.  We will explore beautiful Lake Ohrid in southern Northern Macedonia and the shore of the Black Sea in Batumi, Georgia.  We will drink Macedonian wine embellished with flakes of gold and Georgian wine poured directly from terra cotta qvevri.  Join us in exploring two lesser known but incredible countries.


January 14, 2021 Ron & Kathy Kelemen

Sri Lanka—The Hidden Gem of South Asia

What’s not to like about this place?  Other than the long flight to get there, Ron and Kathy Kelemen found Sri Lanka in January 2020 to be downright refreshing and low cost.  While there are a few similarities with Malaysia, Bali, Thailand and India, Sri Lanka is unique in its own right and quite easy to travel independently.  As periodic guests of local Rotarians they got to experience this country from a unique perspective. Join them as they share some of their insights and photos of Sri Lanka’s serene beauty, people, hospitality, historic sites, travel tips, and more.


February 11, 2021       Stephanie Hazen & Ray Temple

A Week on the Owyhee – A Travel through Time

Stephanie and Ray recount their adventures rafting down Eastern Oregon's Owyhee River.  Bighorn sheep, desert flowers, rapids, petroglyphs, colorful basalt cliffs, golden eagle nests and a bit of Oregon history, all wrapped up in a memorable trip.


March 11, 2021      Abbie Hitchen

East Africa: A Six Country Solo Female Journey  

Abbie will show photos and share stories of her journey through East Africa, including highlights of Capetown, Victoria Falls, safari adventures, relaxing in Zanzibar and mishaps in Botswana and Tanzania, and what it's like to work while traveling.  She'll comment on her observations of African culture, the Rwandan genocide and its amazingly quick recovery, and the wonderful people she met along the way. 


April 8, 2021        Nonna Crook

Himachal Pradesh and the Spiti Valley of India          

Ten years ago my husband Larry worked with the Tibetans in Dharamsala, India.  While we were there we took a trip to the Spiti Valley in the northern section of Himachal Pradesh state.  This area is in the Himalayan foothills, a mountainous region with steep glacial valleys, dotted with Buddhist monasteries.  It is a place of austere beauty with a harsh climate, ancient culture, and hair-raising rough roads leading to remote colorful villages.  We traveled by car in the first two weeks of October, always with an eye on the weather, afraid that snow would close the Kunzum Pass, which, at 15,000 ft, is one of the highest passes in Northern India.


May 13, 2021     Eden Rose Brown

A Deep South Antarctic Adventure

What does it mean to set foot in the Antarctic, the most inaccessible end of our beautiful planet? Join intrepid world explorer Eden Rose Brown as she shares her once-in-a-lifetime expedition to the Antarctic deep south. Sailing on a converted Russian ice breaker, the Akademik Sergey Vavilov, Eden and her companions sail through the ice as far south as Detaille Island, below the Antarctic Circle, to a place few travelers experience. Along the way, she’ll share stories, pictures and video from nine landings on the seventh continent, kayak among breaching humpback whales, learn some Antarctic lore, and delight in the unique wildlife and austere, pristine beauty this amazing land has to offer.


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