We greatly enjoyed hosting Rotarians of the Wisconsin friendship exchange.  
Their team leader Julie entertained us with some facts about the state and district. With a population about the same as New Zealand, Wisconsin is quintessential Mid West USA is known for its dairy farms, ginseng production, cold winters and ice cream.  It is sports mad - particularly gridiron (Green Bay Packers) and basketball and with its German heritage dating back to 1830's, is famous for its beer brewing -the origin of many famous beer brands-Miller being one. 
Julie also gave examples of their local rotary projects, from infrastructure such as swimming pools to supporting youth development.

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