Above is the first Tilley Airflow R6 Hat; it's enjoying a soft breeze at Hilary's and my home on Lake Muskoka, in March, 2018.
MY HAT CHOICES FOR ROTARIANS
The Hats I have selected come in two styles, the R6 and the R5.
The R6 (called LTM6 at Tilley, Inc) is the best-selling hat. The R5 (LTM5) is equally elegant.
Except for the slightly wider brim (the R6 is about ½-inch broader on all sides than the R5), both Hats are identical.
The R6's brim is about a half inch (12 mm) wider than the R5's.
* Includes your gift to Rotary International, embroidery, shipping, and a lot more including about 6 months of ‘challenges.’
But, hey, I asked for it.
May you outlive your Tilley Hat!
We’ve been asked, and it seems fair to me. How about this:
5 Hats or more, please use the coupon code "5-HATS" to DEDUCT $9.00 for each Hat.
Please make one payment for all, and give me a single mailing address for the shipment.
THE TILLEY HAT FOR ROTARIANS
By Alex Tilley phf
I thought about how great it would be if fellow Rotarians could know each other, when they’re off somewhere.
So I got the idea of adding our logo to some AIRFLO Tilley Hats.
The project took about 6 months; it's not finished by a long shot. It's been an adventure.
I created the Tilley Hat as a winter’s hobby in 1980, so that I’d have a hat equal to my beautiful 31’ sloop. Currently, decades later, it is sold in one store in St. Martin, hundreds of stores in Canada and Britain, and thousands in the USA.
Now retired from Tilley, Inc, I’ve begun this project mostly for your benefit, so that you’ll be identified as a fellow Rotarian and that friendships will ensue.
“It’s a terrific hat.” Sir Edmund Hillary
"A Tilley Hat rests more easily than a crown."
I'm delighted that strangers, wearing Tilleys, usually stop and chat with one another especially in foreign lands. Friendships are created, and I think that's the Hat's greatest benefit of all.
"Hey Duke, where'd you get your Tilley?"
The Waltons: Roving Rotarians
It took months to get the Hats exactly as I wanted them for you. Ron (R6) and Margaret Walton (R5) of my club purchased the first Hats, and the last of the prototypes, for their Rotary trip to Africa. Here they are near the Blue Nile in March.
"Tilley Hats are the quintessential hat for the experienced traveller. Originally designed for sailors, they quickly became the hat of choice for adventurers. Having a unique, Rotary branded, Tilley Hat will enhance Rotary's image and in my opinion, capture the adventuresome spirit of Rotarians and promote out international focus."
Past District Governor
The T3 Hat saw action with 5000 Canadian troops in the First Gulf War. It became the first prototype for the Hats with the Rotary logo. We went through a lot of prototypes, starting our testing in Guatemala.
¿Esta muchacha? ¿Una dia la presidente de Guatemala?
For your enjoyment
While Hilary spent a week in November with her daughter and her new grandson in Toronto, I flew to Guatemala for the 10th time, “to test the Hat.” I learned the logo idea, and even the type of Tilley Hat, needed improvement.
Guatemala is my favourite country to visit. Away from its cities, it’s the land of the Maya. They speak about 18 languages plus Spanish as a second language.
It’s very foreign, it’s safe and friendly, not expensive, and easy to get to. I usually rent a car at the airport, then drive for an hour to Antigua, the former capital of Central America. And from there, anywhere! Read about Chichicastenango’s market, Lake Atitlan, their several active volcanoes -- and Tikal!
Travel agent with Evaneos, Mary Vasquez of Antigua (305 395 3935) was a delight to work with, arranging a guide and driver for me.
When I visit some countries, I bring along photos of Canada, especially winter ones. As you can see, young people, enjoy them.
In the 1970s, I found that wearing a large, fake nose got people laughing and delighted to meet you. And the gift of a Polaroid worked wonders.
Young once, immature forever!
what the rabbits around Almolonga look like! (See Google.)
By the way, my clothes are old Tilleys. They’ll last longer than I will (80, going for 105). That’s why I called my company Tilley Endurables, Inc. which I sold in 2015 and for whom I now work as an ‘authorized dealer.’
A propos de nada: One of the world’s most beautiful places is Bryce Canyon in Utah. Discover it!
If you have a favourite destination, email me (firstname.lastname@example.org).