Warwick Castle dazzles Rotarians
Rotarians explore the grounds of Warwick Castle. Rotary Images/Monika Lozinska-Lee
More than 6,000 Rotarians stepped back in time to enjoy medieval England. On 21 June, during a host-ticketed event at Warwick Castle for attendees of the 2009 RI Convention in Birmingham, Rotarians were treated to a display of old English pageantry, including falconry, jousting, and archery, as well as tours of the castle's halls and dungeons and a demonstration of a 59-foot trebuchet, an enormous catapult used as a siege weapon.
The Host Organization Committee selected the more than 1,000-year-old castle for the event because of its history and character. Begun in 914, it is one of the best-preserved medieval fortifications in the world. William the Conqueror was one of the early builders.
"This castle experience, it was very good," said Navneet Saxena, of the Rotary Club of Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar, Punjab, India. "Why not see something different when you come to the convention?"
Johan L. Meerburg, of the Rotary Club of Rijnwoude, The Netherlands, said his family castle was destroyed 500 years ago. "All the peasants in the village carry our family name now," he joked.