Dear Fellow Rotarians,
As you read these lines, final preparations are well underway for our 108th Rotary International Convention, June 10–14 in Atlanta. We’re looking forward to one of the biggest and best Rotary conventions yet, as we celebrate not only a wonderful year of Rotary Serving Humanity, but a full century of Doing Good in the World through The Rotary Foundation.
If you haven’t already made plans to attend, it’s not too late to register at riconvention.org. There is simply no better way to round off another great year in Rotary than by coming together with 40,000 or so of your fellow Rotarians to share ideas, find inspiration, and have a great time together.
We’re excited to have Bill Gates, a friend and partner in our work to eradicate polio, speaking at our convention this year. And it’s worth arriving early to attend a special Presidential Peace Conference, scheduled for June 9-10 and featuring Bernice A King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr and Coretta Scott King.
I’m proud to host a convention that is practically in my own backyard. Atlanta is a vibrant, modern State capital just a two-hour drive from my home city of Chattanooga, Tennessee and it’s a great place to experience the famous hospitality of the American South. Our Host Organisation Committee has a great week planned, starting with the “Blue Jeans and Bluegrass” kickoff event on Saturday night.
Come on over to Centennial Olympic Park, right across from the House of Friendship, and get into a dancing mood with Grammy Award winner Ricky Skaggs and his Kentucky Thunder band. Meet up with friends old and new at the Centennial Celebration Block Party or on the Peace Tour of Atlanta. Roll up your sleeves for the Habitat Home Build, or tie up your laces to take part in the 3K Walk/Run to End Polio Now. And before you say goodbye, come back to the House of Friendship for one more party: our Foundation’s 100th birthday party, with (of course!) cake and ice cream.
It’s going to be an incredible experience, and Judy and I are looking forward to celebrating with you — or, as we say in the South, with y’all! See you in Atlanta!
John F Germ
President, Rotary International