I can hardly believe that eight months of my Rotary year is gone.  With all the clubs visits complete my thoughts turned to just relaxing, spending time with my own club and having some relaxing time.  Little did I  know the prep work for the District Conference would actually be a pretty busy, if not just as busy as club visits. Sure there are no early morning road trips to the breakfast clubs or arrival home at late night following an evening club meeting.  Please don’t think I am not having fun but prepping for a conference is a journey in itself.

 

I am so thankful for my committee who is keeping me on schedule.  We are working hard to put everything together and in order.  This conference is going to be super special and loads of fun with the holidays that fall during the event.  There is May the 4th -be with you. Sure there is the excitement of the District Golf Outing for those who are golfers, but perhaps we just may see R2D2 stop in for a visit.  May not be on the 4th but it could happen. 

For Cinco de Mayo (Friday the 5th) we will have the opening ceremony of the Conference, several plenary sessions which will include the introduction of our exchange students by Jim and Teri LaSala, a report on the state of our district, and an update of our support of the Rotary Foundation by PDG Frank Geraghty. 

For the evening, following a Cinco de Mayo celebratory dinner with Margaritas and a Mexican feast, our keynote speaker Staff Sergeant Timothy Payne will inspire us with the first part of his two day presentation.  Tim retired from the Army in 2014 after being critically injured in Afghanistan in 2011.  He served 11 years in the infantry and lives the Army values of Loyalty, Duty and Honor. After losing his legs in combat, he used these Army values to shape his attitude. Most recently he participated in the 2016 Invictus games.

On Saturday our program will be just as full with our RI Rep Bryan Cooke highlighting the events at Rotary as we celebrate the 100 Anniversary of the Rotary Foundation. We also can’t leave out celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Women in Rotary.  Special recognition will also be on tap to recognize PDG Brad Jenkins for his work at the UN, and the most recent notification from RI that our own PDG Bob Pityo, who installed me more than 30 years ago has received the ”Service Above Self”  award from Rotary.  PDG Bob was picked from over 300 nominations this year. Congratulations to both these Gentlemen.  To keep the program going our outgoing Vocational Training Team of Firefighters will give us highlights of their trip in April. These are just some of the items on our program.

For Saturday eve the R & B group who entertained us at the Presidents/ Foundation Ball will be on hand with a Kentucky Derby theme.  Run for the Roses, Derby attire, Mint Julips and on top of all that, awards for most appropriate attire for these holiday celebrations will be handed out. 

Our Memorial Service for those Rotarians who we lost during the year will be held Sunday Morning.  The always popular baskets, bocce tournament, skeet shooting are just some additional highlights of the conference.

Each of our clubs will shortly receive information on the awards available.  Deadline for such nominations as Club Rotarian of the Year, etc, has been set for April 15, 2017.  We will regularly update the Facebook page for the conference, please check it and share it with friends and Rotarians.  - -2017 District Conference Rotary District 7470.

Till then,

Make Rotary a Never Ending Chapter in Your Life.

Margit