President’s Comment – 11 Jun 17

Hi All,

We are at presently staying on an organic farm near Figline e Incisa Valdarno, in the Florence Region, Italy enjoying the wine and the spectacular scenery. We visited this wonderful village of San Gimignano yesterday in the Chianti area.

Rotary’s biggest event of the year starts now

By Rotary Staff

The 108th annual Rotary International Convention officially opens Sunday, 11 June, but Rotary members from across the globe have already begun pouring into Atlanta, Georgia, USA, to attend preconvention events, catch up with friends, and enjoy America’s Southern hospitality.

More than 40,000 members from 174 countries are expected to attend this year’s event, which runs 10-14 June. During those five days, attendees will hear from world-class speakers, watch Rotary’s new virtual reality film, and party like it’s 1917.

Ashton Kutcher, Bill Gates, John Cena, and Jack Nicklaus are just some of the exciting speakers at this year’s convention. During general sessions, attendees will learn how technology is helping to fight child sexual exploitation, about our progress to eradicate polio, and how Rotary’s new public image campaign strengthens our global grand.

During “One Small Act: A Virtual Reality Experience,” participants will be among the first to see Rotary’s latest virtual reality film and participate in one of the largest simultaneous virtual reality viewings. Plan now to attend and see for yourself the impact that small acts of compassion can have. Tickets are still available.

The culmination of a yearlong celebration of The Rotary Foundation’s centennial takes place at the Atlanta convention. One of the main events is the Foundation’s birthday party, complete with cake and ice cream. Book signings and a centennial photo exhibit that showcases the Foundation’s global leadership in humanitarian service are also on the program.

Follow all of the convention happenings at And share your convention experience on social media with #Rotary17.

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