District 1870 Conference-Rheine

June 17, 2012 at 11:01 pm 2 comments

District 1870 Conference

We ended our official GSE duties at the annual Rotary District 1870’s conference, under the leadership of Mr. Reichert, District Governor, that was held in the town of Rhine in Munsterland, a two hour drive north of Dusseldorf. Our journey northward started early—most of us left “home” before 6:30 am to meet the team bus, and we arrived in the quiet town of Rheine close to 9 am so our Rotary guide could help set up for the jazz fellowship presentation. (Our host district has been working on attaining a Rotary Jazz Fellowship for the past two years & they celebrated their success at the event with a performance by Rosemary Phillips and her band.)

What our role was to be at the conference was a little less clear and nobody, including the GSE Committee chair knew what was expected of us (other than be available for 2 hours at the Fellowship Marketplace from 3-5pm) so we went exploring! The walk into town was short and town center was easy to locate (got to love those church steeples!) and bakeries that serve breakfasts are abundant here. After sampling an array of breads and sweet treats (no donuts here—yippee!), we, okay to be more accurate, I was ready to deal with the lack of information and late hotel check-in issues awaiting us at the conference center. The hotel folk were helpful—we were given access to a small room off the lobby to change in and they even provided us with an iron—everything was looking up!

All decked out in our official uniform, the Team was ready to go. In short order our “booth” was looking good—well, nowhere as good as the slick booths set up by the Rotary Motorcycle Fellowship (they had fabulous calendars and photos) or the Rotary Wine & Food Fellowships (they had samples!) jazz musician Rosemary Phillips had a musical booth where she greeted and signed DVDs. Well, what our booth lacked in sparkle and swag was made up by our eagerness to chat and share our experiences with those who stopped by. First came the waves of exchange students who quickly snapped up a variety of pins we had put out making them very happy indeed! Then came Rotarian friends from our earlier clubs and we were thrilled to see them! We shared stories, laughed and took more pictures. We met with District Governor Jane Helten—it was fabulous to spend time sharing experiences with her! It was the first time for our District that the District Governors of the exchanging GSE teams attended each other’s conferences (perhaps a new tradition has been born) All in all, a very fine event.

The evening gala—we were met at the door with a sparkling gift and an endless supply of champagne. This was topped by more visits with Rotary friends from our earlier host clubs (I was even surprised to see someone from District 5050) and to Cory and Andrea’s delight, an endless supply of beer! We were thrilled that Hildy and David (from Germany’s Team to our District) brought their partners to the event and shared our table with us. Great company, excellent food, wine, champagne, and then the band played (and played until 5 am—not that I was there until that time, although Cory & Andrea tried to shut the place down but even they petered out somewhere around 3 am.)  And then came morning—for some, morning and breakfast were not appealing! After a very quiet ride back into Dusseldorf, we said farewell to Andrea, Lindsey, and Laura who were off to meet their partners and another two weeks of exploring Europe’s wonders. Cory & I leave mid-day Monday.


We were thrilled that Gregor Bothe attended the conference with us! (Without his help we would have sat through hours of speeches!)

David & Hildy from the German GSE Team attended the conference too.

Hildy, her husband Christian, and Christianna–ready to party!

District Governor Jane Helten & the Team at the Marketplace.

The Green Room–getting ready for the conference!

GSE Team 1870 & GSE Team 5050 together with D.G. Jane Helten.

Team, together with Peter & Carmen Pohl, at the conference gala.

Wandering the streets of Rheine.

Saying farewell to jazz singer, Rosemary Phillips at Dusseldorf airport.

Last team picture of the event!




Entry filed under: Team Blog.

Dusseldorf Experiences! Food, Beer, Wine & Germany

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Rob Martin  |  June 18, 2012 at 6:43 am

    Awesome! Have a great trip home!

  • 2. billrobson1  |  June 18, 2012 at 6:46 am

    Marie, you and your team have been amazing representatives of our two countries, our District and yourselves. Travel safely home.


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