One early June, more than 30 years
ago, I had a business trip scheduled to Las Vegas.
I had been a Rotarian for about six years, and I
thought of myself as an active member: I attended
every meeting, I’d served as club secretary, I knew
everyone in my club. But for me, Rotary was very
much a community organization. It connected me
to Nassau and perhaps even to the Bahamas —
but no farther.
I had never given much thought to Rotary beyond
the Bahamas, and it had never crossed my mind to
travel to a Rotary Convention. But that spring,
I realized that my trip to Las Vegas would coincide
with the Rotary International Convention and
thought, why not? I sent in my registration and
paid my fees, never suspecting that the experience
would change my life.
When I walked through the doors of that
convention, I was stunned. It was one thing to
know that I was part of a global organization with
over a million members around the world. It was
something else completely to stand there in the
middle of it. I went to every general session, looked
in at every booth at the House of Friendship, and
learned about projects that I hadn’t even known
you could do in Rotary. That convention didn’t
just open my eyes. It opened my mind. It inspired
me to completely change the way I saw Rotary,
what Rotary could do for me, and what I could do
through Rotary. That inspiration has stayed with
me ever since — and is renewed every year, at
every Rotary Convention.
In June 2019, Rotarians from all over the world will
converge in Hamburg to Capture the Moment at
the 110th Rotary International Convention. Many,
like me, will have been coming to conventions
for years; many others will be coming for the first
time. Whether they’re looking to connect with old
friends, to find inspiration for a new Rotary year, or
simply to see what Rotary is all about, each of them
will find their own moment in Hamburg.
If you’re a regular convention goer, you absolutely
won’t want to miss out on the friendship and
inspiration you’ll find in Hamburg. And if you’ve
never been to a convention, please consider this my
personal invitation. Register online by 15 December
for the best rate — and let this convention Be the
Inspiration for your Rotary journey.