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Even though Rotary is supposed to be taking a break over the Christmas New Year period there has been a lot going on from planning Rotary’s walk as a sign of togetherness during Pride March on February 3rd in Fitzroy Street St Kilda to these few major involvements I have been in below.
Rotary Central Melbourne have been busy in India and I won’t put words in the mouths of the many Rotarians and friends that went along on this trip but going to Laos myself and opening a school with Rob Hines in November was very special on behalf of their Club.
Spending time in India myself this last 10 days of January with several Rotarians from Warrnambool, Malvern, Glen Eira and other friends supporting Rotary Nagpur South is a privilege. We will present this End Polio awareness jour-ney at Conference during February.
An element of preparation for all Rotary District Gover-nors Elect includes attending International Assembly in the January prior to commencing as District Governor.
The International Assembly has been held in San Diego for many years as it has a venue large enough to accommodate the 525 DGsE and partners as well as the facilitation team and RI members.
All are accommodated in the one hotel which is also the site for main sessions (seating well over 1200), meals and breakout sessions which requires dozens of rooms.
International Assembly is a week-long event and every day there are two general sessions and two breakout work-shops.
The general sessions involve Rotary leaders and guests who provide inspirational speeches and information on the progress of Rotary projects and future planning. All were a fantastic opportunity to learn more about our wonderful organisation.