September 20-22, 2013 - Another weekend of fun, friendship, enlightenment and motivation ...

Read a report of the Conference from Terry Long (District Governor Nominee)

Saturday morning:

Sergeant At Arms Paul Chappell (RC Saltburn) calls everyone to order and
PDG Les Fay declares the meeting open.

But what's this?  DG Dave Sadler seems to have taken his trip to the seaside to heart!

Rather more appropriately attired, DG Dave asked Don Hibbert, President of his Saltburn Club, to read the Objects of Rotary ...

... and then introduced Councillor Andrew Backhouse, Mayor of Scarborough, who welcomed delegates to this seaside resort.

DG Dave also welcomed Ann Knox, Chairman of Inner Wheel District 3.

We were then addressed by the RI President's Representative Elio Cerini - from Turin.

The first Keynote Speaker of the day was Dr. Mohammed Kibirige from RC Middlesbrough,
talking about the charity Aids-Free Birthright for Children.

After a short break, we then heard from Helen Davies with her Guide Dog Tazmin.

We enjoyed a presentation from RYLA participants and members of Interact Clubs in the District.

The first plenary session was brought to a close by DG Elect Jean Thompson who thanked all the speakers.

After a lunch break, delegates were free to browse the House of Friendship or compete in a sand castle construction competition.  Then it was time for the evening entertainment - a dinner & dance with the theme of the "Roaring Twenties".
(See the slide show above)

But by special request, this photo of DG Dave, his wife Anne, their daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren just has to be included here.  They certainly seem to be enjoying themselves!

Sunday Morning:

The second plenary session was opened by DG Dave who proudly introduced his two Rotarian sons-in-law to give us a truly thought-provoking "Thought for the Day".

We were honoured to be addressed by Nan McCreadie - the first female president of RIBI.

Professor Ruth Plummer from the Northern Institute for Cancer Research gave us a fascinating presentation on the work of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation - a charity close to our heart here in the North East of England.

We then heard from Graham Warton who told us of the work of the Salvation Army in Sunderland.

After a coffee break it was time for Immediate Past District Governor Celia Leach to introduce the District Club Trophy Winners - the Environment Award went to RC Hartlepool (left) and the Community Service Award to RC Barnard Castle (right).

The Conference Attendance award went to RC Seaburn - John McLoughlin receives it from DG Dave.

The next keynote speaker was Major Kevin Young of the Royal Artillery talking about the Personnel Recovery Unit at Catterick.

Our next keynote speakers were Elaine Smith, President of the Rotary Club of Alnwick and Marion Long (Immediate Past President of the Club - seen here) talking about the Club's "Project Sri Lanka".

The final speaker was Rotarian Geoff Mackey PHF - a holder of the RI Service Above Self award - who regaled us with tales of his "journey through life and Rotary", bringing the formal sessions of the Conference to a close on a high note.

There was just time for PDG Les Fay (Conference Committee Chairman) to tell us of plans for next year's Conference in Harrogate before ...

... DG Dave brought proceedings to a close, after thanking everyone involved in the organisation and running of the Conference.  He seems to be rather sad that it's all over!

Special thanks to Michael Gough (RC Houghton-le-Spring) for these great photos.