On June 4, 2017 a delegation of Tasmanians visited Townsend as part of a Rotary Friendship Exchange. The Tasmanian Exchange team representing Rotary District 9830 was here ro re-kindle friendships recently made during the visit to Tasmania by the Montana Friendship Exchange team. The ongoing association between our town districts is a testament to the wonderful world of Rotary.
The Tasmanian Team consisted of Elizabeth Anderson, Kath Downie, Roslyn and Ralph Teirney, Cindy Watkins and Chris Riley, Richard and Chris Horswill, Reg and Annette Emmett and Adrian and Dianne Wood. They arrived in Townsend at the Broadwater County Museum and were greeted by Patrick Plantenburg, Bill Kearns, Beth Ihle and Duane Simonich. Rick Moore from the Helena Sunrise Club accompanied the Tasmanian Team to Townsend.
The group toured the Broadwater County Museum where they received a fascinating presentation by Linda Huth, curator, about the Blackfoot Tribe Buffallo Robe on display at the Museum.
After the Museum, some of the group visited the Silos granaries while some of the group went on the the Canton Church. After visiting the Silos area that group also visited the Canton Church. The entire team toured the Historic Church (a short tour) and endured a presentation about the town of Canton, the history of the Canton Church and the efforts to preserve the Church.
From there the group visited Goose Bay Glass where they were greeted by Jim and Terry Gunderson. After touring the glass shop the group gathered at the American Legion Club for a potluck dinner with Townsend Rotarians. After dinner representatives from the different Tasmanian clubs exchanged Rotary Club banners with Ross Johnson, Townsend Rotary President.
To view a photo gallery of the Friendship Exchange in Townsend click on Tasmanian Friendship Exchange gallery.