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By PDG Bob Aitken AM
Sydney2014 Host Organising
Committee – Public Relations
I wonder how many Rotarians and families really appreciate
the tremendous impact the 2014 Rotary International
Convention will have on Sydney and, indeed, NSW and
Rotary’s 105th Convention will be staged at Sydney
Olympic Park from June 1-4, 2014, but visiting Rotarians and
families are expected to arrive on our shores from mid-May
and stay on for varying periods after the event.
Organisers confidently predict 18,000 to 20,000 people
will gather “Down Under” in what could grow to be the
largest indoor Convention held in the Emerald City or indeed
anywhere in Australia.
For nine years, RI Past Director Barry Thompson, with support
from another RI Past Director John Carrick as mentor, has led a
dedicated group of senior leaders from Sydney-based Districts
in the organisation of Rotary’s major annual event.
The Rotary “invasion” represents a financial bonanza for
hotels, restaurants, tourist attractions and travel agents.
Official estimates place the value to NSW at $60.5 million!
Australia has a proud history of achievement in hosting
Rotary International Conventions. Melbourne was
outstanding in 1993 with 22,083 attendees; Brisbane did well
to attract 14,147 in 2003 in the face of major world health
challenges; and way back in 1971, at Australia’s first staging,
Sydney attracted 17,220 Rotarians and families to Rotary’s
Next year’s Convention provides an opportunity for
the best Rotary membership promotion in many years. A
comprehensive advertising and public relations program is
planned with many significant events.
Rotary clubs in many country centres – and city suburbs –
are already planning exciting projects and entertainment.
Be part of the fun. Go to www.rotar y2014.com.au for the
latest information. Rotarians are urged to register before
December 15 to ensure the two Sydney-based host Districts
earn major commission payments from Rotary International.
ROTARY BRINGS THE
WORLD TO SYDNEY
for charity screenings
Murray Fahey of Conventry Films advises Rotary clubs
that Gnomebrook – the movie will be available for
charity screenings early in 2014.
This is a fun movie based on the now famous
Australian Gnome Convention staged at Glenbrook,
NSW, each year in association with Australia Day
celebrations organised by the Rotary Club of Lower
It provides a hilarious adaption of gnomes arriving
for the Convention and the work of Rotarians
responsible for the organisation of this very
innovative project. The movie is a tribute to the
work of Rotary clubs everywhere. It provides a great
opportunity to raise money and have a good laugh.
Rotary clubs interested in conducting their own
charity premiere should contact Murray Fahey at
Coventry Films on 0412 466 279, fax 02 8209 4891 or
Quilts to showcase
Experienced quilters throughout Australia are invited
to create an original pictorial wall hanging panel
depicting something Australian or the Australian
landscape for a special display in the Billabong
House of Friendship at the Sydney Convention
Some suggestions for the panel could be a
portrayal of some aspect of the area where you live,
or a single theme such as flora or fauna. Depicting
an Australian poem or song is another option. The
subject can be either serious or amusing.
Any technique or embellishment may be used
providing it is stitched. Panels (finished size 15”x 50”)
must be made of two layers of fabric sandwiched
with thin batting and finished with a black
Panels will be showcased in the Billabong House
of Friendship to welcome overseas visitors and add
to the Australiana atmosphere.
To obtain details and an entry form please
contact Vere Gray on 02 4471 3468 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for
completion is April 30, 2014.
Dilmah Tea is the proud sponsor of the 2014 RI Convention. RDU editor
Mark Wallace and Sydney2014 Host Organising Committee – Public Relations,
Bob Aitken, caught up with Dilmah founder Merrill J. Fernando, centre, and sons
Dilhan C. Fernando, left, and Malik J. Fernando in Sydney recently.
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