Rotary clubs in the Rochester/Finger Lakes area will host 14 visiting Rotary governor-elects from seven countries Jan. 6 through Jan. 14 as part of an annual hosting program for all new Rotary governors.

This year’s group of visitors includes guests from Australia, India, England, Colombia, Kenya and Paraguay. The governor-elects, their spouses and Rotarian hosts will gather Jan. 10 for a Fellowship Brunch at Finger Lakes Community College in Hopewell. They will be welcomed by Rotary District 7120 Gov. Tom Rogers, of the Canandaigua Rotary Club.

The host program goal is to build goodwill and better friendships around the world through Rotary. It provides the incoming governors a chance to meet local Rotarians and residents and the opportunity to visit many of the scenic and cultural attractions of upstate New York.

Victor-Farmington Rotary Club member Dave Luitweiler is chairman for the district hosting program. Participating Rotary clubs include Bath, Brighton, Canandaigua, Corning, Greece, Irondequoit, Newark, Palmyra-Macedon, Penn Yan, Pittsford, Rochester Latino Rotary Club, Rochester Rotary Club, Rush-Henrietta, Scottsville, Sodus, Victor-Farmington, Waterloo, Watkins-Montour and Wayland.
Each visiting governor-elect will spend four days with one Rotary club before moving on to a second Rotary club for another four days.

Three of the governor-elects will visit Ontario County.

Zamin Hussain and his spouse, Rashida, will travel from India to be hosted by Rotarian Mary and Kirby Green, of the Canandaigua Rotary Club. Ray Herbert and his spouse, Deidre, will travel from Australia to be hosted by Rotarian Janet and Kim Tenreiro, of the Canandaigua Rotary Club. Cheryl Law will travel from England to be hosted by Rotarian John and Marybeth Summers, of the Victor-Farmington Rotary Club.

A variety of activities have been arranged for their visits, such as tours of the Corning Museum of Glass, the George Eastman Museum, the State Police Troop E Headquarters in Farmington, a Keuka Lake winery visit and a day trip to Niagara Falls.

The Victor-Farmington Rotary Club will host a welcoming dinner for the Ontario County guests Jan. 11 at Finn’s Tap Room in Victor.

The visiting Rotary governor-elects represent a diversified group from numerous business and professional fields, including a veterinarian from Austria, a medical doctor from India, a nursery school operator from England, a banker from Paraguay, a business executive from Kenya, a city mayor from Colombia, an accountant from Australia and a stock broker from India.

All of the guests will visit the local area to learn more about life in this part of the world and discuss common issues and goals with local Rotarians as part of Rotary’s commitment to “service above self.” They will then move on to San Diego for a comprehensive training session to prepare for their new duties and responsibilities.