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Spanning the globe

Homemakers Club member talks about her world travels at recent meeting

June 16, 2013
  • Club member Diane Braun is shown with some of her souvenirs and a map of her travels.
Photo courtesy of Linda Vestal

At the Brightwood Homemakers Club’s April meeting, member Diane Braun presented “Oh, the Places I’ve Been” about her travels with her husband, Leslie, along with a travel group of friends from Illinois. 

Since 1998, they have traveled to more than 50 countries around the world.

Greece, Italy, Spain, Australia to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, New Zealand, Fiji Islands, Egypt to see the Pyramids and Nile River, Russia, the Amazon River, through the Panama Canal, Ireland, Scotland, cruised the Rhine River stopping at the Christmas markets, Poland, Costa Rica, and Malta are some of the areas visited.

Braun shared some of her travel packing tips, whether on a cruise or an airplane. One tip is having a checklist of items to pack in each suitcase for each season.

She encouraged travelers to research each country through the Internet or library before  a trip. 

Once in a country, she visits local churches, samples local foods, supports local artists, and respects the culture and people in that country. 

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In May, Diane, her husband, and their travel group returned from Cape Town, South Africa. The trip included a game drive in Kruger National Park.

Last year, the Brightwood Homemakers Club made donations to Holly Place, Community Free Clinic and the Village at Robinwood. Members collected and donated Box Tops for Education for Marshall Street Education Center and Mary of Nazareth School, plus Labels for Education to Concordia Lutheran Church.

The club conducts its meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at 9:30 a.m. at the Washington County Chapter of the American Red Cross. 

The club does not meet in July and August.

Club officers are Linda Vestal, president; Helen Clark, vice president; Diane Braun, secretary; Barbara Jones, assistant secretary; Mary Jane Hawbaker, treasurer; Atsuko Sanders, assistant treasurer; Joyce Ott, parliamentarian; and Roseanne Grimm, historian.

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