Rotary is dedicated to six areas of focus to build international relationships, improve lives, and create a better world to support our peace efforts and end polio forever.
This year’s conference revolves around reuniting all of us to hone in on our 6 areas of focus.
Join experienced Rotarians who take water and sanitation to the next level. Clean water is key to all areas of focus. Without safe water for drinking and cooking, a village, community or country won’t thrive. Don’t drown in which water filtration solution to use, see how different solutions work in projects that have been successful, sustainable and expandable. You’ll drink up the differences and wash your hands of confusion for a water project bathed in success! See , feel, and taste the results.
Join Shannon Lavigne, a mother, a wife, a Rotarian, a woman whose role in life is key to so many. Shannon will discuss mental health and what it means for the youth of today. The World Health Organization statistics show an ever growing number of children and youth being diagnosed with a mental illness. Our discussion will focus on a survivor story, a lively activity and a round table discussion about diagnosis and growing up in the world today. With the ongoing focus on children within Rotary, a step forward in the discussion surrounding mental illness and mental health is key to providing the children and youth of today the best foundation for a positive and productive life. Shannon Lavigne is the past President of the Rotary Club of Courtice and has spent the last 10 years speaking to schools, service clubs and community organizations about mental illness and mental health and is currently writing a workbook geared to adolescents on this topic.
Surrounded by children on the ground, mothers who learn give birth to literacy through hands on learning. Join Amarok Society representatives as they teach you as they teach mothers in Bangladesh. Learn why teaching a mother is key to the development of literacy and basic education in children in Bangladesh. You will have the opportunity to contrast that with learning opportunities in first world countries, through cloud based learning and the free reading program.
Join us at our World Lunch Café, as we explore conflict. Rotary Peace Fellow, Chenai Kadungure, a graduate with a Masters in Global Studies and Certification in International Development from the University of North Carolina, will lead us in inspirational thought and exercises to intrigue us to evaluate our being. How are we contributing to the solution? What about the problem?
Did you experience the Rotary virtual reality (VR) video at the RI Convention in Toronto? Yes? Well see more here. Download the Rotary VR app to your cell phone before you arrive at the conference. We’ll provide the 3D accessory to enhance your viewing experience. Didn’t get to convention? You are in for a treat! This video experience is spectacular. An enhancement to the VRexperience is National Immunization Day (NID) participant – Jennifer Boyd. Jennifer, live and in person,will highlight her experience and what it means to those we serve to eradicate Polio.
85 million people around the world have been made homeless by natural disaster and conflict. Shelter Box with the support of Rotary is working to change this. Feel what its like for families robbed of their homes to be transformed from despair into hope. You’ll weave through a day in the life of a family living in a shelter box tent. Hey, some esteemed Rotarians may even be enticed into sleeping in one. They are impatient to see a world where no family is left without shelter. Are you?
Hosted by the Rotary Clubs of Wellington and Picton, this pre-conference dessert party is being held on Friday October 26th at the Wellington Legion, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. All participants are welcome to drop in as you please, however we request that you click here to register as a guest.
This Sweet County Welcome – pre conference host hospitality is FREE to all conference attendees, their family and accompanying friends. Desserts and after-dinner cheese plates will be served, and the Wellington Legion will provide a cash bar, serving Rotary Beer and County wines and spirits.
Explosion: The new and existing band, Sound Explosion, performs covers of popular songs from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Audience are compelled to dance and have a good time! Sound explosion includes 5 seasoned members that features a female singer. Band members have performed all across Canada entertaining crowds. The leader, Tony Vani, has been making music in the Belleville area for decades. He is a versatile and well respected performer who plays Classic Rock, 50’s and 60’s music and more. For more information on Tony please visit his website here.
The Class Act Trio is a local musical group made up of Debbie Shaw on Flute from Belleville who plays in The Quinte Symphony, Doug Parker- Bass Guitar from Sterling and Rotarian Stewart Hood – Guitar from Trenton. The group was founded in 2013 and plays a variety of music from the American Songbook, Latin and Bossa Nova, popular favorites and some original compositions. The group has played at wineries in the County, for corporate events like the Quinte Business Achievement Awards and at private functions.