District Conference 2013
by Phil Simon
Pictures by Phil Simon
Conference Delegate Phil Simon reports:
"With the Conference for District 1100 being held in Torquay this year 10 members of our Club with 8 partners decided to make it a weekend away.
"We travelled down on Friday morning and met up for an enjoyable relaxed lunch at The Coombe Cellars, Newton Abbot. We then headed towards Torquay and the Conference hotel "The Grand". Some of us even managed to get to the first afternoon sessions of the Conference.
"In the evening we had dinner in the hotel and then went to the Casino Royale night. The money raised at the gaming tables went to Rotary Foundation, and a prize for the person who won most at the tables. As usual Fishponds and Downend entered into the spirit of the event with everyone dressing-up: a good time was had by all at the tables and listening to the band.
"President Derek set a fine example and attended the first session on Saturday morning. This was just as well as he was able to receive, on behalf of the Club, the Attendance Cup (winning it 3 times in the last 5 years), and the prize for the Casino night on behalf of Dave Powell.
"Most of us managed to attend the remaining sessions of the day listening to inspirational speakers and ordinary Rotarians doing extraordinary things. A visit to the Hall of Fellowship to view, again inspirational, projects being undertaken by Clubs throughout the District was well worth the effort. Unfortunately a scheduled headline speaker for the day had been called to Iraq, but was more than adequately replaced by a young man who has already achieved many of his life goals through his determination.
"In the evening, after sampling wicked gin and tonics mixed by our President, we all attended the Conference dinner dressed in all our finery. Whilst the food and music was not to our taste we did not allow this to get in the way of enjoying ourselves as the photographs demonstrate. We also showed our own determination by being the last to leave the hall after most had departed a few hours earlier.
(Clockwise top left to bottom left): Papal blessings by Pete Lawry, Fun-filledTony Bryant, Musical chairs by Mike Goodman & President Derek James, and Best of friends Ron Aspbury and Marcia James
"On the Sunday morning we attended Conference in the anticipation of seeing one of the headline speakers. Unfortunately although he had been able to successfully navigate to and from the North Pole he was unable to distinguish Bournemouth from Torquay. His stand-in performed admirably at short notice.
"We managed it back to The Grand Hotel for lunch and then to make our weary way home.
"Conference reminded us that we need a final push to achieve world eradication of Polio. Many Clubs in our District are undertaking extraordinary projects, and that one Rotarian is not alone but belongs to an international community that can, and does, achieve so much that is positive in the world."
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