Dear Fellow Rotarians,
One of the best parts of any Rotary convention is
the sheer diversity of the people you see there. Whether you're
heading into a breakout session, exploring the House of Friendship,
or sitting down for a bite to eat, you'll meet people from every
corner of the world, in all kinds of national attire, speaking just
about every language. It's a lot of fun, and it's a big part of
what makes Rotary great: that we can be so different and stil...l
find ourselves so at home together.
That spirit of warm community that is so central to Rotary also
defines Toronto, our host city for the 2018 Rotary International
Convention. Toronto is one of my favorite cities. It's a place where
half the population is from another country, where over 140 languages
are spoken by 2.8 million residents, and where no one ever seems
to be too busy to be helpful. In addition to being clean, safe,
and friendly, Toronto is a wonderful place to visit, with its attractive
Lake Ontario waterfront, great restaurants, one-of-a-kind museums,
and interesting neighborhoods to explore.
The 2018 convention already promises to be one of our best ever.
Our Convention Committee and Host Organization Committee are hard
at work lining up inspiring speakers, great entertainment, fascinating
breakout sessions, and a wide variety of activities across the city.
There will be something for everyone in Toronto, and Juliet and
I encourage you to do what we'll be doing – bring your families
along for the fun. If you plan early, your convention experience
will be even more affordable: The deadline for discounted early
registration (there is an additional discount for registering online)
is 15 December.
As much as Toronto offers to Rotarians, the true draw is, of course,
the convention itself. It's a once-a-year opportunity to recharge
your Rotary batteries, to see what the rest of the Rotary world
is up to, and to find inspiration for the year ahead. Find out more
at riconvention.org – and find Inspiration Around
Every Corner at the 2018 Rotary Convention in Toronto.
Ian H.S. Riseley
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