Don't miss the 2009 RI Convention
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu of South Africa, who was featured in the April The Rotarian
will be the keynote speaker on 18 June at the Rotary World Peace Symposium.
Don't miss out on the opportunity to learn more about Rotary, meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and hear a diverse array of accomplished speakers at the 2009 RI Convention 21-24 June in Birmingham, England.
Download the program book to find out about booths, speakers, breakout sessions, and more. If you haven't registered yet, you can still do so on-site.
The Rotary World Peace Symposium is for Rotarians and Rotary World Peace Fellows and alumni to connect over issues related to peace and conflict resolution. It will include plenary sessions, prominent speakers, and networking opportunities.
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu of South Africa will be the keynote speaker on 18 June. Tutu, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, will speak about the challenges of peace-building. Learn more about Tutu and preconvention events.
Speakers at the convention will include:
Tom Henderson, CEO of ShelterBox. Read more about Henderson.
Clarissa Brocklehurst, UNICEF's chief of water, sanitation, and hygiene
Mia Farrow, actor, polio survivor, and children's rights advocate
Deepa Willingham, founder of Promise of Assurance to Children Everywhere (PACE Universal). Read more about Willingham.
Jane Goodall, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research, Education, and Conservation, and Roots & Shoots. Read more about Goodall.
Events will include concerts, an evening in a medieval castle, and lots of Rotary hospitality. Learn more about Birmingham, the West Midlands, and beyond by booking a tour. Read more.
Several airlines offer discounts for Rotarians attending the convention. Read more.
Although the official deadline for housing reservations, 8 May, has passed, the Birmingham Convention Bureau will continue to assist with housing needs for the 2009 RI Convention until 10 June. Reservations are fulfilled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact the Birmingham Convention Bureau by mail, phone, fax, or e-mail for the latest housing availability and information.
Birmingham Convention Bureau
Millennium Point Level 4
Phone: +44 (0) 121 202 5154
Fax: +44 (0) 121 202 5123
Rotary conventions help attendees understand the scope and impact of the organization. They also energize Rotarians for all the challenges in the upcoming Rotary year. Read articles about last year's convention in Los Angeles, and see photos and videos.
First-time attendees can find more information online, including a convention checklist.