Past Presentations

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morocco- a land of beauty, contrast and history

Presented by Ron and Kathy Kelemen

PreCovid, Morocco was one of the safest Arab countries to visit, and it will probably resume that status once the pandemic is over. It is downright picturesque. Join Ron and Kathy Kelemen as they camped in the Sahara Desert and explored its modern and ancient cities, its beautiful countryside, and archeological ruins in 2017.

View the presentation here. (Note, the audio starts off quite bad, but improved at 2:40)

papua new guinea cross-cultural experience

Presented by Dale Ryan and Laura Simpson Ryan

Dale and Laura shared photos and stories from their two year stint in the Peace Corps in Papua New Guinea, the land of the unexpected! They served as educators in remote Menyamya, Morobe Province, in PNG. You can view the recording here. Please know there is conversation only for the first 1:30, then the video portion begins.

If you are interested in knowing more about Papua New Guinea, the Ryan's recommend an Australian documentary video called "First Contact".

First Contact is a 1983 Australian documentary film which recounts the incursion of gold-prospecting Australians into the unexplored interior highlands of New Guinea in 1930, then inhabited by a prosperous native population numbering in the region of one million. Inhabitants of the region and surviving members of the gold prospecting party recount their astonishment at this unforeseen meeting. The film includes both moving and still pictures taken by Michael Leahy, leader of the party, and contemporary footage of the island's terrain.

Here are links to the film. Part 1: Part 2:


Presented by Eric Schuman and Ron & Kathy Kelemen

Long before Covid travel restrictions abroad, many Americans have taken to the roads with their motor homes, trailers, campers, and tents. Eric Schuman (owner of a small motor home) and Ron and Kathy Kelemen (owners of a small Airstream) will tell us what it’s like to travel with an RV, the pros and cons of each mode, and what you need to know if you’d like to hit the road with one. Along the way, they will share photos of some of the amazing sights they have experienced on the road. View the presentation here. (Note, presentation starts at 3:30).

himachal pradesh and the spiti valley of india

Presented by Nonna Crook

Ten years ago Nonna's husband Larry worked with the Tibetans in Dharamsala, India. The presentation includes a trip to the Spiti Valley in the northern section of Himachal Pradesh state. This area is in the Himalayan foothills, a mountainous region with steep glacial valleys, dotted with Buddhist monasteries. It is a place of austere beauty with a harsh climate, ancient culture, and hair-raising rough roads leading to remote colorful villages. They traveled by car in the first two weeks of October, always with an eye on the weather, afraid that snow would close the Kunzum Pass, which, at 15,000 ft, is one of the highest passes in Northern India. View the presentation here.

East Africa-A Six country solo female journey

Presented by Abbie Hitchen

Abbie shows photos and shares stories of her journey through East Africa, including highlights of Capetown, Victoria Falls, safari adventures, relaxing in Zanzibar, mishaps in Botswana and Tanzania, and what it's like to work while traveling. Enjoy her observations of African culture, the Rwandan genocide and its amazingly quick recovery, and the wonderful people she met along the way. View the presentation here.

a week on the owyhee-travel through time

Presented by Stephanie Hazen

Stephanie Hazen and Ray Temple recount their adventures rafting down Eastern Oregon’s Owyhee River. Big horn sheep, desert flowers, rapids, petroglyphs, colorful basalt cliffs, golden eagle nests and a bit of Oregon history await you in this hour long presentation. View the presentation here.

Sri-lanka - the hidden gem of south asia

Presented by Ron and Kathy Kelemen

What’s not to like about this place? Other than the long flight to get there, Ron and Kathy Kelemen found Sri Lanka in January to be downright refreshing and low cost. While there are a few similarities with Malaysia, Bali, Thailand and India, Sri Lanka is unique in its own right and quite easy to travel independently. As periodic guests of local Rotarians they got to experience this country from a unique perspective. They share some of their insights and photos of Sri Lanka’s serene beauty, people, hospitality, historic sites, travel tips, and more. View the presentation here.