Club participates in the Rotary Friendship Exchange programme. Rotarians and spouses visit Rotarian families in other parts of the world. It is conducted mainly on a club-to-club bases, but also on the district-to-district basis too.
At least once or twice a year members of a club visits other clubs to initiate cooperation in the framework of the Global Grant Project.
Apart from that Rotary Ridzene club has closer ties woth Rotary Pernava (Estonia) club and Kalmar and Kisa clubs (Sweden) , Laitila Rotary club (Finland)
Tørring-Uldum Rotary Club ( Denmark) members in Riga
Members form Tørring-Uldum Rotary Club ( Denmark) spent several sunny days in Latvia, visited Riga, Jūrmala, Rundāle and an evening together with some of Riga Ridzene rotary club members. Apart from exchanging banners , both sides spent several hours together, discussing issues about development of Rotarian movement, international politics and economy. Next day our guests spent a time at Jūrmala ( sea shore resort) and at the Rundāle Palace (the 16th century building) – treasury of rococo and baroque in Latvia. Ina – and Larisa – members of our club – joined Danish friends during their trip to Jūrmala and Rundāle.
SOUTH AFRICAN ROTARIANS IN RIGA
February 2019 members of our Riga Ridzene club as participants of Friendship Exchange program visited South Africa. In August Rotary friends form South African Rotary clubs came to Latvia. Our guests spent several days in Riga and got acquainted with the most interesting sightseeing places. We spent also an evening together members – from our club and South African Rotarians. Here we all are at Ridzene hotel.
Riga Ridzeme Rotary members visited colleagues in Chile
Members of Riga Ridzene Rotary Club and Ogre Rotary club visited Pudahuel Rotary club (Santiago- Chile) November 25 to December 8, 2016. The visit was organized in the framework of “Club to club” exchange following the invitation of Rotarians from Chile.
Latvia Rotarians visited several cities – Santiago, Talca, Valparaiso, Los Andes, Pomaire and participated in four Rotary club meetings. The group was introduced to Pudahuel Children’s Burn center, established and maintained by rotarians, Talca University students, Parliament Building, Valparaiso, glassworks (Padre Hurtado) and a number of vineyards.
Guests from Latvia stayed with families from Santiago.
The visit was really great. It was blessed to get to know Rotarians living the other side of the world and to realize how alike we are. It was great to meet open minded, friendly people and to get once more the evidence that rotarians are welcomed everywhere.
Riga Ridzene Rotary club is thankful to Latvia Honorary Consul in Chile Ilze Kozjukeviča who was very helpful organizing the exchange visit.
With great pleasure Latvia Rotarians will meet the guests from Chile in 2017.
ROTARIANS FROM MEXICO IN LATVIA
August 11-26, 2016 a group of Mexican Rotarians (Rotary district 4110) visited our club. It was a return visit after the members of Riga Ridzene club visited Mexico earlier in the framework of Rotary Friendship Exchange Program
Mexico Rotarians represented Kampestre Ciudad Juárez (Juarez Campestre) Rotary club. Latvia Rotarians from Riga, Kuldīga, Jelgava, Gulbene and Ventspils clubs were actively involved in the hospitality and accommodation programs.
Guests got acquainted with our capital Riga and Jurmala, visited Sigulda, Preiļi and Aglona, Jelgava, Bauska, Rundāle, Kuldīga and Ventspils, so having the possibility to get to know our beautiful country and its people. Latvia Mexican guests really liked it! And on the way home they still had a chance to visit for a few days Stockholm and meet the Rotary friends there.
Two members from Rotary Club of Mumbai visited Latvia
Two members from Rotary Club of Mumbai – Janet and Louis – travel from Mumbai to London by a car.. They plan to cover 50 000 km. Left Mumbai May 20, but July 25 arrived in Riga, Latvia and stayed with the Riga Ridzene Rotary club member Marika Ģederte. The exchange of banners took place as well as impressions about the travel.
One can follow their travel on https://www.facebook.com/thelifetimejourney2016/?fref=ts
July 6 club members met the President of the Karmiel Rotary club (Israel) Gita Shlick Vider. Mrs.Vider and members of Riga Ridzene Rotary club discussed cooperation models and possibility to realize common club projects in future.
Riga Ridzene Rotarians in Finland
Following the invitation from Laitila Rotary club ( Finland) three rotarians Maija, Ina and Ludmila from Riga Ridzene Rotary club took part in the chain exchange ceremony as honorary guests
“Finland was nice, we were really warmly welcomed. The ceremony was very solemn and exciting”, said Maija.
Photo: Both Laitila Rotary club presidents – the outgoing (2015-2016) and the current one ( 2016 – 2017) , their spouses as well as Riga Ridzene Rotary club members
.Latvian Rotarians in Mexico
Ten rotarians from different Latvia Rotary clubs (Rotary District 2410) visited Mexico in the framework of Rotary Friendship Exchange program in March 2016. They represented different clubs – Riga Ridzene Rotary club and clubs from Riga, Jelgava, Salaspils, Gulbene.
The aim of the exchange visit was to promote international inter-club relations and shared charity projects, as well as to learn about other cultures while staying with local Rotarian families at their homes , visiting their clubs and getting acquainted with participation of Mexican Rotarians in local community activities.
Mexican Rotary District 4110 is the largest Rotary area in Mexico, consisting of five states – Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Zacatecas and Aguascalientes. The group planned to visit Guadalajara, which is another area, and the famous beaches of Mexico. A while later the group from Mexico will arrive in Latvia – in a return visit. Latvia Rotarians will be happy to accommodate the quests from Mexico and continue to develop the plans for the future cooperation.
Apart from it, Riga Ridzene club has just received the offer from India to hold another Rotary friendship exchange program event next year!
In case of interest to establish closer ties with Riga Ridzene Rotary club, please get into a touch with Maija Line (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Visiting Tenerife Sur Rotary Club
February 22, 2016 President of the club Jānis Freibergs visited RC Tenerife Sur. Both clubs exchanged banners and the plans of the future cooperation. The president of the Tenerife Sur club plans to visit Rotary Ridzene club in June.