2009 Rotary International Convention, Birmingham, England

One PDG's Pictorial View & Review of R. I.'s 100th Convention, by Marlene Brown

Day 1 of the Rotary International Institute - Birmingham, England


6-18-09 Opening Reception - R. I. Past President Frank Devlyn, Mexico

6-18-09 Opening Reception - R. I. Past President Wilf Wilkinson, Canada

6-18-09 R. I. Director Michael Colasuro, Sr. & wife Ann, New Jersey, USA

6-18-09 R. I. Past Director & Past R. I. VP Mike McGovern, Maine, USA

6-18-09 R. I. Director Catherine Noyer-Riveau, France

6-18-09 Past R. I. Director Bill Cadawalder & Jean, NYS, USA

6-18-09 the lovely Gloria Rita Devlyn, Mexico

6-18-09 R. I. Director Lars-Olof Fredriksson & Nina, Finland

6-18-09 incoming R. I. Director Tom Thorfinnson, Minnesota, USA

6-18-09 Rotarians Earl Lewis & Ann Lee Hussey

6-19-09 The Rotary International Institute Opens

6-19-09 PolioPlus Update: Dr. Bruce Aylward, Director, WHO Global Polio Erad.

Supported by U. S. President Barack Obama

and by Bill Gates & The Gates Foundation

6-19-09 R. I. Past President Glenn Estess, Rotary Foundation Trustees

6-19-09 Mark Daniel Maloney, Member Future Vision Committee

6-19-09 R. I. President 2010-11 Ray Klingsmith, Missouri, USA

6-19-09 John Germ, R. I. Trustee, Left, with R. I. President 2009-10 John Kenny, Scotland

6-19-09 R. I. Past Trustee Chair & 2010 Convention Chair, Dr. Bob Scott, Canada

6-19-09 Past R. I. President, Cliff Dochertman, California, USA

6-19-09 Birmingham, England - Rotary Int'l Institute dinner included R.I. V.P. Monty Audenart, Canada (4th from Left); PDG Marlene Brown, eClub NY1 President Earl Lewis; Liz Audenart; Ann Colasurdo; R. I. Director/Treasurer Mike Colasurdo

6-19-09 R. I. Director Eric Adamson, Virginia, USA

6-19-09 Past R. I. Director, Sonny Brown, Texas USA

6-19-09 R. I. Trustee Peter Bundgaard, Denmark

6-19-09 R. I. Director José A. Sepúlveda, México

6-19-09 R. I. Director Thomas A. Branum, Sr., Minnesota, USA

6-20-09 Birmingham, England - Rotary Int'l Institute dinner included PDG Marlene Brown (3rd from left, foreground); Patrick Coleman & wife, Zambia; R. I. Director Tom Branum Sr.; Linda Branum; R. I. Immediate Past President Wilf Wilkinson (Canada); Joan Wilkinson; R. I. Trustee John Germ; Mrs. Germ; Rotary eClub NY1 President Earl Lewis (foreground)

6-19-09 R. I. Past President Cliff Dochtermann delights all with his speech on "Rotary Ribbons"

Day 2 of the Rotary International Institute - Birmingham, England

During the keynote address at the Rotary World Peace Symposium, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu said Rotary has earned the world's respect. "When they started out saying they wanted to eradicate polio, a lot of people said you ought to have your head read," he said. "Now there are only four countries where polio is endemic. This is fantastic. It is going to happen, and it is fantastic."


6-20-09 The Final Day of the Rotary International Institute

6-20-09 Incoming R. I. President John Kenny, Scotland

6-20-09 Past R. I. Director & V. P. Mike McGovern, Maine, USA

6-20-09 On break, chatting with PDG Kathy Roth & John, Australia

6-20-09 R. I. Vice President Monty Audenart, Canada

6-20-09 R. I. President D. K. Lee, Korea w/his Aide, John Stinson, Texas USA

6-19-09 At the Rotary Int'l World Peace Symposium - Archbishop Emeritus Desmund Tutu & 2002-04 peace fellow Arnoldas Pranckevicius from Lithuania who is now an administrator with the European Parliament

Fun Time at The House of Friendship & In the Executive Lounge - Birmingham, England

Day three: The Northland Breakfast and Opening Plenary Session at The NEC: At a special appearance at the opening plenary session, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called Rotary the heart and soul of the worldwide polio eradication effort and pledged the UN's continued cooperation and support. Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation gave Ban the Polio Eradication Champion Award, which he dedicated to three polio workers who were killed by a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan in 2008.


6-20-09 Earl Lewis, NY, USA, at The House of Friendship Exhibits

6-20-09 R. I. Past President Bichaii Ratukul, Thailand (left) and Ceilia Curz De Giay, Argentina (above)

6-20-09 R. I. Trustee Carolyn Jones, Alaska (in green), around Exec. Lounge table w/L to R, PDG Marlene Brown, Karen Zielger, NYS, Robert Walton, PA. & Ken Chow Yuk Shing, Hong Kong

6-20-09 R. I. Past President Luis Vincent Giay, Argentina, center, Raja Daswani, Hong Kong, and DGE Ada Cheng, Hong Kong, join the table

6-20-09 Meeting new Rotarian friends from Germany

6-20-09 Northland Breakfast with classmate Liz Cullen & husband

6-24-09 PDG Marlene w/Ensun Yun, Korea

6-21-09 The 100th Rotary International Convention begins, Birmingham, England

6-21-09 Former R. I. President's gather for the opening ceremony

6-21-09 R. I. General Secretary Ed Futa, Hawaii, USA, opens the event

6-21-09 Entertainment by The Korean Dance Troupe

6-21-09 Entertainment by The Little Angels

6-21-09 The fabulous International Parade of Flags culminates with the Rotary flag

6-21-09 United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, Republic of Korea

Exchanging Banners in The House of Friendship. Throughout the convention, Rotarians enjoyed fellowship and learned more about club service projects and Global Networking Groups at the House of Friendship.

At the next day's Plenary, Clarissa Brocklehurst, UNICEF's chief of water, sanitation, and hygiene, spoke about the urgent need for collaborative efforts to ensure access to clean water and improved sanitation around the world. The Major Donors Dinner brought together those Rotarians who donate to The Rotary Foundation.


6-21-09 Earl Lewis, Rotary eClub NY1, USA, exchanging banners

6-21-09 Earl Lewis, Rotary eClub NY1, USA, exchanging banners

6-21-09 Earl Lewis, Rotary eClub NY1, USA, exchanging banners

6-21-09 PDG Marlene Brown w/Rotary DG Rupert Ross & wfie, D-7020, Virgin Islands


6-21-09 Rotary Foundation Chair & Past R. I. President, Jonathan Majiyagbe, Nigeria


6-21-09 Past R. I. President MAT Caparas, of the Philippines (President 1986-87)

6-22-09 The Kenny Academy of Irish Dance performs

6-22-09 Rotary Int'l President D.K. Lee & Young once again address the crowd

6-22-09 Past R. I. President's & Directors mingling, enjoying, sharing

6-22-09 Past R. I. President's & Directors mingling, enjoying, sharing


6-22-09 Clarissa Brocklehurst, Chief of UNICEF's Water, Sanitation & Hygiene


6-22-09 Tom Henderson, Rotarian, Founder/CEO Shelter Box

6-22-09 Incoming R. I. President John Kenny & wife with Young Lee

6-22-09 Incoming R. I. Board Treasurer Mike Colasurdo & Ann with Incoming Director Eric Adamson & wife

6-22-09 R. I. President 2010-11 Ray Klingsmith, Missouri, USA & wife

6-22-09 incoming R. I. Director Tom Thorfinnson, Minnesota, USA & wife

6-23-09 The Rotary crowd snakes from the Plenaries to the House of Friendship

6-23-09 District 7150 Rotarians meet up: Rotary eClub President Earl Lewis, PDG Marlene Brown, and DGE Paul Scott, Oswego NY

6-23-09 At the Major Donors Dinner, w/Dr. Tam Mustapha, NY & India

6-23-09 At Major Donors Dinner, w/Raja Daswani (designer of 2010 Rotary Gov's jackets); Knut Johnsen, Chair of RLI-NEA, NY; & Ana Johnsen, eClub NY1 member

6-23-09 Incoming R. I. President John Kenny, Scotland, and Past R. I. President Glenn Estess, welcome attendees at the Major Donors Dinner

6-23-09 Rotary Zone colleagues share a table and a laugh at the Major Donors Dinner

6-23-09 At the Major Donors Dinner, classmate Bob with Director Colasurdo in the background with RLI Founder David Linnett

6-23-09 One of the latest Peace Fellowship Scholars drops by our table

6-23-09 At the Major Donors Dinner, RLI VP Dr. Tam Mustapha, Past RI DIrector & RLI Founder, David Linnett, with Rotary eClub NY1 PDG Marlene & Earl

6-23-09 Zone & RLI colleagues, Knut Johnsen (left) and Frank Wargo (right) with Past R. I. Director Bill Cadawallader, NY

6-23-09 At the Major Donors Dinner, a cool ambience & great band

6-23-09 At the Major Donors Dinner, Rotary eClub NY1 President Earl Lewis

The Plenary Sessions Continue at The NEC, highlighted with speech by Mia Farrow, UNICEF Ambassador, on Polio & Darfur. At a special appearance at the opening plenary session, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called Rotary the heart and soul of the worldwide polio eradication effort and pledged the UN's continued cooperation and support. Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation gave Ban the Polio Eradication Champion Award, which he dedicated to three polio workers who were killed by a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan in 2008.

and Acceptance of Office by Ray Klingsmith, and Invitation to Montreal by 2009-2010 Rotary Int'l President John Kenny & Dr. Bob, who encouraged the more than 16,000 Rotarians from over 150 countries at the convention to join in the last push to eradicate polio. "Until the day the earth is declared polio free, this work must be our first priority and our main focus," Kenny said during the closing plenary session. "It is up to us to finish the job."


6-24-09 R. I. President D. K. Lee getting ready for the Plenary session

6-24-09 Past R. I. President's geared to the screen presentation

6-24-09 R. I. Trustee Chair Jonathan Majiyagbe, shares the donations by countries

6-24-09 Bill Gates, the Gates Foundation, w/R. I. Incoming President John Germ

6-24-09 R. I. Secretary General Ed Futa chats with Marlene

6-24-09 The crowd gets ready for the next Plenary session

6-24-09 R. I. Trustee John Germ chats with Marlene

6-24-09 Mia Farrow crosses the stage

6-24-09 Mia Farrow was an engaging & inspiring speaker

6-24-09 Mia's topic: Polio Eradication & Awareness of Darfur

6-24-09 R. I. President-Nominee Ray Klingsmith getting breakfast

6-24-09 Past R. I. President, Glenn Kincross, Australia

6-24-09 We're back at the Convention Centr, with RI Officers eagerly involved

6-24-09 Ray Klingsmith, AL, USA, accepts the nomination for R. I. President 2010

6-24-09 R. I. Past President's join President DK Lee as Plenary continues

6-24-09 Jane Goodall, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, shares what her years living with Gorillas in Africe taught her about taking care of all creatures on earth

6-24-09 We were entertained by the Treorchy Male Choir

6-24-09 Rotarian Deepa Willingham shared her Pace School for Girls

6-24-09 Dr. Bob Scott, Past RI Trustee Chair, and Chair of the Montreal Convention 2010 with his Committee

6-24-09 - 2009-2010 R. I. President John Kenny & wife, also invite Rotarians to Montreal

6-24-09 The crowd winds back from the NEC center to the hotels

6-24-09 And the Rotary Bell gets rung for the closing Plenary session

The Closing Plenary Session was full of inspirational speeches and an awesome musical review. During the fourth plenary session, primatologist and humanitarian Dr. Jane Goodall stressed the goals that her organization shares with Rotary and called for increased collaboration. "We need to join together, to work as a team," she said.

RI President-elect John Kenny, the first Scotsman to head the international humanitarian service organization in its 104-year history, a member of the Rotary Club of Grangemouth, has emphasized the important role that individual Rotarians and Rotary clubs play in the future of the organization, a message captured in the 2009-10 RI theme, The Future of Rotary Is in Your Hands. After four days of celebrating Rotary's spirit of international fellowship and service, Rotarians from all over the world bid adieu to the 100th RI Convention in Birmingham, England, on 24 June.


6-24-09 Catching up w/Past R. I. Director Barry Rassin, The Bahamas

6-24-09 President-elect Kenny enters the hall

6-24-09 R. I. President D. K. Lee begins his closing presentation

6-24-09 Rotarians continue the job of eradicating polio

6-24-09 Tony de St. Dalmas, Aide to President-elect John Kenny, doing the introduction

6-24-09 John & June Kenny take the stage

6-24-09 President-elect John Kenny, the 1st R. I. President from Scotland

6-24-09 Our goal: Good-bye Polio, Thanks Rotary

6-24-09 R. I. President D. K. Lee turns over the President's badge to RIPE Kenny

6-24-09 A Celebration of the British Musical begins

6-24-09 The stars of the show were magnificent

6-24-09 As were the dancers and singers

6-24-09 A truly spectacular show

6-24-09 With acrobatic dancers adding an exciting flare

6-24-09 And a couple of British matrons joined the dancers!

6-24-09 The music and staging were spell-binding

6-24-09 Korean Star, Yitae Won, enthralled the crowd

6-24-09 And now it's on to Montreal for the 2010 Conference in June, 2010



6-27-09 Attending a Rotary meeting onboard the QM2 with guest speaker R. I. Past President from Mexico, friend Frank Devlyn!

He held a Rotary meeting each morning, which always had from 30 to 60 Rotarians in attendance, AND he had printed out, on Queen Mary 2 stationary, a makeup certificate for all who attended! Quite an amazing Rotarian.

 

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