Rotary Club de Melle - pays Mellois

Our twin Rotary Club in beautiful France.

(Notre Club Rotary double dans la belle France).

Rotary Club of Melle - pays Mellois
by Phil Simon

In about 1981 we formed a formal relationship with the Rotary Club of Melle (now called Melle-pays Mellois) in France.  The town of Melle is situated in the Poitou-Charentes region of France in the Departement of Deux-Sevres.  It is about 54 kilometres south of Poitiers and 78 kilometres east of La Rochelle. 

In 1981 some members of our Club visited Melle and in the following year Rotarians from the Melle Club accompanied by their wives visited our Club.  Since then there have been regular visits by both Clubs sometimes coinciding with a special event (Charter Night - when a Club celebrates its formation) being held by the hosting Club.

A visit usually means that a visiting Rotarian with their spouse or partner will stay at a home of a Rotarian of the host Club.  The host Club arranges visits to places of interest in their locality and provide hospitality throughout their stay.

When we have visited Melle they have taken on tours of the Hennessey in Cognac, a Goats cheese factory and farm, we have visited Niort, La Rochelle, the Abbey Fontevrault, Isles D'Aix and de Re, the silver mines at Melle and the Marais Poitevin, numerous restaurants as well as enjoying the hospitality of Rotarians and their families in their homes.

When Rotarians from Melle with their wives and partners have visited us we have taken them to Bristol Cathedral, SS Great Britain, Wells Cathedral, Berkeley Castle, Westonbirt Arboretum, Cotswold Spring Brewery and the Mall and numerous pubs as well as being entertained in the homes of Rotarians.

The experience of the visits has been very positive.  We have enjoyed fun and fellowship despite some language handicaps.  We have been able to exchange ideas about Rotary projects and help develop acquaintances into friendship at an international level.  You begin to realise that as Rotarians we have more in common with each other than what we hold different.

Rotary Club de Melle - pays Mellois
par Phil Simon

Dans environ de 1981, nous avons form, un partenariat officiel avec le Club Rotary de Melle (maintenant appel, Melle-pays Mellois) en France.  La ville de Melle est situ, dans la region Poitou-Charentes dans le departement des Deux-Sevres. C'est environ 54 kilometres au sud de Poitiers et a 78 kilometres a l'est de La Rochelle.

En 1981, certains membres de notre Club visit, Melle et l'annee suivante, les Rotariens du club de Melle, accompagnes de leurs epouses visite notre Club.  Depuis ce temps le ont ete des visites regulieres par les deux Clubs qui coincide generalement avec une grande soiree (nuit de la Charte a quand un Club celebre sa formation) detenus par le Club hebergement.

Une visite signifie generalement qu'un Rotarien visite avec leur conjoint ou partenaire restera chez un Rotarien du Club hote.  L'hote que Club organise des visites dans les lieux d'interet dans leur localite et offrent l'hospitalite durant tout leur sijour.

Lorsque nous avons visite Melle qu'ils ont prises sur des visites de la Hennessey a Cognac, une fabrique de fromage de chevre et de la ferme, nous avons visite Niort, La Rochelle, l'abbaye de Fontevrault, les 'Aix et de ra, les mines d'argent a Melle et le Marais Poitevin, nombreux restaurants mais aussi profiter de l'hospitalite des Rotariens et de leurs familles dans leurs maisons.

Lorsque les Rotariens de Melle avec leurs epouses et leurs partenaires ont visite nous nous avons pris les a la cathedrale de Bristol, SS Great Britain, cathedrale de Wells, chateau de Berkeley, Westonbirt Arboretum, brasserie printemps Cotswold et au
centre commercial et de nombreux pubs ainsi que se divertir dans les maisons des Rotariens.

L'experience des visites ont ete tres positif. Nous avons approcie la bourse malgre certains handicaps linguistiques et amusant.  Nous avons pu echanger des idies sur des projets de Rotary et aider a developper des relations d'amitie a l'ochelle internationale.  Vous commencez a realiser que les Rotariens avoir plus en commun avec l'autre que ce que nous avons differentes.

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