Recently, the Fernandina Beach Rotary Club welcomed Colette Boylan, daughter of the club’s Past President John Boylan, as a guest speaker. Colette gained a love of travel from family trips to Europe and as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student to Australia in 2006. Now a teacher at High Trails Outdoor Science School in Big Bear, CA, she just returned from a seven-month excursion to South America. Colette shared photos and stories of her travels, including the Amazon River Basin of Ecuador, a mountain trek 6,000 feet up to Cuzco, Peru and on to Machu Picchu, and a two-month stay in Colombia. She said the highlight of the trip was staying on the Galapagos Island of San Cristobal where she worked as a volunteer to help eradicate non-native, invasive species of plants. While on the island, she also had a chance to see a variety of native animals, including sea lions, Galapagos Island tortoise, ocean-going iguanas and penguins. She said she came away from her trip with an appreciation for not just the incredible beauty of South America, but the warm and welcoming hearts of the people

At the conclusion of her presentation, Colette was surprised by her father, John, who presented her with a Paul Harris Fellowship. John said he had made the necessary $1,000 contribution to the Rotary Foundation in recognition of his daughter’s ongoing support of Rotary and her commitment to the Rotary ideal of spreading peace and goodwill to the people she has met during her many travels throughout the world.