Our club is twinned with the Rotary Club of Munster St. Mauritz in Germany (District 1870) and this link has resulted in many friendships. There is regular contact between the clubs with a visit every two years alternating between York and Munster. In May 2014 club members will visit Muster and normally stay at the homes of club members.
The current liaison member is Stephen Ellis.
Presidents Jim Murison
and Klaus Niededrenk
HISTORY OF THE TWINNING:
After considering the possibility of twinning with a club in the Netherlands we found little interest there but, in 1962, we were invited to send a representative to York's twin city of Munster to accompany the Civic Party. This didn't happen, but eventually, in January 1964 the Club agreed to try to twin with the Rotary Club of Munster St Mauritz, a club of similar age to ourselves. With member Finn Hjort regularly visiting Munster on business there was a period of liaison followed by the first visit to Munster in 1969.
An agreement was reached to organise visits every two years and the members of Munster St Mauritz made their first visit to York in 1971. In 1973 the idea of staying in members homes was tried with evident success. However, this was not always possible and in one of the first visits to York Rotarians stayed at the Dean Court Hotel. In 1978 three members went to Munster and stayed in private accommodation belonging to a bank. 1979 saw visiting Rotarians staying at the Royal York Hotel.
2013 - joint project with Munster to purchase dialysis equipment for a medical centre in Kolkata, linking with the Rotary Club of Budge Budge. York Ainsty has contributed 2000 dollars to this and hope Munster can work towards a Rotary Foundation Global Grant.