I got home today after a week in Thailand for the Rotary International convention. According to organizers, 35,000 people were registered. I went to plenary sessions with speakers such as Hugh Evans, from the Global Poverty Project, and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Mohammed Yunus. Bruce Aylward from the World Health Organization celebrated Rotary's role in eradicating polio--one more country (India) polio free in the last year.
But the best parts for me were the interactions with people. At a dinner, I sat next to a champagne maker from Rheims. I talked with a Rotary Peace Scholar from Cyprus about the upcoming global peace forum in Honolulu. I shared dinner and drinks with Rotarians from Japan. I volunteered at the Rotarians Wine Appreciation Fellowship booth, and signed up a dozen new members, including two from Russia. Www.Rotary.org
has videos and the text of major speeches from the convention.
Next year's convention is in Lisbon, Portugal. My home town is tentatively scheduled to host the convention in 2020.