Rotary International Convention

**Our meeting program on June 20 was an overview of the Convention.

The Rotary International Convention was held in Atlanta on June 10-14. Our club was represented by the Binghams, Heiles, Horldts, Laffertys and Mercers – that is 13 adults and children registered.

Saturday Morning – Grand Opening of the House of Friendship (trade show area). District 7670 won the award for the highest district registration rate worldwide at 350 people (15.9% of the district’s membership). As a reward the district members had their picture taken with RI President John Germ.

Saturday Night – Blue Jeans and Blue Grass Event featuring Ricky Skaggs. Followed by Candlelight Vigil to bring awareness to human trafficking.

Sunday Morning – Opening Ceremony – Rajashree Birla – Philanthropist and advocate for corporate social responsibility; chair of the Aditya Birla Centre for Community Initiatives and Rural Development – donated $1M to End Polio Now

Monday Morning – General Session – Focus on End Polio Now and Human Trafficking. Guests – Bill Gates, John Cena, Ashton Kutcher

Monday Afternoon – Members went to different 1 hour breakout sessions.

Tuesday Morning – General Session – Andrew Young (adviser to Martin Luther King Jr), President of Coke, Jack Nicklaus.

Tuesday Lunch – For President-Elects (Beth) to hear from Ian Riseley.

Tuesday Afternoon – Members went to different 1 hour breakout sessions.

Wednesday Morning – General Session –

Wednesday Afternoon – 100th Birthday Party and breakout sessions.

Wednesday Evening – Closing Session