DISTRICT CONFERENCE & LEARNING 2022

May 13-14, 2022, we welcome you to join us at the 2022 District Conference & Learning. Victoria British Columbia is the destination for a great time to reconnect and reflect.

No need to hesitate – Register NOW! If things change, you can cancel and get a refund right up to May 1st. Also, make your hotel reservations – you only pay when you check out after your stay!

Video Credit: Destination Greater Victoria

PLEASE NOTE: Starting April 1, 2022, pre-entry tests will no longer be required for fully vaccinated travellers entering Canada by land, air or water! READ MORE HERE

IT’S ALMOST TIME!

Calling all District 5020 Rotarians!

Come to Victoria for the District Conference & Learning, May 13/14, 2022!

This will be the first time in two years that we’ve been able to get together. Come and exchange ideas, get energized, celebrate our accomplishments, renew fellowships, and make new friends.

The conference committee is already hard at work organizing a weekend full of information and excitement. So come:

  • hear about Rotary’s life-changing impact from a past Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar
  • listen to the amazing story of resilience from our keynote speaker, Skidrow CEO https://skidrowceo.com
  • participate in Inspiration Sessions, sharing and hearing about practices that work and successes we’ve achieved in key areas such as Membership, Public Image, The Rotary Foundation, and more
  • be inspired and energized, and get engaged in Inspiration House (formerly the House of Friendship)
  • participate in a hands-on project – we’re People of Action so let’s act!
  • walk for polio because we’re almost there!
  • feast, have fun, renew and make new friendships, dance, and celebrate at a western-theme BBQ on Saturday night

From everything we’re hearing, this is going to be a popular event so register early and book your hotel room quickly.
See you in May at our District Conference!

Lorna Curtis
District Governor

EVENT | HIGHLIGHTS

See what you can discover at the District Conference & LEARNING in 2022!

 

EVENT DETAILS!

ROTARIAN FULL REGISTRATION: $275 CAD

    • Access to all General and Inspirational Sessions
    • Access to all meals during event (with the exception of the PDG Dinner)
    • Transportation to the Saturday Night Dinner

ROTARACTOR AND OUTBOUND ROTARY YOUTH EXCHANGE: $90 CAD

    • Same as Full Registration for Rotarians

DINNER ONLY OPTION SATURDAY NIGHT DINNER: $90 CAD

    • (For partners of full registrants only. Includes transportation)

PAST DISTRICT GOVERNOR DINNER : $75 CAD PER PERSON

    • (You must be a Past District Governor or PDG partner to attend)

REFUND POLICY

    • Registration closes May 1st 2022
    • You must request a refund in writing or by email no later than May 1st 2022, no refunds will be offered for registrations canceled after May 1st 2022
    • If you paid by credit card, the credit card processing fee will be deducted from the amount refunded.

COVID REGULATIONS

THURSDAY - MAY 12TH

  • Explore Victoria
  • District Council Meeting | 10:00am
  • Past District Governor Dinner | Hotel Grand Pacific 6:00pm
  • District Council Dinner | 6:00pm (District Council Members and partners only)

FRIDAY - MAY 13TH

SATURDAY - MAY 14TH

EVENT | VIP DELEGATE

Steeped in rich history, architectural charm and natural beauty, Victoria delivers exceptional service and warm, authentic hospitality.

Voted #2 Top 5 Best Islands in North America in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Survey 2020, we hope you will be able to experience some of what Victoria has to offer during your visit. To help you get the best out of your stay, we’ve joined together with over 70 local businesses to create a VIP discount program for conference attendees throughout Greater Victoria.

Visit the program page (CLICK HERE) to see all the restaurants, activities and stores currently providing special deals. When in town, look for the VIP Program decal at participating businesses!  Your name badge will have a decal so you can participate in the VIP Program.

EVENT | ACCOMMODATIONS

Don’t forget your accommodation reservations!

 

 

DON'T FORGET YOUR HOTEL!

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HOTEL GRAND PACIFIC

463 Belleville Street

Victoria, BC

(Across the street from the Coho Ferry Terminal)

NIGHTLY RATE: $195 CAD (plus taxes)

Rate is available May 12th through May 15th

To get this amazing rate, call the hotel directly:

Toll Free 1-800-663-7550

Direct 250-386-0450

or you can email them at:
reserve@hotelgrandpacific.com

reserve@hotelgrandpacific.com

When you make your reservation, you must use:

Group Name: Rotary District 5022 Conference

Group Code: MAY22ROTARY

You can either give them your credit card number as security or you can pay in full when you arrive.

FAIRMONT EMPRESS

721 Government Street

Victoria, BC

(Attached to Victoria Conference Centre)

NIGHTLY RATE: $299 CAD (plus taxes)

Rate is available May 13th through May 15th

Individuals will make their own reservations:

Online: https://book.passkey.com/go/ROTA0522001

Global Reservations 1-800-441-1414

Reservations Department 250-384-8111

Individuals should identify themselves as being with the Rotary District 5020 Conference 2022.

GENERAL SESSIONS AND KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

REACH

REACH is a dynamic non-profit organization celebrating inclusion and diversity of ages, cultures and abilities through the power of music and the performing arts.

Their programs and shows are truly inclusive, empowering and inspiring. Each of us has something special to share with, and to learn from others regardless of background or ability. REACH enables this to happen in amazing ways!

JOE ROBERTS

AKA THE SKIDROW CEO

Joe Roberts aka The Skidrow CEO is an expert on resiliency and change. Having experienced both catastrophic failure and extraordinary success Joe teaches how to overcome the roadblocks that get in the way of high performance.

He helps companies and individuals redefine what’s truly possible by confronting limiting mindsets. Participants at Joes’ events leave inspired and moved to action.

What is most amazing about Joe is that in 1989 he was living on the streets of Vancouver as a homeless skid row addict. Through perseverance, determination and his resilient human spirit, Joe pulled himself out of the darkness and despair, to become a highly respected business and community leader.

Joe’s message is relatable, humorous, honest, raw and unforgettable. He tackles the stigma associated with mental health and addiction in a straight forward authentic way that comes from his personal life experiences.

Since 1989, Joe has acquired two college diplomas, became the CEO of one of Vancouver’s leading multimedia companies, walked across Canada and achieved more success than he could ever have imagined. Joe has been recognized by MacLean’s Magazine as one of “10 Canadians who make a difference,” won the BC Courage to Come Back Award, received The Ontario Premier’s Award for Business, was given an Honorary Doctorate from Laurentian University and was recognized by the Senate of Canada with their Canada 150 Medal. Recently Joe was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) from The Governor General of Canada.

Joe’s business solutions have made millions of dollars for his clients, across a variety of business sectors. It is from this experience that Joe draws when addressing Fortune 500 companies, professional associations and organizations internationally.

Joe is also the Executive Director and Co-Founder of The Push for Change Foundation, a charity advocating for youth homelessness prevention. Joe walked 9041KM across Canada from May 1, 2016 until September 29, 2017, pushing a shopping cart to raise money and awareness about youth homelessness.

JENNIFER FREEMAN

Jennifer Freeman joined PeaceGeeks as its new CEO in April 2020. A native of Canada, she has worked in conflict zones, refugee settlements, nonprofits, universities, and with peacebuilders from over 55 countries.

Relentlessly curious, Jen brings her experience in organizational leadership, research, and practice to lead PeaceGeeks as it leverages technology, digital media, and design thinking to support peacebuilders in Canada, Jordan, and around the world.

As Chief Geek, Jen heads the organization that began as a startup to now emerge as an industry leader. Her origins in peacebuilding began 18 years ago, learning from civil society leaders in Northern Ghana, then from community leaders in refugee camps in East Africa, youth in detention facilities, and during a decade working with Women PeaceMakers at the forefront of responding to violent conflict and extremism in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas.

Jen has been at the forefront of developing strategic initiatives and public-private partnerships that leverage technology to enhance the safety, security, and agency of peacebuilders around the world. Before joining PeaceGeeks, she was the Associate Director for the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego, where she oversaw their domestic and international peacebuilding programs; and was Professor of Practice at the Kroc School of Peace Studies. Prior to that, she developed and ran the institute’s Women, Peace, and Security programming, working with corporations and organizations such as Symantec, Inc., to support the digital protection needs of peacebuilders, and with Cigna Healthcare for executives to learn adaptive leadership strategies from peacebuilders from conflict-affected contexts. She is currently a remote visiting fellow at the London School of Economics’ Centre for Women, Peace and Security, and advisor to the Network of Religious and Traditional Peacemakers, as well as a member and partner of the Women’s Alliance for Security Leadership (WASL).

INSPIRATION SESSIONS

SESSION BANK 1

 

SESSION BANK 1

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UNLEASH YOUR CLUB’S POTENTIAL TO GROW

Panel discussion on successful ways to attract new members.  Panelists will share what worked well, what challenges were faced, and how to promote the benefits of being a Rotarian with others.

THE ROTARY FOUNDATION CELEBRATES PEOPLE OF ACTION USING DISTRICT COMMUNITY GRANTS

Hear from Rotarians who have done community projects that have helped change the future of thousands of people. They have given their time and financial donations to support those who work in their communities or establish relationships and service projects in other countries.

HYBRID MEETINGS – HOW TO BENEFIT & ENGAGE ALL MEMBERS

There are many ways to hold a meeting that will benefit & engage all concerned.  Is it working to have hybrid meetings?  Does your club respond well to it?  Let’s talk about what Clubs have learned from following a hybrid model. Perhaps your experience can help other Clubs!

SESSION BANK 2

 

SESSION BANK 2

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ROCK STAR SPEAKER PROGRAMS

Take away good ideas for finding great speakers to present programs that will make your members excited to attend meetings regularly and even prompt them to bring a guest or two.

GIVE YOUR COMMUNITY A BOOST

Clubs in our District have been successful in completing many top-notch community service projects that have made a difference. Has your club been one of them? Share what impact your service projects have had on growing your club or promoting the Rotary image in your community.

FUNDRAISING TRIUMPHS DURING UNCERTAIN TIMES

Rotary projects have undergone some challenging times over the past two years with our global pandemic affecting fundraising.  What has worked well in your community?  Bring your success stories about how your club has transformed from “normal” fundraisers to novel approaches.

SESSION BANK 3

 

SESSION BANK 3

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GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE MATTER ~ BUILDING OUR ROTARY STORIES

We all have life stories to tell that shape us into the people we are and that especially relate to the hearts for service that Rotarians have. Sharing those stories with fellow Rotarians builds strong bonds. Come and share your story!

THE ROTARY FOUNDATION’S SUCCESS WITH GLOBAL GRANTS

Clubs dedicated to international service have great stories of their journey to success.  Meet our District’s volunteers who are working on international projects to make the world a better place with the help of larger District Foundation Global Grant support.

WHY ARE OUR OUTBOUND EXCHANGE STUDENTS SO EXCITED ABOUT GOING ON AN EXCHANGE?

District 5020’s Youth Exchange Program has been on hold for the past two years, but now we have a fantastic group of outbound students ready to go again! Hear from the students, why they chose to go on this exchange and what they hope to gain from the experience.  Share their excitement!

SESSION BANK 4

 

SESSION BANK 4

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AVENUES TO ENGAGE ROTARIANS

Ideas will be shared on mentorship, membership retention and engagement of both new and seasoned Rotarians.  Hear successful ideas about how to keep your members engaged.

EXPAND OUR REACH WITH HUMANITARIAN RELIEF

District 5020 Rotarians have always proven the power of Rotary is strong with responses to disasters around the world. Our members’ amazing response to the conflict in Ukraine is no exception. You’ll hear from local Rotarians about what we’re doing to help ease some of the burden during this current humanitarian crisis.

LEADERSHIP IN ROTARY AT ALL LEVELS:

It really is FUN!  Rotary leadership is not only fun, but very rewarding too!  Hear from some District 5020 Rotarian leaders, both at the Club and the District level, who will share their own experiences and answer questions about why you might want to consider an active leadership role.

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