.... at Rotary Conferences
Rotary Conferences are held annually by RI, RIBI and by each District
Each Rotary Club in Great Britain and Ireland belongs to a District. Twickenham upon Thames Rotary Club is in District 1145 which stretches from Kew in the North to Bournemouth in the south. District 1145 holds a Conference each Autumn in various spots within the area. The Conference lasts two or three days.
Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland known as RIBI is a unique Rotary region and holds its own annual Conference in the Spring. In 2017 this was in Manchester and in 2018 it will be in Torquay. The RIBI Conferences usually last three to four days.
The supreme Conference is the one run by Rotary International for worldwide audiences. In 2017 it is taking place in Atlanta.
The Conferences for our District and RIBI all include plenary sessions which are shows in a large hall with many speakers and presentations, led usually by the President or District Governor. Often they include a visit by the RI President to the RIBI Conference or by the RIBI President to a District Conference. There is entertainment as well, with dinner dances, musical evenings and amusing speakers.
A highlight of the Conference is always the Showcase. This is usually held in a smaller hall, set up with stalls giving useful access to organisations like Shelterbox, Foundation, regalia retailers, and Charities. Time is usually set aside to allow participants to spend time in the Showcase.
The Conference is always an enjoyable event, encouraging Rotarians to meet up with other members. It's also great for non-Rotarian partners to get to understand what Rotary is about. And it's just a good opportunity to socialise and have a weekend away.
See photos of some recent Conferences