Canadian jaunt a classic road trip for Rotarians

UPPER TAMPA BAY – A road trip to Canada from the Tampa Bay area isn’t unusual, but two Rotarians plan to drive the 1,703 miles in style.

Joanne and Brando Pistorius are traveling in a classic 1930 Packard, departing from the Tampa Bay History Center, to attend the 2010 Rotary International Convention in Montreal. Along the way, the couple will visit with Rotary clubs in other states. Their five-day trek begins Monday.

“We wanted to do something to bring more attention to the antique car fellowship,” said Joanne Pistorius, who is attending the convention for the first time.

She recently became president of the Antique, Classic and Historic Automobiles Fellowship of Rotarians, one of many subgroups that are part of the international service organization. She also is a member of and chartered the Rotary Club of Tampa – Hyde Park.

For two years, the couple has been buying and restoring antique cars. After fixing up an automobile, they often take it on road trips and eventually sell it.

The 1930 Packard is the couple’s most recent project. Their trip to Montreal will include stops in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Virginia Beach, Va., and Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

During the stops, they will show off the car, speak about the fellowship and enjoy the hospitality of club members.

“Rotarians are warm, giving people,” Brando Pistorius said.

The Hyde Park Rotary Club is picking up the tab for some of their expenses during the trip.

Along the way, the couple hope to raise money for the Kids Wish Network, one of the foundations the Hyde Park club supports.

They also will blogging about the tour. To follow their adventures, go to

Carrollwood News & Tribune
Tampa, Florida
Published: 06/09/10

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