Presentation on theme: "100 TH ROTARY INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION, 2009 National Exposition Center, Birmingham, England."— Presentation transcript:
100 TH ROTARY INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION, 2009 National Exposition Center, Birmingham, England
Birmingham a city of old and new
Birmingham Canals and Canal Boats There are more miles of canals in Birmingham than in Venice
The NEC 21 halls totaling 200,000sqm of exhibition space on a 650-acre site…the biggest exhibition centre in the UK.
The Rotarians…an estimated 33,000
Rotary Peace Symposium… Desmond Tutu Tutu shared how he envisions God looking down on His creation and crying when He sees all the bad things His children are doing to each other. But, Tutu said, then God looks again and sees Rotary. “God begins to smile through His tears, and the sun shines through. God says that is exactly why I created them, for goodness,” Tutu said. “You and I are created for goodness. You are helping wipe the tears from God’s eyes.”
Make Dreams Real… Rotarians bought a sticker for 5£ and left a message to end polio now!
The House of Friendship This is where you find out how vast and diverse Rotary really is…
Projects all over the world
A Rotary Group for all possible interests…
Opening Plenary parade of flags
Opening Plenary and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
Deepa Willingham from Santa Ynez Valley Rotary Club founder of Pace Universal Half the human population living on less than $2 a day More than 1.5 billion people living with no access to clean water More than 2.6 billion people living with no access to proper sanitation 26,000 children dying each day from preventable causes More than 134 million children not going to school on an annual basis More than 300,000 children getting engaged as soldiers against their wishes More than two million children, mostly girls, getting sold each year as slaves or for the sex trade
The Paul Harris Fellows’ Tea and the President Elects’ Luncheon The Paul Harris Fellow recognition is somewhat different I the UK than here in the U.S. A lot of discussion on what all the new presidents wanted to do for their clubs.
The Plenary Sessions… Mia Farrow on polio and the struggle Darfur
The Plenary Sessions…Jane Goodall and Roots and Shoots Roots & Shoots groups plan and implement service projects showing care and concern for people, animals and the environment.
The Breakout Sessions This particular one was the Inter-Country Committees (ICC) “The Road to Peace”. It was reported that there are approximately 800 Rotarians actively engaged in conflict resolution around the world. The panelists came from four continents.
The Warwick Castle
Chris aka… Christine
Closing Plenary Session RI President John Kenney