York Rotary enjoys close relationships with other Rotarians across Europe, and beyond.
We arrange biennial visits to Europe, or host our European friends in York.
International Partner Clubs Visit York May 10-13 2018
The Club welcomed 28 visitors from the Erlangen Rotary Club in Germany, led by their President Andreas Knorr and one visitor, Bert Gietelink, from the Aubusson Rotary Club in France, to York on Thursday May 10th 2018.
The York Club has been twinned with Erlangen since 1984 and with Aubusson since 1988 with meetings taking place in each of the countries in turn on a bi-annual basis, creating many long standing friendships. The party were welcomed to York at a Reception at the Novotel by President Brian Joscelyne, Nigel Naish, Chair of the Club’s International Team and members of the Club.
Two full days of visits, excellent fellowship and good dining followed!!
Friday May 10th
A visit to Jorvik Centre in the morning gave our visitors a chance to experience the newly renovated museum with its seated "car" tour of the recreation of the Viking city of 1000 years ago.
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Jürgen Vetter with Bert Gietelink
(l-r) Ian Helby, Albrecht Winnacker, Heinz Gerhäuser, Dagmar Lindenbeck
Gathering in Coppergate
greets Josie Rich
Patrizia Knorr with Dagmar Lindenbeck
With our guide outside Jorvik Centre
International Ladies' Table !
Rotary Lunch at the Novotel
(l-r) Bert Gietelink, Secretary Mike,
Our guests had "free time" in the afternoon, before we assembled again for a Cruise on the River Ouse. Following the Cruise, we went on to an Italian Supper at the Olive Tree Restaurant
Evening Cruise along the Ouse, from Kings Staith
Italian Supper at the Olive Tree
Saturday May 11th
The following day, the party took a tour of the North York Moors and across to Whitby.
Travelling by coach to Whitby, with the driver skilfully negotiating tricky road works in the centre of the town, the group disembarked at Whitby Abbey, and were met by a "Story-Teller Guide" who enthralled the party with tales of mystery, intrigue and history as we descended 199 steps down into the town, stopping at the harbour (for tales of Bram Stoker and Dracula) and an original coaching inn.
A Fish Lunch was then taken at the newly opened Star Inn the Harbour opposite Whitby station.
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Listening to our "Whitby Story-Teller" on the headland above Whitby
Descending the 199 steps into Whitby
Whitby Story-Teller Rose Rylands
Whitby "White Horse and Griffin"
Coaching House dates from 1681
Hansjörg Bosch carefully leads the
way down the 199 steps
Wilfried enjoying his beer at the Star Inn
Diana & Nigel Naish with Sonja & Kalus Bättchen
Lunch at The Star Inn the Harbour, Whitby
After lunch, a train journey from Whitby to Pickering on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, with steam engine "Repton" heading the train, was the culmination of the day's excursion which was thoroughly enjoyed by all
Horst-Rolf & Dagmar Lindenbeck
Steffen Stremme beside "Repton"
(front) Ian Helby, Bert Gietelink, Eva & Albrecht Winnacker
(front) Fritzie & Steffen Stremme, Hansjörg Bosch
Train trip on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway
The visit concluded with a delicious Gala Dinner in the splendid setting of the Dante Suite at York Racecourse.
The whole visit was blessed with wonderful hot sunny weather, enabling York to be shown-off at its best. It also renewed the strong bonds between the members of three Clubs. All too soon the visit came to an end with our visitors returning home on the Sunday, but with lasting memories of the old friendships which had been renewed and the many new ones created. We are looking forward to a visit to Coburg, Germany in 2020!
TopTable: Diana Naish, Bert Gietelink, Trish Joscelyne, President Brian, Präsident Andreas, Patrizia Knorr, Nigel Naish, Gill Tarbet (& Ian Tarbet took the photo!)
Helen Porter (c) with Cornelia & Wilfried Gschneidinger
Geoff and Edna Brown (r) celebrated their 64th Wedding Anniversary
at the Gala Dinner and supplied champagne for all!!
Eckhart & Ursula Hahn, Thorsten Maul, P-E Ian Helby
Siegfried Balleis, Johannes & Sieglinde Wilkes
Pat & Graham Wilford, Mike Wilson, Klaus Bättchen
Horst-Rolf & Dagmar Lindenbeck with Sheila Weatherburn
Andreas Knorr and Bert Gietelink compare notes
Celia Impey, Janice Helby, David Impey, Anne Jesper