RI Convention in Atlanta

 
Do You Plan to Attend the History-making 2017 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta?  Are You a First-time Convention Goer? READ ON
The convention includes five days of non-stop Rotary fun and fellowship with inspirational stories sprinkled liberally throughout.  The House of Friendship opens on Saturday, June 10th, opening plenary sessions occur on Sunday, June 11, then three days of Rotary excitement, plenary and breakout sessions, plus other activities, fill Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, June 12, 13 and 14.
 
http://www.riconvention.org      is the place to begin exploring all the Atlanta Convention offers
 
House of Friendship – where the Rotary world comes together
Breakout Sessions – your opportunity to dig deeper into topics that interest you
The Rotary Foundation’s 100th Birthday Party – celebrating 100 years of doing good in the world
http://www.rotaryconvention2017.org    is the place to begin exploring special host committee events
 
 
As of this week, seventy-eight Rotarians and friends have registered to attend the Atlanta Convention.  There are over 2000 Rotarians in our district.  With this convention occurring just a few days drive or a short plane ride from us, no doubt many more of you will decide to attend.   The price is $415.  There is special pricing for Interactors, Rotaractors, Rotary Alums, family 5 to 18 years old; kids under 5 can go for free.  To check for fees which might affect you, your family and friends, go to http://www.riconvention.org/en/atlanta/registration-fees)           
An event you will not find on the convention website, which everyone in our district will want to attend, is the Beyond Borders Dinner on Sunday, June 11th, an annual event at RI conventions. This year’s dinner is being held near the Convention Center at the Georgia Aquarium in downtown Atlanta, catering by Wolfgang Puck.  
For more information and for a link to register, visit http://portal.clubrunner.ca/50077/SitePage/beyond-borders-dinner-atlanta
So, now that you are giving serious thought to registering.  If you have not attended a Rotary International Convention before, here are a few things you may want to know.  Some events do cost money in addition to the basic registration fee, e.g. the birthday party, major donor reception, the Atlanta Braves game celebrating polio eradication efforts.  Usually a good variety of food options are available in the House of Friendship at reasonable prices.  All plenary sessions and breakout sessions, as well as admittance to the House of Friendship, a phenomenal place, are all included in the registration fee.  As importantly, dress is decidedly casual.  This is summer in Atlanta – shorts or slacks, casual shirts and sandals are acceptable menswear.  Lightweight dresses, slacks and casual shirts and sandals are acceptable womenswear.  Of course, various events and venues may require a sport-jacket, sweaters, etc.
Find more information for first-time attendees at http://www.riconvention.org/en/atlanta/first-time-attendees