Find inspiration at the Atlanta Convention

If you’re joining us at the 2017 Rotary International Convention, 10-14 June, expect to hear inspirational keynote speakers, participate in a variety of service-related breakout sessions, and make new friends in the House of Friendship!

Preconvention events:

Service-oriented breakout sessions:

Plan to attend afternoon breakout sessions 12-14 June:

  • Rotary Friendship Exchanges: Enhancing the Rotary Experience Through International Exchanges: — participating in an exchange deepens global understanding, strengthens international ties, raises opportunities to explore vocations abroad, and even helps develop international service partnerships. Find inspiration from previous exchange participants, meet prospective exchange partners, and trade ideas on how you’ll join the program as a host or visitor.
  • Rotary Community Corps: Community Solutions for Community Challenges — a Rotary Community Corps consists of non-Rotarians who share our commitment to service and carry out community projects as well as support Rotary club projects. Nearly 8,500 RCCs in 90 countries are working to develop future leaders and conduct effective service. Learn about the role of RCCs in community development, along with how to form an RCC and how to team with RCCs on projects.
  • Vocational Service and Appreciation: Enhance Member Engagement — learn how recognizing the worth of members’ occupations, skills, and talents can improve member retention.
  • Rotary and Peace Corps: Partnering to Empower Communities — the service partnership formed in 2015 between Rotary and Peace Corps offers opportunities for clubs to work with active and returned Peace Corps volunteers. Learn how teaming with Peace Corps volunteers can address Rotary’s six areas of focus while enhancing goodwill, international understanding, and capacity building in more than 60 countries around the world.
  • Life as a ShelterBox Response Team Member — Rotary’s project partner for disaster relief, ShelterBox, will bring to life the mission of a response team and show what it takes to help on the ground immediately after a disaster.
  • These Rotarian Action Groups will host sessions about their service initiatives and opportunities to team with them on a related cause in your community: Clubfoot, Peace, Alzheimer’s and Dementia, Malaria, Hepatitis, Slavery, Literacy, and Family Health and AIDS Prevention.

Make connections in the House of Friendship

Visit the House of Friendship to network with fellow Rotarians and Rotaractors and learn about Rotary Fellowships, Rotarian Action Groups, Rotary’s partners, service projects, and much more. Download the Convention Events and Booth Exhibit Guide for Rotary Fellowships and Rotarian Action Groups, then prepare to connect with groups that share your interests and expertise.

Review the preliminary schedule for breakout sessions, and watch a recording of the convention orientation webinar for convention highlights, cultural tips, and resources. Download the Rotary Events app for up-to-date information on convention events. Follow the convention on social media using #Rotary17.

Rotary International Convention breakout sessions can enhance service projects

If you’re joining us at the 2016 Rotary International Convention, 28 May-1 June, plan to participate in a variety of service-related breakout sessions. You’ll have a chance to learn from program experts, explore service opportunities, build new friendships, and connect with prospective project partners. Sessions will be held in the afternoons, 30 May-1 June.

Service-oriented breakout sessions:

  • Speed Project Fair— This is an opportunity to learn how you can help the Rotary family address local community needs through international partnerships, and for your club or district to find an international project to support. You’ll meet project coordinators, explore partnership, and perhaps be inspired to host or attend a project fair in your region.
  • Rotary Community Corps: Community Solutions for Community Challenges— A Rotary Community Corps (RCC) is a group of non-Rotarians who share our commitment to service and who carry out projects in their communities as well as support local Rotary club projects. There are nearly 8,700 RCCs in 90 countries. You will learn about their role in community development, how to establish an RCC, and how to partner with RCCs on projects.
  • Vocational Service in a Wi-Fi World— How can you bring vocational service to life in clubs with young members? We’ll discuss mentoring programs, networking, and business exchanges, and explore possible language changes in our vocational and classification areas. You’ll also learn how to use My Rotary to network on social media with Rotarians of similar interests around the world.
  • Partnerships: Rotary’s Opportunity to Enhance and Diversify Resources and Impact— Partnering with other organizations, from community groups to government agencies, strengthens projects and increases our ability to serve. Learn about Rotary’s four categories of partners — strategic, resource (corporate and foundation funding), service, and project — as well as important updates for each type.

Rotarian Action Groups and Rotary Fellowships at #Rotary16

Preconvention World Water Summit: Join the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group at the eighth annual World Water Summit. This year’s theme is Sustainable Strategies, Sustainable Solutions.

Breakout sessions:

  • Rotarian Action Groups: Enhancing the Professionalism of Your Service Project —  Learn how your club and district can enhance service projects through collaboration with Rotarian Action Groups — autonomous groups of Rotarians, family members, program participants, and alumni who are experts in a particular field.
  • Fellowships — the Hidden Gem of Rotary — Find out how you can connect with new friends from around the world through Rotary Fellowships — independent groups of Rotarians, family members, program participants, and alumni who share a common passion.

Make connections in the House of Friendship

Visit the House of Friendship to network with fellow Rotarians and Rotaractors and to learn about Rotary Fellowships, Rotarian Action Groups, Rotary’s partners, and much more. Download the Rotary Fellowships and Rotarian Action Group Convention Events and Booth Exhibit Guide and prepare to connect with groups that share your interests and expertise.

Download the preliminary schedule for breakout sessions, and watch a recording of the convention orientation webinar for convention highlights, cultural tips, and resources. Download the Rotary Events app for up-to-date information on convention events.

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