Pradeep Singh and Bijay Srivastava got up and close with one of the Raynold's bison Sunday afternoon. (Ernie Over photo)

Pradeep Singh and Bijay Srivastava got up close and almost personal with one of the Raynold’s bison herd Sunday afternoon. (Ernie Over photo) 

(Lander, Wyo.) – A group of visiting Rotarians from India are being hosted in Lander for the next three days on a reciprocal Friendship Exchange. The visiting Rotarians  hail from District 3250 in India and are being hosted by the local Colorado/Wyoming District 5440. The visiting Rotarians began their trip here a week ago in Fort Collins and have since visited Loveland, Estes Park, Cheyenne and, most recently, Casper. The four visitors will journey on to Jackson for several days after their stay in Lander, and then head to the Rotary District Conference in Steamboat Springs.

Local host coordinator for the visit is Jack and Diantha States of Lander, who earlier this year visited India and participated in polio immunization clinics as part of Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign.

The Casper clubs handed off the visiting Rotarians earlier Sunday near Muddy Gap, and the Lander club hosted a luncheon picnic for the group at the Sawmill Campground in Sinks Canyon early this afternoon. Sheriff and Lander Rotarian Skip Hornecker and his wife Margie had been helping moving cattle up Fairfield Hill earlier in the day and arrived at the picnic with the horses, and gave each of the visiting Indian Rotarians a ride, much to their delight.

After lunch, the group toured the Sinks and the Rise and then were treated to a tour of Dave and May Raynolds Bison Ranch in Sinks Canyon.

On Monday, the group will tour local attractions, including the South Pass City State Historic Site, and then Monday evening participate in the annual Gavel Exchange, this year in Riverton, where the new leadership of the Lander and Riverton clubs take their offices.

The visiting Rotarians are Bijay Srivastava, Mahendra Gupta, and Pradeep Kumar Singh and his wife Meenu.

After a picnic at the Sawmill Campground, the group posed with their hosts on a platform overlooking the Popo Agie River. From left, Jack States, Bijay Srivastava, Pradeep and Meenu Singh, Mahendra Gupta and Diantha States. )(Ernie Over photo)

After a picnic at the Sawmill Campground, the group posed with their hosts on a platform overlooking the Popo Agie River. From left, Jack States, Bijay Srivastava, Pradeep and Meenu Singh, Mahendra Gupta and Diantha States. (Ernie Over photo)

Lander Rotarian Jack States participated in several Polio Immunization Clinics when he led a District 5440 Friendship Exchange to Indian earlier this year.

Lander Rotarian Jack States participated in several Polio Immunization Clinics when he led a District 5440 Friendship Exchange to India earlier this year.

 

 

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