Posted by Cheryl Pisterman
The last time an RI Convention was in Melbourne was in 1993 and those who were part of it, remember the occasion. This is an opportunity for local Rotarians to experience a Rotary Convention for ourselves right here in our own backyard and share our great city with other Rotarians from all around the world. So why should you attend?  An International Convention brings home the true internationality of Rotary, you meet some great people, there are opportunities to talk about projects and despite the different races, gender, etc. just how similar we are.

David and I were two of the 60+ District 9800 Rotarians who travelled to Chicago for the 100 years of Rotary in 2005. It was fabulous. Another more recent memory is the thrill of hearing hundreds of us in Toronto singing I am Australian (amongst thousands of other Rotarians) as Ian Riseley (past RI President from Melbourne) walked onto the stage.
So to join the many District 9800 Rotarians who have already registered, go to: If you wish to know more about the convention. The Convention Committee will be providing regular updates to encourage local Rotarians to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime event.