Past President Lesley Hastings writes:
I was extremely proud to represent the Rotary Club of Leeds at the 50th Anniversary celebrations on 10th February of our twin club, Braunschweig-Richmond in Germany. My husband David and I were welcomed very warmly by President Alphons Weißbrich and all our German friends. We were also delighted to meet the District Governor, Frau Marianne Broska, and the representative of the Oberbürgermeister of the City of Braunschweig.
There was a drinks reception with speeches, and our German friends were impressed by the address I gave in German from our club, thanks to our own Leeds Past President Anita Rayner. We were entertained by an orchestra of young musicians, whom the Braunschweig-Richmond club help to fund.
There were lots of slides and great amusement from the three founder members as they told their story of developing the club and made a lot of mention of the twinning with the Rotary Club of Leeds.
We had an excellent dinner with a lovely table of friends. Needless to say, they all spoke impeccable English, putting us to shame. It was a lovely evening rounded off by dancing to a live band in which two Braunschweig members, Heinz-Joachim Westphal and Diederich Wermser play.
We stayed in the hotel, a Volkswagen management training venue, where the celebration was held and we were the only guests. We had the place to ourselves and were extremely well looked after.
The next day, Nikolaus Schimmel and Thomas Mächtig generously insisted on giving us an entertaining and interesting visit to VW Autostadt in Wolfsburg.
Thomas then drove us in plenty of time to the airport in Hannover, where we experienced the only hiccup to our visit in the form of a long delay because of snow preventing planes landing in Manchester!