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Drogheda Rotary Trip to Chateau Thierry 2nd June 2011

Drogheda Rotarians Robert Berney, Lorcan Murphy, Paddy Prendergast and Tom Eustace pictured at the presentation of a Paul Harris award to the Chateau Thierry Club on the occasion of their 50th Anniversary.   Drogheda Rotary Club and Chateau Thierry have been exchanging visits for over 10 years. 

To Fellow Rotarians,

 It was a great honor to lead a delegation of Vice President Tom, Lorcan, Robert and our respective wives together with the most important member of the party Lorcan's daughter Ruth who is fluent in French. We had a fantastic 3 days in France.We were one of 5 clubs from Germany,Holland,Belgium and England hosted in  Rotarian’s houses for the weekend to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Chateau -Thierry Club.

 They had a great programme for the weekend with a day long trip to Paris on Fri. starting with cultural walkabouts and finishing with a view of Paris from the Seine while enjoying the food, vino and of course Champagne. 

Sat.started with a reception in the Town Hall and in the afternoon a picnic with spit roasted lambs vino and champagne. Robert Berney with a borrowed guitar led a singsong which involved the entire group and eventually had to be asked to leave singing 'Show me the way to go home.'

The highlight was a Gala Dinner for over 150 people with many speeches from visiting clubs.

 We presented The Chateau-Thierry Club with a Paul Harris Certificate which was introduced in French by Ruth and was very much appreciated by them particularly the contribution by Ruth .I am sure they will enjoy the Jameson at a future meeting. 

 Thank you Lorcan for suggesting and sourcing the award.

 On Sun .they hosted a lunch for the Irish on their own (we arrived late and left late) and on the way to the Airport we visited Forest Glade of Compiegne where The Signing of the Armistice between the Allies and the Germans. Two Rotarians brought us to the Airport.

 Chateau-Thierry will return in Sept. 2013 and they sent good wishes to all their friends in Drogheda.

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