According to the old slogan, to see the world, one had to join the Navy. A recent Monett High School graduate has done something similar while attending college at local schools. Elizabeth Welters recounted her experiences at last week's meeting of the Monett Kiwanis Club.
With the help of a slide presentation, Welters talked about traveling to England, Europe, Scandinavia, South America, Egypt and China. Much of Welters' travels were done while studying agriculture for two years at Crowder College, which has an international travel program as part of its study curriculum.
While at Crowder, Welters was part of an ag group that went to Denmark to study a pig farm. Foreign studies involve four days of classes a week, leaving time for extended travels to other countries.
Welters showed pictures of trips to Canterbury in England, where she stayed with a local family, the white cliffs of Dover, London, Dublin in Ireland, and Cologne in Germany where she toured a chocolate factory. While in France, Welters spent most of her time in Paris, stopping at the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre museum. In Spain, Welters visited Barcelona, the beach and the Olympic village.
One of Welters' most memorable trips was to Cairo, Egypt. She described visiting the Great Pyramids and how friendly to Egyptian people were.
While at Missouri Southern State University, Welters majored in international business and had a minor in Spanish. She used her Spanish skills during a trip to South America, where she visited Argentina, Peru and Chile.
Classes that Welters attended in Chile were all in Spanish. It was hard to catch up to the speed with which locals spoke, she said. Returning to Chile to teach English is one of Welters' goals.
In one of those "small world" experiences, Welters recounted how she met a missionary couple at a church in Chile. The couple knew John Smith, who is head of the religious studies program at Missouri Southern.
Welters said she made the most of her travel opportunities to see the great wonders of the world. She took a bicycle tour in Argentina to see the famous 27 waterfalls. While in Peru, Welters visited Machu Picchu, the "Lost City of the Incas" that predates written records.
Welters got to spend two weeks in mainland China on a business program. She noted Beijing is a very smoggy city. She also traveled to the Great Wall of China and Shanghai.
The university covered the cost of most trips, Welters said. The opportunity to see so much had made a big difference in her world view, she added.
The meeting was presided over by Frank Washburn, club vice president. David Steward was the program chairman.
In club news, Randy Johnson said money for tickets to the Springfield Cardinals Kiwanis Night game on July 16 needed to be turned in within the next week.
The Monett Kiwanis Club meets for lunch and a program at noon on Tuesdays at Happy House restaurant in Monett.