2017 District 7070 Rotary Conference

Rotary Uncorked at the
White Oaks Resort & Spa.

November 3-4, 2017
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Each year, the Rotary District 7070 Conference goes according to that year’s District Governor. District Governor, Neil Phillips, is known to be all about wine. In saying so, Mr. Phillips chose wine as his conference theme – AND selected to host the conference in Niagara where the wineries are.  If wine, golf, friendship, speakers, youth, philanthropy, and networking isn’t enough to entice you to join us, please tell us what will!

Uncork Rotary Conference

“What is this?“

Think you might be interested in supporting the conference? Please view our sponsorship opportunities.

Rotary International

Who are we?

Rotary International is one of the largest service organizations in the world, bringing together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. There are over 30,000 Rotary Clubs worldwide and over 1.2 million Rotarians. There are six areas of focus where Rotarians focus their efforts: peace and conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, and economic and community development. 

Perhaps one of the most notable projects spearheaded by Rotary International was the establishment of the PolioPlus Program in 1985, which was the first initiative to tackle global polio eradication. Rotary has contributed more than $1.6 billion and countless volunteer hours to immunize more than 2.5 billion children in 122 countries. Rotary is part of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) and works with the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the polio eradication effort. Currently, there are only three countries that have never stopped transmission of the wild poliovirus: Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan. In 2015, there was less than 75 polio cases confirmed worldwide. Every dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication will be matched two-to-one by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation up to $35 million a year through 2018. Together, we are “this close” to ending polio.

Rotaract Larnaca Kition

“What is Rotary?“

 In addition, Rotary supports many programs that help support its mandate such as Rotary Youth Exchange for high school students or Interact and Rotaract which are service clubs for high school students and young professionals/students, respectively. The organization also offers Rotary Fellowships and Scholarships to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries.

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Our Focus

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 uncorking each of these areas of focus. Learn more about the sessions and speakers!


Get pumped

Friday, Nov. 3, 2017

  • Pay & Play Activities
  • Golf Tournament
  • Winemaker’s Dinner
  • Self-Dining
Pay & Play Activities

Friday night is for you to explore à la carte. View full schedule here.

Note: Costs and registration for these activities are separate from the Uncorked Conference ticket.

Golf Tournament

1:00PM to 4:30PM

This is for all those who love a little competition, we have you set for the Nina Cole Invitational: Golf Tournament at Niagara-On-The-Lake Golf Club. Make it back to hotel in time for the Winemaker’s dinner with bus transportation included! Click to learn more.

Winemaker’s Dinner

7:00PM to 10:00PM

Join us for an exclusive Winemaker’s dinner in the cellar of Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery.  A sensational tasting menu with paired wines. Bus transportation included! Click learn more.


Not joining the Winemaker’s Dinner?  There are several options you can choose for a meal either in White Oaks or nearby, regardless of when you get in that evening…But don’t forget, the Hospitality Suites are open later on, so you might not want to be out too late!

In the hotel:
PLAY – An informal bar, with a selection of pub-style snacks and small plates.  No reservations needed – just wander in.  Food service to 23.00.
LIV – Relaxing, contemporary fine dining. Reservations recommended, but not essential.  Open until 22.00.

Benchmark – The restaurant of Niagara College Food & Wine Institute, prepared and served by students.  Reservations recommended, or call before going – just 5 mins from hotel.  Open until 21.00.

The Old Firehall – Located, really, within an old fire hall 15 minutes down the road in St. David’s.   Varied menu from casual pub to more substantial fare.  Open until 21.00.

Further Afield:
Silversmith Brew Pub, Virgil – Located in an old Anglican church; local craft brews made on site, and a fine selection of nibbles.  Located in Virgil maybe 15 minutes down the road, just wander on in.

The Olde Angel Inn – Located in the old town of Niagara, maybe 20 minutes away.  Old-style (and inf act quite old) British pub, can be enjoyably raucous on a Friday night, befitting a proper English pub.  Wrangle your way through the crowd for some excellent pints and fish & chips.  Decent whiskey selection too.

Casinos – If you want to spend Friday having some fun at the slots or tables, you have your choice between Casino Niagara and Fallsview.  Just be sure to keep your donation money in a separate pocket from your play money!  Both are in Niagara Falls, maybe 20 minutes away. Check out Casino Niagara or Fallsview Casino Resort.

Get Inspired

Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017

  • Conference Programming
  • Rotary International President’s Rep: Virpi Honkala
  • Keynote: Nazanin Afshin-Jam
  • Breakouts: 6-Areas of Humanitarian Focus
  • Youth: Taming of the Dragon
  • Hands On: Indigenous Community
  • Speaker: Mark Cullen
  • Gala Dinner
Conference Programming

A jam packed day filled with guest speakers, competitions, food, fellowship, vendors, and more. View full schedule here.

Rotary International President’s Rep: Virpi Honkala

Hear from Rotary International President’s Representative: Virpi Honkala.

Keynote: Nazanin Afshin-Jam

Nazanin Afshin-Jam fled the Islamic Revolution to become an international human rights activist, singer/songwriter, author, Miss World Canada and co-founder of Stop Child Executions.

Breakouts: 6-Areas of Humanitarian Focus

Maternal & Child Health – Bridge to Health with Bill Cherniak

Water & Sanitation – coming soon

Basic Education & Literacy – The Free Reading Program with Heather Lennie

Peace & Conflict Prevention and Resolution – coming soon

Disease Prevention & Treatment – Dignitas in Malawi with Chuck Taylor and Heather Johnston

Economic & Community Development – coming soon

Youth: Taming of the Dragon

Taming of the Dragon is a social initiative competition for all high school students located in Rotary District 7070. Watch the 5 finalist teams pitch their ideas live in front of judges, Rotarians, Rotaractors, Interactors, Youth Exchange students, family, friends, and all esteemed guests.

Hands On: Indigenous Community

The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is a teaching tool to share the historic and contemporary relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. Learn more on how to participate.

Speaker: Mark Cullen

Possibly Canada’s best-known gardener, Mark Cullen is the gardening expert for CANADA AM. He appears weekly during growing season on Canada’s #1 morning show. Hear more on the partnership between Rotary District 7070 and Highway of Heroes. See more.

Gala Dinner

Get dressed up and join the party!

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Get discounted rates. Click to view more details.

November 3rd & 4th, 2017


Get mappin’

Exact Address

White Oaks Resort & Spa
253 Taylor Road SS4
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Canada L0S 1J0

From last year


Photos from 2016 Rev Up Rotary Conference held at the Sheraton Parkway in Richmond Hill by DG Jim Louttit’s planning team.