Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Vive Le Rotary conference

Taste of things to come at the Vive Le Rotary conference: Inspiration from the coalface

We hear a lot about Rotary’s achievements from Rotarians who have involved. But at the 2010 Vive Le Rotary district conference, you’ll get an inspiring, from-the-coalface account of just what Rotary can do from someone at the sharp end.

Gertrudes Lepon teaches at the Doljo Elementary School, in Bohol, on Panglao Island in the Philippines. She will bring a message of Rotary’s ability to change lives to Vive Le Rotary at Akaroa, April 16-18, next year. Through the Village Aide programme – in which several District 9970 members and clubs have been involved – Rotary has helped Gertudes’ school and village by:
• Delivering 6000 new schoolbooks.
• Providing 40 sewing machines, establishing a sewing co-op run by village women, and training 320 women in sewing. The aim is to provide these women with the mean to support their families.
• Built a vocational training centre, tutored local teachers, provided lessons schoolchildren and training for older youth. The training centre also provides a classroom for two classes previously taught in the open.
• Built a specially designed training kitchen.
• Provided equipment, such as computers and sewing machines, for use by the training centre and the school.
Be in to win
Make sure you don’t miss Gertrudes’ inspiring story. Fill in your registration form (see your club conference liaison person, or download from the district website,, select DISTRICT 9970, then 2010 CONFERENCE.
Registrations received before January go in the draw for special prizes.

Can-can the night away
After such a massive dose of inspiration, what better way to relax than at a traditional, French-style cabaret on the Saturday evening. Here’s your opportunity to take the Vive Le Rotary theme to the French extreme. Or any extreme your club members fancy.
We’ll have a sumptuous dinner, top-bill professional entertainment, plenty of fun, and you can set about can-canning the night away.
And remember: It’s never too soon to start thinking about themes, costumes etc. There’ll be prizes for the top club – based on originality, class, and whatever whims take the judges’ fancies.

Nuts and bolts
Vive Le Rotary District Conference: Friday, April 16 to Sunday, April 18, 2010
Venue: Akaroa Area School gymnasium and The Gaiety hall, Akaroa.
Registration: $210.00 per person (includes GST)

Registration - Marion Bishop: ph 03 3840008 (bus); email
Other – Dion Crooks: ph 021 324324; email

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