A number of Wichita area Rotarians were lucky enough to visit the country of Russia over the summer, as part of the club's Open World program. Geri Appel, Dr. Fred Heismeyer, Joyce Heismeyer, Greg Sullivan and DeAnn Sullivan were on hand on January 19th to talk about their experiences.
In the fall of 2015, these five Wichita Rotarians had the opportunity to host seven business people from Russia through the Open World Program. Resulting from this hosting opportunity, these Rotarians traveled to Russia in the summer of 2016 to reconnect with the Open World participants. This program gives a glimpse into the great food, diverse culture, interesting history, historical architecture and most important, the everlasting friendships experienced during this trip.
"We live in a diverse world and one of the best ways to understand different cultures is to travel to other lands." said Appel.
The four speakers talked about a number of experiences, that included attending the Moscow Ballet, visiting other Rotary Clubs on both the international and local level, and staying in the homes of their colleagues in Russia. The visit took place in June and July of this past year.
"It was a wonderful experience that really opened my eyes to that side of the world." Appel told the group. "I would encourage anyone who is able to find out more about the program and see these experiences for themselves."
The speakers brought with them several items that they collected during the trip, including a bottle horseradish vodka, which they insist is better than it sounds.