Rotary Club of Smethwick
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Club No 294 in R.I.B.I. Charter Number 2959 15th September 1928


Eleven Rotarians and one guest left Stansted on Sunday 9th October 2005, for a three day visit to Austria. Arriving in Linz in the early afternoon, three hired cars and the twelve participants drove to Kirchdorf, navigated by Adolf Geiregger, a longstanding club member and owner of the only Austrian restaurant in Birmingham.

After booking in at the Pension Weimann and a few beers on the terrace, the whole group were treated to a traditional Austrian dinner, with Schnapps, at the home of Adolf’s sister, who lives nearby.

on a day trip to some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe, culminating with a boat trip on the Woflgangsee, a lake in a picturesque area called the Salzkammergut.


That evening a rotary meeting of the Kirchdorf Club was attended by the group, where fellowship and a hearty meal were enjoyed.  Club president David Keeves, presented the host club with an inscribed wine goblet, for the use of the club president..


Tuesday morning saw the whole group decamp to Freistadt, a small partly mediaeval town close to the border with the Czech Republic, where, after booking in at the Pension Hubertus, the group were treated to lunch and there followed a conducted tour of the town.


The evening saw a conducted tour of the town brewery, followed by dinner, at the brewery, hosted by Freistadt rotary club and our President presented the club President with an inscribed wine goblet.  Much beer was consumed.  Luckily the pension was within staggering distance for all.


Wednesday morning saw a return to Linz and an early afternoon flight back home, to lowering skies and torrential rain.  Whilst in Austria, not a cloud was seen at any time.


A wonderful time was had by all.


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