Posted by Paddy Rooney on Feb 13, 2020
The District Conference for 2020
Each year every District in Rotary throughout the world holds a District Conference as required by Rotary International. But that sounds terribly cut and dried and honestly, not very exciting. So, following a trend over the past few years, District 7390 is trying to shake things up a little and present a program that is fun and exciting, educational and inspirational and, above all, both celebrates what we have done over the past Rotary year while at the same time looking forward to the challenges that still face us.
To that end the District Conference Committee, under its chair Rebecca Hanlon, has sought to put together a conference that should prove to meet our goal of engaging members further into the life of Rotary.
Our Theme With “A Legacy that Connects to the Future.” Taking some of the amazing history that is in York and connect it to the future of our Rotary efforts.
When and Where? We will meet on Friday evening at the York County History Center for a “Governor’s Reception.” The History Center is filled with a host of artifacts and displays that tell the story of York and its county. There will be heavy hours d‘oeuvres and refreshments with the ability to wander around the galleries and exhibits in the Center. But we will also have a special guest - General George Washington - who will tell us about his visit to York when the Continental Congress was there and that famous toast given by Lafayette.
  • After the Reception some may wish to go downtown (literally about 5 blocks) to join in the festivities for First Friday and Give Local York both of which celebrate the renewal and revitalization of York over the past few years.
  • Main Conference May 2 at Heritage Hills just off the Mt. Rose exit of Rt. 83.
  • Begin with Breakfast and the Fife and Drum Corp from Central York Middle School. Hear our dynamic speakers including Valarie Wafer, our incoming Zone representative on the International Board of Directors.
  • Join the panel discussion on the Alternative Meeting times concept for clubs and hear how they are growing.
  • After lunch, our amazing 4 Way Speech and Essay contests which always leave us inspired by the vision the students share with us.
  • Join us again for a second panel on issues facing our communities and therefore our clubs including Teen Suicide, Opioid Addiction, Gender Fluidity and Diversity and Inclusion.
  • The evening will feature a social time and a reception for Major Donors, followed by dinner with award presentations and club recognitions including our  Rotary Youth Exchange students presenting a cultural evening with foods and goodies from their native lands - which will help support their end of year activities.
  • And to top the evening off you will not want to miss the performance from the Temple Guard, mostly Grade School kids under the auspices of the YWCA. They are phenomenal!
So come and join us for this exciting District Conference. May 1 and 2 in York Pa. Information about tickets, including early bird discounts and reduced fees for Rotarians under 40 can all be found here.
Look forward to seeing you there.
Paddy Rooney - District Governor.