Korea is playing host to Rotary's largest event of the year, its annual convention. More than 42,000 Rotary members from over 100 countries will come together this month to celebrate service, exchange ideas, and relax among friends at unforgettable concerts and social events. The convention runs from 28 May to 1 June. Attendees from District 7040 include District Governor Claude LaLiberté and Ginette; District Governor-Elect Nabil Oudeh and Gayle; District Rotaract Representative Dârini Vedarattiname; Cynthia Surette of Napanee and Jean Bégin of West Ottawa. During the convention Dârini will be facilitating one of the sessions.
Attendees will hear from renowned experts in areas of peace, global health, and human rights.
Immediately before the convention, the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group will host its annual World Water Summit on 27 May, focusing on sustainable strategies for bringing water, sanitation, and hygiene to all communities around the world. The event will feature speeches from experts in the field, including Gary White of Water.org and Sanjay Wijesekera, Chief of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene for UNICEF.
Attendees, wearing the traditional garb of their home countries, will walk in solidarity for a more peaceful world in the 3K Walk for Peace on 28 May. The event will be complemented by the Rotary Way exhibit, featuring photographs of 111 years of Rotary service.
Speakers from 29 May to 1 June include:
  • Rosie Batty, family violence activist and 2015 Australian of the Year
  • Gary Haugen, CEO of International Justice Mission
  • Gary Knell, president and CEO of National Geographic Society
  • Willie John McBride, former rugby star
  • Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe