The Key – 9th June 2014

This week

Next Monday night there will be no meeting as it is a public holiday.

The Rotary International Convention 2014

With over 18,000 rotary members from 154 countries the Rotary International Convention 2014 was by all measures a roaring success. Apart from a few episodes of showers on the opening day the Sydney weather was almost perfect with above average temperatures and beautiful sunshine.

Five members of our club attended the event and we will hear over the next few weeks some of their stories. My own observation was that it was a very well organized event with the free rail transport, to and from Sydney Olympic Park, working well. Full credit goes to the Host Organising Committee.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and New South Wales Premier Mike Baird were on hand to address the convention and assure Rotary members of Australia’s commitment to their cause of eradicating polio. The Prime Minister announced at the convention that the Australian government will commit $100 million over five years to help the program to eradicate polio.

There were many excellent speakers over the various plenary sessions covering topics ranging from personal experiences to wider overviews of issues such as polio eradication, gender equality and the future of Rotary.

With 90 separate breakout sessions there was plenty of choice for Rotarians to participate.

The opening plenary session also welcome the first Rotary Club to be chartered in Myanmar.