International Banner Exchange

An international banner exchange took place at the Belgravia Bowling Club in Bedfordview during our last fellowship meeting of this year on Tuesday 17th December between the Rotary clubs of Montgomery Village, Maryland, USA and Bedfordview.

Edco Bailey who is Past President of the Rotary Club of Montgomery Village, Maryland and also current Membership Chair and Assistant Governor of District 7620 which includes the region of Washington DC and Central Maryland in the USA, was on a visit to South Africa when the banner exchange took place between himself and our President Bill Viggers. Edco is a retired hospital chaplain and his visit to South Africa during this time was also made as a pilgrimage in honour of the late Nelson Mandela. He arrived here on the 12th December and will return to the USA on the 23rd December.

Past President of our club and past AG of District 9400, Peter Makhari took the opportunity of taking Edco on an extensive tour of Soweto. Edco brought Rotary greetings from his region in the USA and stressed the importance of International Rotary friends and the need to grow membership of Rotary worldwide.