By Dan Bechtold, Editor
Five couples from a Rotary district in Sweden spent some time in the Winner area the end of September.
The Winner Rotary Club served as hosts for this friendship exchange. The group is from Rotary District 2340, west of Stockholm.
There are 1,500 members in this district with 50 clubs.
The group arrived in Winner on Sept. 28 and left on Oct. 1. The Swedish visitors had been in Pierre before coming to Winner.
A 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.
Winner Rotary Club hosted a dinner for their guests Sept. 30 at the Winner Country Club.
Erik Berger of Vasteras is the team leader. He has been in Rotary for 20 years and has a degree in business administration. He was a partner in a industrial company but is now retired.
He and his wife have been on several friend exchanges to Calgary, Canada, India and Argentina.
“This is a fantastic way to meet people at their home,” he said. “You get to have a conversation over breakfast and learn how they live their day to day lives. It makes friends forever,” he said.
Berger enjoyed the south central part of South Dakota. He thought it was prairie land but said the area is vast with lots of nature.
“You are showing us a lot of fantastic things,” he said.
This summer, Kay Berg and Becca Carlson of Winner were part of the South Dakota Rotary delegation that visited Sweden.