Are you looking to expand your global network and connect with like-minded people of action?
Are you eager to share best practices, ideas, and successes for projects from around the world?
The ideal place to do that – and more – is the 2023 Rotary International Convention 27-31 May here in Melbourne.
The convention is an inspirational event, featuring distinguished speakers, energizing breakout sessions, and opportunities to build and strengthen relationships in an atmosphere of friendship and learning.
Our Rotary International Convention here in Melbourne is not far away - only 12 weeks to go!
Have you registered yet? You can using this link. https://convention.rotary.org/en/melbourne
There are a range of events during the convention, hosted by the Rotary Club of Melbourne and also the Convention Organising Committee. You can book and attend any of these events even if you are unable to make it to the Convention itself.
Marvellous Melbourne Cocktail Party
Our club's signature event at the Convention is our Marvellous Melbourne Cocktail Party, held at the Hotel Windsor Grand Ballroom on Sunday 28th May 2023, 5-7pm. This is the evening of the Opening Ceremony at Rod Laver Arena, and we have extended invitations to our international Sister City clubs, our Friendship Clubs, the JWD Clubs (founded by James Wheeler Davidson), the first clubs of each country, and the Australian capital city clubs. It will be an historic occasion, the first time members of these clubs have gathered together anywhere in the world. If there is only one Rotary Melbourne event you can attend this year, this is it.
Other Rotary Melbourne Events at the Convention
Mon 22 May - Fri 26 May - ITFR Tournament at Melbourne Park (with Gala Dinner Fri 26 May at Lyceum Club). If you are interested in tennis, join members of our club with the International Tennis Fellowship of Rotarians for their tennis tournament preceding the convention and a Gala Dinner. Click here for more information.
Mon 29 May - Club Host Hospitality at Starward Whisky Distillery in Port Melbourne. A fun night of whisky tasting co-hosted with other local Rotary Clubs for international Rotarians, especially young Rotary professionals at the World's Most Awarded Distillery, based here in Melbourne. Click here for more information.
Mon 29 May - Home Hosting Dinners. Some of our members are opening their homes to host dinner for small groups of international Rotarians.
RI Convention Events
The chair of the convention organising committee, our own Past President Mary Barry provides an update on what is planned in this month's newsletter.
Click to access the document. RICON Feb 23 Newsletter
There is a great range of spectacular events and you will recognise the distinct touch of events maestro Peter Jones. This is a special time to be a Rotarian in Melbourne. Make the most of as many events as you are able.
Sat 27 May - Welcome Reception at the Melbourne Museum
Mon 29- Tue 30 - Streets of Melbourne events at South Wharf
Tue 31 May - Melbourne Cup Experience including Rotary Express train to Flemington Racecourse
District 9800 Event
Thu 1 June - As the bright lights of the convention come to a close, our District Governor (and club member) Amanda Wendt is hosting a special Gala Thank You Dinner with special guest Rotary International President Jennifer Jones. This Gala is in lieu of our District Conference this year. Mark you diary and more information will be out soon.
Don't miss the opportunity to experience a Rotary Convention delivered in your home town. President Adrian can't wait to celebrate the internationality of Rotary with new and old Rotary friends from across the globe.