Hart Jacobsen and Dale Peterson dressed up in Scottish kilts and formal wear during a Rotary Friendship Exchange earlier this summer in Scotland. Six Scots visited Lander on a return exchange earlier this month.
(Lander, Wyo.) – The Lander Rotary Club hosted Riverton Rotarians and a group of six visiting Rotarians and five spouses from Scotland on Friday, October 4, at the Forge restaurant. It was the second half of a Friendship Exchange in which several Lander Rotarians traveled to Scotland earlier this year. Rotary clubs represented in the Scottish group were from Aberdeen, Dyce, Forres, Kirkcaldy, Montrose, and North Fife.
The friendship exchange dinner was arranged by Lander Rotarians Hart and Josey Jacobsen and Dale and Jennifer Peterson. The Lander couples had recently completed a friendship exchange with Scottish Rotarians and had met most of the visiting Scots in their home country. The Scots had toured much of Fremont County with local Rotarians in the days prior to the dinner and were on their way home the following day.
Two bagpipers “piped in” the visitors to the delight of both the visitors and the resident Scots. A highlight of the evening occurred when Sheriff and Lander Rotarian, Skip Hornecker, swore the Scots to the “Cowboy Oath” and then gave each a Deputy Sheriff badge to wear on the flight home.
Following a dinner catered by the Wyoming Catholic College, each Rotarian visitor gave a “PowerPoint” presentation on their particular area of Scotland and their home Rotary Clubs.
Both the Lander and Riverton Rotary clubs exchanged club banners with the Scots following which, the Scots donned red bandannas and joined the local Rotarians in socializing and dancing to The Low Water String Band. The Scots were particularly taken with the bluegrass songs played by the Band because many bluegrass songs originated from Scottish and Irish Tunes.
–Submitted by Ken Richardson, Rotary Club of Lander