The Rotary Club of London Centenary held a meeting on 10 August 2017 that may have been an opportunity to visit the future of Rotary Clubs around the world. London Centenary is an e-Club and meets regularly on the Internet using the free Zoom software. The atmosphere is comparatively informal and it is up to the individuals attending as to whether or not there is a meal!
Their speaker on that evening was the President of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, Denis Spiller, who was putting his many years of experience in the IT industry to good use (outlined in green above). President Denis spoke about the many initiatives starting this Rotary Year including People of Action, The RIBI Conference in Torquay and the move from Polio Teddy Bears to Polio Old Bangers! He fielded many questions including the development of an e-Club for Rotaractors (aged 18-30), the size of Districts and the effect of size on their meetings, the need for a world directory of e-Clubs, and a major Public Image initiative planned for January 2018.
With Club Members and visitors attending from (in alphabetical order) Canada, Canary Islands, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Nepal, Sweden and Zimbabwe, this was a truly international Rotary meeting and was thoroughly enjoyed by all those attending.
As more and more new Rotarians find that time is at a premium, and that travelling time even on short journeys becomes more and more extended, this may have been a sneak preview into the future of Rotary around the world.
During 11-13 April 2014, we had the RIBI Conference in Birmingham.
Spread across three days, there was an exciting and entertaining mix of speakers – some of them household names, some not. There were new projects, new opportunities and new outlooks as well as the traditional presentation of awards and trophies. The BBC News team were also there for the Rotary Young Citizens Awards, and the presentation was broadcast on the BBC News channel as usual.
Of particularly importance was the RIBI Annual Business Meeting on Saturday 12 April 2014. The meeting ran for very nearly three and a half hours, such was the strength of feeling on some of the issues. In particular, the reorganisation of RIBI’s committee structure was defeated, as was the levy for the Public Image and Awareness campaign. To read about the conference, about why these initiatives were defeated, and the effect it will have on your subscription next year, please click on the link below.
RIBI Conference Report
Many Rotarians from our District will be going to the RIBI Conference at Birmingham between 11-13 April 2014.
Whilst you are at the Conference, you ought to attend our District Fellowship Dinner being held on the Friday evening at the Hilton Garden Inn in Brunswick Square. The time of the meal has been carefully set so that those going to the Rotary Proms Night Concert will be able to enjoy our fellowship and still get to the concert hall in good time (a five minute walk from the dinner).
Please Click Here to open the Booking Form and come along to an excellent dinner at just £25 per person (a good price in Birmingham!).
There is a great line up of inspirational speakers booked for the 88th RIBI Annual Conference in Harrogate and some fantastic functions and entertainment. Why not read all about them the RIBI Conference section of the website.
If you haven’t already, you can register online or download a form to post in. Don’t miss out on the discounted delegate rate of £55, which ends on 31st December 2012.
Where to stay
Reservation Highway, the local accommodation and transport agent in Harrogate, will deal with all your accommodation and travel needs. A number of good value hotels near the Harrogate International Centre are available at special prices for Rotarians.
If you haven’t already, please ring 01423 525 577 or email to book your accommodation.
Introducing the newest member of Your Conference Team, Caterina Gerace. If you have any queries about the conference please contact Caterina on 01789 768 117 or send her an email.
There is still time to reserve your place for the RIBI Conference in Bournemouth, which promises to be informative, inspiring and a real celebration of Rotary.
Meet up with fellow Rotarians and Rotaractors at the Bournemouth International Centre, 13th to 15th of April, and hear from special guest speakers as well as be inspired by the RIBI Young Citizen Awards, which will be broadcast live on the BBC News Channel. In an RIBI Conference first, the top finalists from the RIBI Young Musician competition will be performing live.
The RIBI Conference Committee is delighted to welcome Pam Rhodes, Songs of Praise presenter, author and journalist. Pam will be taking to the stage to represent the charity Rotarians Easing Problems of Dementia (REPoD), in place of John Suchet, Honorary President REPoD.
RIBI President Ray Burman will be welcoming President of Rotary International, Kalyan Banerjee, and his wife, Binota. Uniquely, RIBI is the only Rotary Conference at which all RI Presidents attend.
More information and registration advice can be found on the RIBI Conference pages.
Not able to go to the Dublin Conference? Shame – you’ll be missing a great occasion. But you don’t have to miss the all-important Business Meeting, because it will be broadcast on the RIBI website, live from Dublin, on Saturday 16th April between 2.00pm and 5.00pm.
Simply go to the Dublin Conference Webcast page, in the Events area, to see what’s going on and you can follow it all using the Annual Report, Accounts and Resolutions insert in this month’s Rotary Today magazine. (Not got a copy? Read it online here.) Please note, the webcast page will not go live until Saturday 16th.
Following the live webcast, a recording of the Business Meeting will then be available to view here from Sunday 17th April morning. Again, the web page will not go live until the Sunday morning.
The early booking deal for reduced Conference registration is nearly at an end. This is the last chance to enjoy a great value discounted rate of £50 for our RIBI Conference in Dublin. After the 31st of December, this increase to £60. Book now and take advantage of this great offer.
Foundation Lunch – Friday
This is a great way to start your Conference in Dublin. The Foundation Lunch at the RDS brings home the importance of the work Rotarians do at home and overseas. A simple meal of soup and bread is served with proceeds going to The Rotary Foundation, our charity which helps so many people in need.
Joining us at the Foundation Lunch is Betty Williams, Nobel Laureate and Paul Harris Fellow. Betty is an inspiring lady who has campaigned for peace the world over. Betty’s work for peace started in the early eighties during the Troubles in Northern Ireland. Her petitions brought communities together to call for an end to the violence. Read more about her tremendous work on the RIBI Conference pages.
Conference Dinner – Friday
The Conference Dinner on Friday brings everyone together in the spirit of fellowship and fun. Make sure you are there to raise a glass and celebrate Rotary by booking before Christmas. Bookings are being received every day, don’t miss out on the excellent hospitality which the Burlington Hotel can provide.
Irish Music and Dance Extravaganza – Saturday
Prepare to be entertained on Saturday with a fine meal at the Burlington Hotel and a breathtaking after-dinner show. Enjoy the energetic and flawless display of traditional Irish dancing which will have everyone tapping their feet in time. Choose this option on your registration form and experience Irish music and movement at its best. No dancing required, just sit back and enjoy this spectacular show.
The online registration facility is now up and running for the 86th RIBI Conference in Dublin. The registration process is proving very popular. Entertainment, functions and other requirements can be booked as well.
This year’s HQ hotel, the Burlington Hotel, has offered a special discount to Rotarians for up to four nights’ stay.
September only offer!
There is a 20% discount on travel with bmi, for flights between Heathrow and Dublin booked before 30th September 2010, for travel between 1st April and 30th May 2011.