Wonderful Windsor

Report from the 'new style' District 1090 Conference held at Savill Court Hotel, Windsor

Report from the 'new style' District 1090 Conference held at Savill Court Hotel, Windsor

Rotary Conference comes to Windsor

The District 1090 Rotary conference saw over 650 delegates from all over the Thames Valley descend on Savill Court Hotel in Windsor Great Park on the weekend of 11-13 March.

Over the past 18 months the Conference team, formed of Rotarians from around the Thames Valley, have been working hard to help ensure a successful conference, which had the theme of Local Action, Global Impact.

Rotary has always been at the forefront in its support of our local communities, working hard to improve the lives of the young and old by providing funding for various projects, as well as hands-on volunteering support.  Projects supported by Rotary include funding local food banks, running competitions within schools such as Young Chef, Young Musician, Young Photographer, Young Writer, as well as providing hands-on volunteering to fundraise for Children in Need and renovate schools, playgrounds and community centres.

Over the past year Rotarians from within the district have raised in excess of £200,000 for local and international charities and projects.

Conference delegates enjoyed addresses from a number of high profile speakers including Children’s TV Presenter favourite from the past, Johnny Ball. Other speakers included Thames Valley Chief Constable Francis Habgood, Reama Shearman from Thames Valley Adventure Playground, one of the charities being supported by conference, the Coxless Crew who have just achieved a world first by rowing 8,446 miles unsupported across the Pacific Ocean from America to Australia, and Clare Periton, the new CEO of Helen & Douglas House, another charity being supported by the conference; to name but a few.

But Rotary Conferences are not only about hearing from inspiration speakers, they are also an opportunity for Rotarians to come together to share ideas and more importantly to have fun in a celebration of their achievements.  So on the Friday, delegates kicked-off conference with a cabaret themed evening where they were wowed by the stars of tomorrow as Redroofs Theatre School put on a show.

Saturday evening was the District Governor's Ball, a chance to dress up, enjoy stunning food and dance the night away to the amazing soul and motown band that is Madison Heights.

District Governor, Fred King, commented "I am delighted that our Rotary District 1090 Annual Conference took place just outside Windsor, a first for us, with so many fellow Rotarians coming together in a celebration of all that they have, and continue, to achieve for local, national and international communities.  They really are a gift to the world.”

Fred continued, "The theme of the Conference was Local Action, Global Impact and I was very pleased that so many of our speakers were people who have made a significant impact on the lives of the young and old in their local communities and around the world too.”

Lisa Hunter