Rotary Trips Emails
Rotary Eastern Trip Emails
February 20 - It's only a couple more weeks
until we leave on our big adventure.
February 11 - We are locking in the rooming list
and it is going out to the hotels and can't be changed. Just
letting you know.
Rule of 4 - Remember during free time you HAVE to stay in groups of 4 or more.
Trip Fact: Washington DC was originally a square which was made up of land from Virginia and Maryland. There is a National Park on an island in the Potomac River in Washington DC dedicated to Theodore Roosevelt. The stones the Iwo Jima Monument statue sits on come from Iwo Jima which is part of Japan. The Washington Monument was once the tallest building in the world. The first occupant of the White House was the 2nd President, John Adams. The Oval Office (the president's office) is not in the White House proper, but in the West Wing which extends out from the house.
February 7 - I have to send in rooming lists to the hotels this Friday so after that I can't make any changes. Check it at http://rotarytrip.org/roteastroom18.
We have named team leaders for the Eastern Trip and the list is below. How we select team leaders is interesting. Your district chair's make recommendations, you indicate a desire to be a team leaders. I will ask certain students we have contact with to be team leaders. We ask team leaders to give us feed back on how the trip is going in meetings every other day. We also ask team leaders to look for kids who might need help on the trip. It has been extremely successful in the previous 40+ trips we have done, even saving a couple of lives and many many trips for kids. All students are welcome to come to team leader meetings. I announce them on the bus before we do them. The meetings last about 20 minutes and are very helpful to us.
Here is the list. Give us your feedback.
February 5 - When you meet us in Columbus at
the Best Western Port Columbus on March 10 we will be checking you in
and then you have free time. We ask that you all arrive before
6:00 PM but you can arrive as early 11:00 AM as we will have chaperones
there then. You will have plenty of time to get to know each
January 24 - I have been working on the rooming
list and you can see my preliminary rooming list at http://rotarytrip.org/roteastroom18.html.
I will be locking in the rooming in by February 1.
January 15, Sorry I haven't answered any of your request sooner, I was knocked down by the flu. Feeling a little better today.
There are about 8 more places available on the Rotary Eastern Trip so make sure your friends get their applications in.
Remember to take the earliest flight available to Columbus Ohio (CMH) on March 10th. Try to arrive well before 6pm if possible. Return flights leave as early as possible on March 20. People driving to meet the trip (from Ohio, Michigan, West Virginia and Kentucky) try to be here before 6pm on March 10. We will have someone at the hotel from 11am. You need to be picked up 6:00pm on March 19. Most of you have sent your money, please send it if you haven't. The tour price is $1030, if you sent the deposit earlier you probably owe $500. Packing for this trip should include lots of warm and weather proof clothing, including a good winter coat and comfortable warm hoodie.
The rooms in our hotels are generally comfortable and nice with Cable TV, full baths with showers, hairdryers, and shampoo, conditioner etc... The hotels are popular so there are a lot of people staying there when we stay there. It is the main reason we need to stay quiet and be out of the hallways. Hotels all have rules for student groups and 10pm is one of those rules. At least two of our hotels have indoor pools so bring your swimming suit.
There is strict security in a number of places. Don't put pen knives or sharp scissors in your carry-on. If you are going into high security areas (Capitol, Statue of Liberty etc...) just leave your backpack on the bus. Carry your camera in your jacket. (you can carry a purse) If you decided to go into the Holocaust Museum, make sure you take nothing as they have the strictest security in Washington DC. A few years ago a crazy old man killed one of the security guards at that museum.
One problem which really upsets the chaperones is standing up on the bus. This is dangerous and will not be tolerated on the this trip in Washington, NY and Boston where the traffic is terrible. Our drivers have asked us to be hard on this problem. The other problem is noise in the hallways and around the hotels. You have to be quiet in the hallways and lobbies of hotels. You also have to not let doors slam in hotels.
January 3: Applications are rolling in.
We hope to have a full trip. The more the merrier.
December 21 - Hope you have a very Happy
Holiday. American Christmas Holidays are crazy busy with way too
much food and calories. Don't worry about it, because I have it on
good authority that calories don't count during religious holidays.
December 6 - Please tell your friends to
sign up for the trip. In a month of so we have to make a decision
on whether or not we are going to run two buses. Right now we only
have 34 students signed up on the trip. Not enough to run a 2nd
bus. That might mean they will miss the Eastern trip.
November 27 - We are getting closer to the trip
so you will see more emails in the next few weeks. Remember
you aren't confirmed until you are under deposit.
October 18 - We are
filling up pretty quickly on the trip.The big news
is we have added something special to the trip. After our half day
sightseeing tour in New York, we are going to the top of One World Trade
Center, the tallest building in the USA. A almost new building, it's
something we are all excited about.Make sure you read website carefully
so you understand everything that is going on. The URL is http://rotarytrip.org/roteast18.html
Remember the trip leaves from Columbus Ohio. It's not too early to
start thinking about how you are going to get to Columbus. If you
live far away start looking for good airfare bargains. Fly to
Columbus OH Airport code CMH, March 10, returning on the earliest flight
available March 20. If you are driving you need to arrive in
Columbus at our Airport Hotel before 6pm on March 10 and make sure
someone can pick you up March 19th. The fliers will be
staying an extra night at the same hotel we are leaving from. Our
coach leaves the next morning March 11 and heads off to Washington DC.
September 8 - The trip is filling up faster
than it ever has. We are 6 months away from
the Eastern Trip, but it comes much faster than you think it might. Make
sure you read website carefully so you understand everything that is
going on. The URL is http://rotarytrip.org/roteast18.html
Rotary Western Trip Emails
February 20: Please send at least your deposit. We need to purchase your airline tickets as soon as we can but we don't do so unless you have paid your deposit. Your flights will be the first flight we can get you on so be ready to get up EARLY.
When you arrive in Phoenix it's your job to get your bags and make your way over Terminal 4 Baggage claim, where you will find the chaperones waiting for you at the Northeast corner of the terminal near the information booth. It's also called the Barry Goldwater Terminal. Once we gather everyone we will call the buses, pick up and head for Blythe CA.
Virginia City is one of our best discoveries. The wild west has not left Virginia City. It still is a wide open crazy town in the mountains of West Central Nevada. There are beautiful hills, but the fun part is it draws fun strange people. The wooden sidewalks, 100+ year old saloons (included the most haunted saloon in the world), wild west shows, and fun gift shops are awesome. You can go down into old mine, learn a little western history and just enjoy yourself.
That evening we stay in Fallon, located on the loneliest road in the USA. US50 is in the middle of nowhere. Fallon, though is a nice little town with stores, restaurants and more. It's also the home of the US Navy's Top Gun School where our Navy Fighter Pilots learn how to flight in combat. That morning you were in San Francisco and the next day you are in the desert.
Fun Fact: Virginia City was named for a guy called "Old Virginia" who had to leave the state of Virginia after he killed a man. During it's peak, the city was the richest city in America and had 30,000 residents. It was formed overnight by the Comstock Lode silver strike. Writer Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) first used his pen name while a reporter in Virginia City. The city has been made famous by staring in an Old Errol Flynn movie "Virginia City"; was featured in "Back to the Future 3'; and was the location for famous American TV show, "Ponderosa".
January 19, Remember that the preferred email address to send me information is email@example.com. Some of you have been using an old address, which although it works, is not looked at that often. Make sure you check your email often. If you are new to the trip but want to check all the emails I've sent check out he webpage http://mcmurraytravelservice.com/rotemails.html
All information on
this trip is sent by email and you are responsible for the information
January 3 - The Western trip is long but so
entertaining. There are so many new sights and sounds you can't
keep track of them. Every 10 minutes of so the scenery changes and
we encounter people from really different places. Los Angeles is
hip, shallow and very much Hollywood. San Francisco is
international, smart and has an old world feel. The desert towns
like Fallon, Virginia City and others are very wild west like.
Jackson Hole is very sophisticated and is know as an international
playground for the rich and famous. Salt Lake City is a different
world. clean, very techie, with a strong moral center from the Mormons.
Twin Falls is a farm community with vast fields and incredible beauty.
Moab is desert, adventure centered, and very much laid back. Cortez is
basically a Native American (Indian) community. Flagstaff is a ski
resort and wild west like place. It really is an adventure.
December 21 - Want to wish you all a very
happy holiday season. Hope you all eat too much. Remember
that food eaten away from home doesn't have any calories.
December 6, The Western Trip is coming up
quicker than you think. Remember to tell all your Exchange friends
about it. It's open to any RYE student in the USA and Canada.
We often have kids from all over the country.
A little bad news, our regular chaperone Dave Saho is going through a
health crisis and will miss our Eastern Trip, but we think he'll be up
the for the Western. Cross your fingers, he's a terrific person.
Our goal is to run 2 buses, we ran 2 with 90 students last year.
If we don't get to 80 by April may cause us to cut back to one bus of
50. Get your application and deposit in as soon as possible.
You can check who is on the trip at http://rotarytrip.org/rotwestroom18.html
. I have not assigned rooms yet, so this is just people I've
received applications (or partial applications on the trip). When
we get closer to the trip I'll show who is confirmed.
As you know, if you read the website, we are going to
fly from a city near you to Phoenix for this trip and the airline
tickets are included. Be sure to keep that in mind. We do
require you fly from a larger international airport. Small
commuter cities don't work because they don't have enough reliable
There are some horrible forest fires in Los Angeles
right now. That isn't uncommon and one year we saw over 25 major
fires. Last year we saw 4. We keep you from harms way, but
they sometime cause us to change our route slightly. It is both
sad and exciting at the same time. There are hundreds of fires
each year in the Western USA. Some are gigantic and some are small
by their standards. A fire a number of years ago in Yellowstone
destroyed an area the size of Belgium. Don't worry, we will take
care of you.
Feel free to contact me anytime you like. I'm on
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/bill.mcmurray (I urge you to
join FB is you aren't now, we do contact and share pictures on it); Instagram
- wsmcm; Snapchat: bill.mcmurray. Also Twitter:
@billmcmurray. Whatsapp: 614-517-7702.
I really enjoy social media and am on it way too much.
Use firstname.lastname@example.org as my email. We will be upgrading our trip website in the near future. You may be asked to register, please do, it will help a great deal and make communicating together easier.
November 27 - There are a couple of
things we need to talk about on the Western Trip. The worst
medical problem we have is dehydration and we have had to take numerous
students to the hospital because they didn't listen to us and didn't
drink enough water. Where we are going is very dry and by the time
you start to feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Students
complain about headaches, flu like symptoms and fever and it's always
dehydration. Start to look around for a good 2 liter water bottle
you can bring on the trip and always keep it filled up and ways sip on
it so you don't get sick. A Great Xmas gift for you is a
camel-back hydration system, water and a backpack at the same time.
October 18 - The trip comes faster than you can
believe. Time to start thinking about it.
We are going to a lot of states on this trip:
Arizona, California, Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado and back to
Arizona. It's a large trip circling the most beautiful places in a