2016 Rotary International Convention

WOW! That’s all I can say.  The 2016 Rotary International Convention in Seoul was simply outstanding.  President Ravi’s team put on a show for the ages.

Each general session had exciting, informative speakers.  Topics from stopping sexual trafficking to finding historical sites by satellite were covered.

The House of Friendship was colossal.  Vendors from around the world were the displaying their goods and projects.  There was a performance stage where different acts would perform throughout the day.

In the closing session, President Ravi shared a personal story about his mother’s fight to survive polio.  Watch his closing speech below:

Following Ravi’s remarks, members of his Rotary Club of Colombo, Sri Lanka, and RI President-elect John Germ’s Rotary Club of Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA, took the stage to exchange club banners, a tradition that unofficially marks the changing of the guard.  All of the members that were attending from Rotary District 6780 joined John on stage to receive the “Home Club of the Rotary International President” banner.

Germ told the audience that Rotary is about to begin the most progressive year in its history.

“You told us that we need to change and become more flexible so that Rotary service will be attractive to younger members, recent retirees, and working people,” Germ said. “You spoke with clarity, and groundbreaking legislation was passed this year at the Council on Legislation.

“Clubs now have the opportunity to be who they want to be, but at the same time remain true to our core. I’m pleased to share with you that Rotarians all over the world are responding with great excitement.”

The link below has an image gallery of some of the photos I took..
Chuck’s Facebook Album

Next year’s convention will be right here in our backyard in Atlanta.  You will not want to miss it.  I’ve told John Germ that we’d have 350 people from 6760 attend.  Here is a video preview of the Atlanta convention.

 

Here are a few of us from our district at the ShelterBox booth.
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Thanks,

Chuck Barnett
2016-2017 District Governor
Rotary District 6760
“Rotary Serving Humanity”