RGBI conferences are back! Organised by members of District 1130, the conference in London last weekend was fantastic! Well done to everyone involved in organising the conference.

For many Rotaractors this conference was the first Rotaract conference they had ever attended; hopefully it won’t be the last! It was great to have so many Rotaractors from across the world at the conference, with people attending from France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, The Netherlands, Italy, USA, India, and Ghana. A number of Rotarians, some who had been Rotaractors, also attended, which helped strengthen the relationship between Rotaractors and Rotarians. Thanks to everyone who came and made it an incredibly special weekend.

The conference started on Friday with dinner, drinks, games, and dancing…

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Delicious homemade cupcakes!

On Saturday morning delegates were inspired by our wonderful speakers: Justice Williams MBE, Joel Hodgson and Stephen Robertson, John Loughton, and Wai Hnin.

After lunch everyone split into teams for a scavenger hunt around London – luckily it wasn’t raining!

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The masquerade ball on Saturday night, held in a beautiful hotel in Russell Square, gave everyone the opportunity to get dressed up and have fun. A raffle during the ball raised over £700 for Shelterbox.

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On Sunday there were speakers from Rotary and Rotaract, followed by an awards ceremony.

The conference ended on Sunday with a service project where everyone got to be creative!

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Birthday cards for the North London Hospice designed by Rotaractors

Feedback from the conference has been very positive. The conference has helped Rotaractors meet one another, share ideas, and build supportive networks.

If your District is interested in hosting the conference next year please start thinking about it now as the more time you have to prepare the better! The closing dates for bids is 21st January 2014 and a decision will be made at the RGBI Council meeting on the 27th January in Edinburgh where it is hoped each bidding district will present their bid in person or as a video.

Page 22 of the Rotaract Handbook gives some guidance as to the initial steps required, which include the approval of your District Governor. If you have any questions please get in touch via email: publicity@rotaract.org.uk

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