Rotary has been conducting conventions every year since 1910. This has been through World War I, the Spanish influenza and World War II. (Reference) Leading up to World War II, the international structure had to be modified due to hostilities. The 1937 convention in Nice, France was the last one held outside North America until after WWII. The 1940 convention which had been scheduled to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was moved to Havana, Cuba due to travel concerns. The recently announced cancellation of the RI convention, scheduled for June 2020 in Honolulu, Hawaii USA is the first time a convention has been cancelled.
At a Rotary International convention you may have a chance meeting at the House of Friendship that leads to a new project partner, or hear a speaker who inspires you to take action, and you’ll find plenty of excitement around you. You can explore new cultures and fresh perspectives by taking part in pre-convention meetings, unofficial affiliated events, and Rotary and host-ticketed activities.
You can interact with people whose ideas are transforming lives. You will discover insightful perspectives from world-renowned speakers, engage in stimulating breakout sessions, and explore innovative solutions to community problems at the House of Friendship.
Whether you’ve just joined Rotary or you’re an experienced member, the annual convention is an unparalleled opportunity to immerse yourself in diverse cultures and develop rich relationships. You can connect with influential peers from across the globe and deepen your friendships with members who share your desire for meaningful action.
The opportunities for learning are endless. You’ll hear about new approaches and strategies for successful projects, uncover ways to attract and engage members in your area, and bring home a renewed passion that will inspire your club members.