Jean and Bob Bendix hosted Amanda and Rich from Alamogordo, NM through the Rotary Friendship Exchange program.
Rich and Amanda Stokely visited Upstate New York and stayed at the homes of three different Rotarian. Bob and Jean were their second stop, after spending a few days in the Souther Tier. They all visited Steve and Lucina in Sodus Point for one day. Bob and Jean's daughter Aubrey also attended.

What is Friendship Exchange?

Friendship Exchange is an international exchange program for Rotary members and friends that allows participants to take turns hosting one another in their homes and clubs.

Participants may travel as individuals, couples, families, or groups, and may be Rotary members or not.

Benefits of an exchange

  • Broaden international understanding
  • Explore a profession or job in a different context
  • Build enduring friendships
  • Establish a foundation for peace and service
  • Gain opportunities for active project involvement and support
  • Learn about a region’s people, food, languages, customs, and history
  • Find partners for grants
Bob and Jean took Rich and Amanda to different places in the area, to include a boat ride on the Erie Canal. They had a wonderful time. Bob and Jean hope to visit Rich and Amanda one day in Alamogordo.