International Convention 2020
By: Mark Daniel Maloney,
RI President 2019-20
There is no experience quite like attending the Rotary
International Convention. Discover the true spirit of aloha and Rotary
with your family, friends, and fellow Rotarians from 6 to 10 June in
Honolulu. It is the perfect setting for the entire family of Rotary
to celebrate, collaborate, and connect.
There are two types of people who enjoy visits to Hawaii — those
who have never been to the islands and are about to have unique and
wonderful experiences, and those who have had those Hawaiian moments
etched into their memories already and cannot wait to create some new
The convention is the best place to find and share your aloha, which
you will soon discover is much more than a greeting. Just as Rotary
is a way of life for Rotarians, aloha is a way of life for Hawaiians
— one that focuses on living in harmony, being patient, treating
everyone with respect, and sharing joy with your family, or 'ohana.
Our host committee has arranged some fabulous events for you and your
family. This includes a Hawaiian Culture and Lunch Boat Cruise, a two-hour
tour that will feature spectacular views of Diamond Head, Waikiki, and
the Kahala Gold Coast. On board, you can learn to play the ukulele,
take part in hula dancing, and create your own Hawaiian flower lei.
You will also have the opportunity to enjoy a full range of island hospitality
events, from small backyard picnics to multicourse family meals. There
will be fantastic service projects to see, including two ancient Hawaiian
fishponds. And a sunrise Walk for Peace will take place at the beautiful
Ala Moana Beach Park, a 3-mile stroll in the shadow of the iconic Diamond
Inside and outside the convention halls, we are going to hold the most
family-friendly convention in Rotary history, including a family-centered
opening ceremony and family-focused events in the House of Friendship.
The opening session will, of course, include our traditional flag ceremony.
Our 2020 convention will also be a time to celebrate Rotary's historical
ties to the United Nations. As I mentioned in my November message, June
2020 will mark the 75th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations
charter. On the day before the start of the convention, Rotary and the
UN will host our fifth joint event of 2019-20, one focused on environmental
In addition, we are planning the greenest convention in Rotary history
— and I will share more details about this in the months ahead.
But now, go to riconvention.org and
click the REGISTER button right below the Honolulu Hawaii 2020 logo.
Early registration discount pricing ends 15 December, so do not delay.
Rotary Connects the World in no better way than at the Rotary Convention.
Bring your family to meet our family. See you in Honolulu!
Mark Daniel Maloney, RI President 2019-20