District 7980 Conference Starts in 24 Hours

Shirt FrontIn just 24 hours the SOLD OUT District Conference kicks off  at Ocean Beach in New London with a community service cleanup project of cleaning, painting and repairing that will be done by over fourty Interactors, Rotaractors, Youth Exchange Students and Rotarians Young at heart. DGN Gerry Tom has arranged for the service project while North Haven Rotarian Nick D’Ambrosia has arranged for commemorative t-shirts for the project volunteers.

Anthony Masi

Anthony Masi

Lex Sorrell

Lex Sorrell

The Paul Harris Luncheon, hosted by Madison Rotarian Jim Satterwhite, immediately follows the community service project at the Ocean Beach Port ‘n Starboard Restaurant. The Luncheon, which runs from 11:45 – 1:30, will feature inspirational talks by dynamic young role models Lex Sorrell and Anothony Masi. A crowd of over 100 young people and young-at-heart will will be treated to a special program dedicated to the good works of Rotary in the honor of Paul Harris.

Then the fun shifts up to the Mystic Marriott in Groton (Exit 88 I-95) for the rest of the weekend as we kick off the District Conference at 3pm on Friday in the Ballroom with the Club Banners and an engaging program by Youth Services/New Generations.

britishmaria.cdrBeatle’s (BritishMania) Excitement starts ramping up at 6pm on Friday with a Cocktail hour, dinner and then the big show.

Ed Davies

Ed Davies

Saturday morning starts with 2 very engaging Plenary Sessions hosted by DGND Chris Johnson and DGN Gerry Tom, then the crowd swells as the District Assembly Only attendees arrive for the the combined Conference / Assembly luncheon. Saturday’s luncheon will be the largest attended event of the weekend with about 375 expected attendees out of the 450 overall attendees. The District Assembly, run by DGE Mukund Nori, follows the lunch until about 5pm, then there is a brief lull in the action for less than an hour before the Cocktail Hour, The Kentucky Derby, The Silent Auction and the Gala Dinner, hosted by Ed Davies, begins at 5:30pm.

Screenshot 2014-05-01 09.40.07Sunday morning begins with an Interfaith Service followed by an informative Plenary by PDG Rick Benson and then we wrap up by noon with a closing Plenary session.

The weekend is turbo charged with fun and informative activities that are aimed at recognizing the good work of our 61 Rotary Clubs and their members.

The program book can be downloaded by <clicking here>

See you there this weekend!!

Rick

 

 

Get Ready for Extreme Fun at the District Conference starting Friday

Trish Pearson, Conference Chair

Trish Pearson, Conference Chair

Dear Conference Attendees,

I hope you are as excited as I am about the wonderful upcoming weekend we have planned for the 2014 District Conference.  We have a record number of Rotarians and partners registered for all or part of the Conference activities which is an automatic ingredient for a great time – the more Rotarians the better right?

The following are some tips on how you might want to prepare for the various festivities the Conference Committee has planned.  NOTE – should share this list with anyone who might be accompanying you as their participation is welcome in any or all of the events described below.

1. BYOB – Bring Your Own Banner!  If your club has a special banner, have someone bring it along and join in the fun as we compare designs, ideas and message.  While this is billed as a “contest” it is really about sharing club’s creative ideas.

2. Beach clean-up at Ocean Beach State Park – We will provide disposable gloves and trash bags.  There will also be a place to change for those going to the Paul Harris Lunch.  Note – there will be some painting involved, so dress accordingly.

0288 2 BritishmaniaPepperEdited3. Friday Night – First stop on the Magical Mystery Tour This is a Beatle’s themed evening, so dig out your bell bottom pants, go go boots, peace signs and nehru shirts. Also, wear your dancing shoes as we rock to the music of The British Invasion.  Do you remember the 60’s or is it a purple haze?

4. Saturday Night – Begins with a Kentucky Derby Party during the cocktail reception. This will include a Hat Contest and there will be an opportunity to “bet” on your favorite horse. Bring your own hat or borrow one from our props table.Yellow Tux

5. Saturday night gala is dressy so, find that little black dress or your tux or best suit and join in the BIG celebration of our Rotary year.

Singers6. CALLING ALL SINGERS!!!  There will be plenty of opportunity to sing throughout the weekend and we need enthusiastic voices to lead it.  Rehearsals are scheduled throughout the weekend and it’s amazing what this group will prepare in 48 hours.  Everyone is welcome – Rotarians and guests.  Information will be posted at the Registration Desk re; Rehearsal times and location.

Any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me.  I look forward to travelling with you this weekend on the Magical Mystery Tour as we celebrate the Rotarians of District 7980!

Download the Conference Program Book by <clicking here>

Trish Pearson
Conference Chair

Email: trishpearson281@gmail.com

Rotarians at Play (RaP) – This is how we roll in D7980

Do you think that the District Conference/Assembly at the Mystic Marriott (May 2nd – 4th) will be boring? Guess Again….Our cast of characters are pulling out all of the stops to make this combination District Conference / District Assembly the most memorable event in the history of our District. Besides the ‘Traditional Rotary’ programs this combination event will feature a steady stream of Engaging presentations, recognitions  and entertainment by ‘Real Life Rotarians’ as we Light up Rotary.

Rotarians at Play (RaP) – This is how we roll in D7980.

By combining the District Assembly with the District Conference and holding it right in our district, we are giving attendees the opportunity to attend a District Conference (or just part of it) at a very low cost.

This is the event that people will be talking about for years to come. If you missed out on Woodstock then this is your chance to attend something equally historic.

Click here for District Assembly Registration Form

Click here for the Full Conference Registration Form (which includes the District Assembly)

rotarychickenMore Early Bird: Even though we already have just about 170 people registered, our committee said to extend the ‘Early Bird’ discount to March 31st….so we shall. Take advantage of the lowest prices for the Conference / Assembly possible until then.

2014 District Assembly is coming May 3rd in Groton Connecticut

DGE Mukund Nori & DG Rick Bassett marry the District Conference and Assembly for the very first time

DGE Mukund Nori & DG Rick Bassett marry the District Conference and Assembly for the very first time

For the very first time D7980 has married the District Conference with the District Assembly; a feat rarely equalled since Chocolate and Peanut Butter found their way  together into Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

DGE Mukund Nori will host the District Assembly right in the center of the District Conference on Saturday May 3rd. The Assembly itself will be loaded with features such as: The Four-way Test Contest, the Foundation Grants Certification Seminar, Team Building, Project Presentations by our Clubs and an abundance of yellow rubber ducks. We believe that our partnership will bring in over 300 attendees for the District Assembly luncheon.

Click here for District Assembly Registration Form

Click here for the Full Conference Registration Form (which includes the District Assembly)

By combining the District Assembly with the District Conference and holding it right in our district, we are giving attendees the opportunity to attend a District Conference (or just part of it) at a very low cost.

This is the event that people will be talking about for years to come. If you missed out on Woodstock then this is your chance to attend something equally historic.

2014 District Conference/Assembly at Mystic Marriott in Groton

Arrrghhh...join us for the District Conference & Assembly in Mystic - May 2-4, 2014

Arrrghhh…join us for the District Conference & Assembly in Mystic – May 2-4, 2014

The Early Bird Rates are ending March 15th  – be sure to register before then to get the best rates possible.

After many years the Rotary D7980 District Conference has finally returned to Connecticut. We have selected  a great venue in the Mystic Marriott of Groton, CT and have a fun time planned.

The conference will be held from May 2nd – May 4th, 2014 (Fri – Sun). It will start with a ‘hands-on’ community service project on Friday and end by Sunday at noon. Long boring speeches will be banned.

Attendees of this conference have the option of registering for the full conference (Fri – Sun) with or without a hotel room for (early bird) rates as low as $299 per person without the hotel.

We also have a new twist in that we will hold the District Assembly at the same time and place as the District Conference. So attendees of the District Conference automatically are registered for the District Assembly for no additional charge.

Why register now?

  • We only have 50 hotel rooms (a limited number) for Friday and Saturday night. So if you want a hotel room then you must register before they are all sold out and they will sell out quickly.
  • We are offering an Early Bird (Rubber Duck) Special which is the best rate but it ends on 3/15/2014.

Register Now:

Here is a link to the Registration FormPlease mail this with your deposit to: Doug Lisk – 296 York Street – Stratford CT 06515

Here is a direct link to DaCdb where you can register for the conference on your District website.

Thank You,

Rick Bassett