District Conference 2019

Llandudno 18th - 20th October 2019

Our 2019 Conference is coming together well and REGISTRATION is open at a cost of only £30 per preson for the whole programme including the Saturday evening entertainment.   The info here gives you a taster of what to expect and you can be sure that there will be more detail as soon as possible.  Llandudno is our most popular venue for conference and we advise booking your hotel accommodation soon if you haven't already done so. The conference sessions and  entertainment will be in the VENUE CYMRU, just further down the Promendae from the HG Hotel.  Registration is online and accessed either from the home page of the District website or on the dedicated page to the right. 


The Headquarter Hotel is The Imperial

If you want to stay there all rooms need to be booked through the Conference Team. Jean Parker is looking after this for the team and her contact details and a simple booking form can be found from the the right side menu.  Bookings are open now and a standard double/twin room costs £185 for dinner, bed and breakfast for two people per night. Information about other room options are on our Frequently Asked Questions page, just click on the question about the HQ hotel. 

Speakers & Entertainers

Bob joined Rotary in 2003 becoming Vocational Chairman within a year. Within the Club he has held the posts of Treasurer and Secretary and Club President in 2014/15. His District posts have included Rotary GO enthusiast, Shelterbox speaker and District Visioning Facilitator for the past 4 years.

Bob joined the Royal Air Force and spent 30 years as a fast-jet pilot and flying instructor. He left the RAF in 2009 and is now a part-time Simulator and Groundschool instructor, teaching pilots on the Hawk aircraft.  He is the current Governor of District 1180 and will be welcoming our conference to Llandudno.

Donna Wallbank, of the Rotary Club of Brynmawr, is the President of Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland for Rotary year 2019/20.  Formerly the treasurer of the Rotary Club of Brynmawr, Donna has been a member of Rotary since 1997 and has held the post of Chairman for the Community Service Committee and the District Governor for District 1150 (South Wales) in 2010-11. Commenting on her election, she said: “I am privileged and honoured to have the opportunity to serve as President in 2019/20. I will endeavour to encourage others to join us, in whatever means they are able, to help Rotary provide service in our domestic and international communities but importantly to showcase how Rotary involvement is ‘fun’ whilst achieving something good in the world.”

Donna, who runs an award-winning hair salon in Brynmawr, will take over as president of Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland on 1st July 2019.

Evan is a member of the Rotary Club of Turramurra, New South Wales, Australia.  He shares his vision for Rotary and how to attract the Y generation,

"In Rotary I get around. At the 2014 Rotary convention in Sydney, Australia, you may have seen me walking around holding a long stick with my phone attached, taking hundreds of “Service Above Selfies” with Rotaractors, Rotarians, and convention entertainers. Or you may have run into me immunizing children against polio in India, or mingling with Rotary leaders in Evanston as a member of a number of RI Committees like Rotaract/Interact Committee and the Communications Committee. You may have even seen a youtube video of me teaching 2013-14 RI President Ron Burton how to dance to Korean singer Psy’s “Gangnam Style” at a Rotary Foundation dinner. I proves that Rotary isn’t all business.

My message is “Let’s have fun in Rotary” and it’s with this message that has me engaged in telling Rotary’s digital story."

Rachel Holliday opened Calderwood House to provide innovative solutions to rising homelessness and unemployment. It was her belief that with the right support and opportunities anyone can become a valued member of society once again.

Rachel was born in Whitehaven, Cumbria and after experiencing homelessness herself in her teens, spent many years working hard to move out of poverty and create a better life. In 2013 she set up Time to Change (West Cumbria) to tackle the issue of homelessness and unemployment in West Cumbria.

Rachel explains, "We actively challenge stigma associated with homelessness and I am living proof that investment and support for homelessness works. In 2015 we opened Calderwood House, Egremont. Offering a hand up not a hand out; not only shelter and safety, but life skills, paid work and most importantly a new beginning to become a valued member of society once again. With 11 rooms of en-suite accommodation, the aim is that residents move on to independent accommodation within 3 months. Working with private and social landlords to ensure our residents secure permanent accommodation before they leave, Calderwood House provides a safe place to accommodate our growing homeless population in Copeland.

The model is self-sustainable, designed to generate income and create employment for our residents. Only 5% of our income is from grant funding, for the rest we are reliant on a mixture of rent, social enterprise, fundraising and sponsorship. Each room has a sponsorship package of £1000 per year, we encourage sponsors to engage with residents, offer work experience placements and hold fundraising events to promote awareness of homelessness within their organisations.

We make and sell our own coffee with a coffee van to allow businesses, festivals or events to enjoy our coffee for themselves. Each year we hold a fundraising event to allow our ex-residents and supporters to share their stories and of course raise more money!

To buy our coffee or to donate please click here. http://calderwoodhouse.co.uk/donate/

Geoff Holt MBE was a professional yachtsman with many ocean crossings under his belt until he was  paralysed in a swimming accident in 1984. Geoff has since become a world reknowned quadriplegic athlete and the first disabled person to sail single-handed around Great Britain and the first to cross the Atlantic unassisted. Today he commits much of his life to championing disability awareness and engaging others in the training and development of the disabled and able-bodied to help them attain their full potential whether in sporting or other endeavours and to inspire everyone he touches to recognise and harness those innate qualities in themselves. As Geoff puts it: “It’s not about coping with disability; it’s about finding the reserves we all have to achieve our goals in spite of it.”

Geoff became an inspiration to millions around the world first when he completed his ’Personal Everest’ challenge by sailing 1,445 miles, solo, around Great Britain in a fragile 15-foot dinghy and again in 2009/10 when he captivated audiences around the globe with his arrival in Tortola at the helm of ‘Impossible Dream’ having sailed unassisted across the Atlantic. He has faced and overcome adversity, challenged limits and inspires others to adopt a positive attitude no matter what challenges they face.  With his life experience and commercial background in marketing, Geoff  has proven to be an asset to any event, delivering a thought provoking and extremely moving presentations.

Geoff has spoken to many different audiences in a variety of situations and venues. His natural modest charm and engaging manner coupled to the incredible challenges he has overcome make for compelling listening and a great source of motivation and inspiration.?

NOTAA (Northwest Orthopaedic Trauma Alliance for Africa) has been established by a group of health care professionals from the North West of England to support the development of sustainable Orthopaedic Trauma services in Africa. We engage with all staff groups working in Orthopaedic Units around the North west to enable volunteers to collaborate to improve the treatment of patients in Africa.

Rotarian Tony Clyson, the current President of the Worsley Rotary Club gives us an update on the Charity that he established in 2016.

Rotary ShelterBus works in partnership with local non-profit organisations to provide a range of care services to our beneficiaries. It all starts with a bus. First, our parent organisation, Rotary Club Birmingham Breakfast, will procure and renovate our ShelterBuses to meet all necessary comfort and safety standards.

Courtney Rachel is a Trustee and commented "Once the ShelterBus is road-ready, we'll partner with a local homeless charity to provide day-to-day care and administration whilst our bus is on the move.

Our ShelterBus will be free as long as our tenants are in a full-time job or fulfil voluntary community services arranged daily by our team. It's important that we give back to the community full-circle, whilst instilling skills that can help our tenants turn around their personal situations.

Throughout the year, we'll partner with a range of local charitable and for-profit organisations to provide food, health care and career advice to our beneficiaries. Anyone is welcome to partner with us and volunteer their time or resources."

Further information can be found at http://www.rotaryshelterbus.co.uk/

We are pleased to welcome Malcolm Baldwin, Rotary Club of Accrington and Anne-Marie Etherington from the Great Harwood and Rishton Club to tell us about Wrap Up Lancashire.
In partnership with Hands On London, a charity which introduced the ‘Wrap Up London’ initiative 8 years ago, Rotarians in East Lancashire are collecting unwanted coats and giving them to charities that support the homeless, children living in poverty, vulnerable adults and people fleeing domestic violence (to name a few).
Collection points and sorting centres are now in operation across Accrington, Blackburn, Clayton-Le-Moors, Clitheroe, Great Harwood, Rishton & Whalley, and will remain until 3rd November to collect donations from the public.

Clubs in District 1285 are learning from Lancashire this year and will be collecting coats for distribution by charities working in Greater Manchester. Further information about our involvement will be sent out by the Humanitarian Service District Team, lead by Rosemary Boardman.

All donations will then be sorted and delivered to our nominated charity partners, for distribution to those in need during the first two weeks of November, just in time for winter.
Any size, style, colour of men’s, women’s and children’s coats will be greatly appreciated. We will ensure we put them all to very good use.
We continue to look for additional companies and organisations who may be able to help us by placing one of our collection boxes in their premises, together with the accompanying posters advertising our campaign. We would ensure that coats are collected from these premises and brought to our central sorting centre on a regular basis, to avoid companies having to handle large volumes of donated items.

We’re working with some amazing charities and will hopefully be able to help a lot of vulnerable and needy adults and children in the next couple of months!!


The 1950’s Americana rock n roll revolution was spearheaded by Frankie, Nick, Tommy and Bob, The original Four Seasons! 
America’s answer to the British pop invasion, Frankie and the boys created some of the greatest rock n roll songs of a generation. Pumping out classics such as Big Girls Don’t Cry, Sherry, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You and many many more.

Walk Like A Man is the ultimate celebration of the band that gave us this musical legacy and showcases not only their individual vocal harmony style, but also their slick dance moves. WALK LIKE A MAN takes you back in time on a musical journey through the incredible career of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, now immortalised in the multi-award winning show Jersey Boys, which has been packing theatres worldwide since it’s debut in 2005. Valli’s unmistakable voice dominated the airwaves for more than two decades with classics such as Sherry, Let’s Hang On, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, My Eyes Adored You, December 63 (Oh What A Night), Bye Bye Baby, Who Loves You and many, many more. With a repertoire which needs no introduction, WALK LIKE A MAN combines infectious personalities, amazing vocals, slick harmonies and even slicker dance moves to deliver a show full of energy and nostalgia which always leaves audiences wanting more!

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Frequently Asked Questions

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You can Register here, either individually or as a block booking for your club.


HQ Hotel Room Reservation

Our HQ Hotel in Llandudno is the IMPERIAL HOTEL


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