The Rotary International Convention is going to be in Honolulu, Hawaii! Is the idea of spending the week on a beautiful island still not tempting enough for you to attend your first Rotary International Convention? Here are 7 more reasons why you should consider attending the Rotaract Preconvention and the actual convention itself.

1. What’s New with Rotary:

Has your club fundraised for End Polio Now? Witness the fruits of your labor through the updates on how we’re tracking towards eradicating the disease! Heard about the changes with Rotaract? The convention is a great place to get the latest news and discuss it with Rotarians and Rotaractors from around the world.

2. Leadership and Personal Growth:

The plenary and breakout sessions feature opportunities for leadership and personal growth and cover a vast range of content. You’ll be surprised by how many you’ll have to choose from and you’ll find yourself wishing you could duplicate yourself to attend two of them at once!

3. Make New Friends:

Everywhere you go in Honolulu this week, you’ll see people wearing the same conference badge or clothing with the Rotary logo. You’ll have a sense of camaraderie with the people you meet all because you all know and love our Rotary wheel. It’s one of the easiest ways to make friends from all over the world!

4. Show Off Your National Pride:

Both the preconvention and convention have a country role call. Make sure you’re there to cheer when your country is called (and don’t forget your flag)!

5. Hear from Amazing Speakers:

RI Conventions have historically brought in speakers that would be hard to get for a normal event we’d put on. Past speakers include Bill Gates, Justin Trudeau, and Lark Doley. Don’t miss your opportunity to hear from them in person!

6. Experience Hawaii Like a Local:

The social events put on by the HOC teams and suggestions from local Rotarians and Rotaractors will provide you with opportunities to experience Hawaii outside of the normal tourist activities.

7. Share Ideas:

The convention isn’t just about listening to others, it’s also an opportunity to share your own experiences and ideas with others. Who knows, maybe something you’ve already done with your club will inspire another club in a different part of our world to create a similar program!