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From April 22nd to 25th a group of members, led by D211 Chairman Zaira Restuccia Roberti, took part in a trip to Holland to begin a Contact between District 211 Italy and District 58 Netherlands.
The Chairman of International Service, Concetta Angelino, with the collaboration of DC Zaira Restuccia and Past DC Donatella Amendola, organized an intense and interesting trip to Holland to meet the members of District 58.
The intense cultural program included the visit to the capital of the Netherlands, a very welcoming city, colored with tulips and rich in museums such as the Diamond Museum, the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum, the 'Heineken Experience, an interactive tour on the production of the famous Dutch beer.
They also had the opportunity to know Volendam, a village and fishing port on the south-eastern coast of North Holland, which is one of the most visited places in the Netherlands. The visit to Volendam was the main stage of the journey. With sixteen members of District 58 they met for a lunch, in a restaurant with a long family tradition where smoked North Sea fish is the signature dish.
Janen Margien Wessels Boers, the District 58 Chairman and the Dutch members, who nicely wore the traditional Dutch costume, were more than friendly. The District Chairman signed the contact parchments, one for each District. Also two Dutch Clubs signed contact parchments: one with the Club of Augusta and the other with the Club of Nicotera.
This Contact-journey was highly important because it gave italian members the chance to know a place and a culture far from theirs, creating a bridge of friendship and sharing between two Districts distant from the geographical point of view, but ready to share ideas, projects and initiatives.
The new bonds of friendship with the Dutch friends widened the vision of what it means to be member of International Inner Wheel.