District 7980 Conference & Assembly draws 455 Attendees over 3 days

Our District Conference / Assembly wrapped up this past Sunday at the Mystic Marriott in Groton. 455 attendees participated in our combined event from May 2nd – 4th  that included a community service project, a Paul Harris Luncheon, A Beatles Tribute Night, informative Plenary Sessions, A District Training Assembly, many well deserved awards and recognitions, a Kentucky Derby race with a hat contest, a House of Friendship, a 4-way test speech contest, great fellowship, fabulous food and drinks as well as an paralleled level of energy and excitement.


An event of this size and scale was a colossal undertaking which was pulled off by a pretty remarkable team that included: Jennifer Bassett, Totney Benson, Ann Brignola, Nick Casella, Nick D’Ambrosio, Chris Johnson, Jim Lang, Phoebe Leask, Doug Lisk, David Marchesseault, Mark Minotti, Mary Minotti, Dale Moore, Laureen Morley, Laima Nori, Mukund Nori, Glenn Pearson, Trish Pearson (Chair), Ellen Pollack, Julie Reppenhagen, Nancy Riella, Pat Rupwani, Jim Satterwhite, Pat Todd, Geraldine Tom, Debbie Volain, RoseMarie Bello (Conference Coordinator) … and the majority of the North Haven Rotarians!!

My sincere thanks and gratitude goes out to all of these hardworking volunteers plus the Rotary Clubs and Rotarians that not only attended the event but supported it by taking out sponsorships, donating raffle prizes, participating in the Plenary sessions and dancing up a storm during the BritishMania show.



A record number of attendees are coming to District Conference / Assembly

Rotary Happens HereBeginning this Friday  D7980 Conference/Assembly attendees will enjoy the company and fellowship of over 425 Rotarians, family members, and young adults from Interact, Rotaract and Youth Exchange in a truly engaging and unique Rotary experience.

This extraordinary experience is made possible by the exceptional partnership between the current district leaders and next year’s leaders, especially DGE Mukund Nori. This is the very first time that Rotary District 7980 has combined the Conference and the Assembly into a single event and from all indications the approach is being very well received.

We kick off our event on Friday morning at Ocean Beach in New London with a Community Service beach project and then move to the main venue at the Mystic Marriott in Groton for a program hosted by the young adults of Youth Service (New Generations). All will enjoy a fun-filled evening on Friday featuring entertainment provided by BritishMania, the internationally acclaimed Beatles tribute band.

Conference program COVER FINALSaturday is all about our D7980 Rotary Clubs with high-energy programs and informative sessions that are designed to inspire all attendees. Lunch on Saturday will be attended by both Conference and Assembly participants who will be treated to the 4-Way Test Speech Contest before heading into the District Assembly. Saturday is also the day that we recognize the many outstanding Rotarians and Rotary Clubs for the good works that they do in their communities and around the world.

The event concludes on Sunday at noon after some very informative programs on The Rotary Foundation, the State of the District and we after conduct an election for the representative of the next Council On Legislation.

I am especially pleased that we were able to bring the District Conference back to Connecticut for the first time in almost 25 years and give so many of our Rotarians the opportunity to attend.

Download the Conference Program Book

Our schedule is set and is contained within the Conference Program Book that can be downloaded at:

What’s Next? 

Later today all registered attendees will receive a Registration Confirmation reminding them of what they registered for and which hotel that they will be staying in.

On Tuesday or Wednesday registered attendees will receive an email from either Trish Pearson or Mukund Nori giving them a run down of what to expect during the event.