Every year RotaractGBI hosts a conference to celebrate your club’s commitment to creating positive change whilst connecting, educating and entertaining Rotaractors.
The conference includes speakers from various charities and the leadership of RGBI and RIBI. The weekend will also include breakout workshops aimed at training Rotaractors in such things as fundraising, international projects, public speaking and time management. In the past there has even been a workshop on weather presenting!
This year the Conference is a joint one with Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland check out the information for it here.
Here is the programme for the 2016 Conference in Bournemouth on the 2nd April.
Conferences are not only about education, they are also great fun with entertainment in the evenings including an extravagant Gala Ball. Here is the link for what you can do over the weekend.
Annual Rotaract awards are presented including:
- Ron Boyce Trophy: This trophy is awarded to a single Rotaract Club for the best community service or charity fundraising project organised in the Rotary year.
- Arthur Bowden Trophy: This trophy is awarded to a Rotaract District or more than one Rotaract Club, for the best community service or charity fund-raising project organised in the Rotary year.
- Clothing Item: The aim of this competition is to share and exchange ideas on the promotion of Rotaract. Each competition is judged by the delegates at the conference, each has a vote.
- Innovation Award: Have you found a great way to recruit new members into your club? Then this award is for you! We want to hear about innovative ways you’ve been recruiting and publicising your club! This competition is judged by the RGBI Council.
- Best Magazine: The RGBI Magazine Award is given to the best district or club newsletter. This competition is judged by the RGBI Council.
- Website: The RGBI Internet Officer draws up a shortlist of sites, and Rotaractors in GB&I are encouraged to vote for their favourite site.
- Club of the Year: This trophy is awarded each year at the RGBI Conference by the RGBI Chairman.
- John Butcher District Attendance Trophy: This competition is judged using a formula, and no entry is necessary (but you do have to attend conference!)
- Club Attendance Trophy: This competition is judged using a formula, and no entry is necessary (but you do have to attend conference!)
- Dennis Stearn Fancy Dress Trophy: For this trophy, we will determine the best dressed delegate at the Venetian Gala Dinner.
Delegates always leave conference reinvigorated, motivated and enthused to continue their amazing work.
Hosting an RGBI Conference
Any district or group of districts may host a conference. You should prepare, as a minimum, the following information for your bid:
- Proposed dates and venues
- A description of accommodation and facilities
- A budget, incorporating registration cost and break-even attendance
- Draft programme and theme for conference
- Name of the Conference Co-ordinator and committee members
- A letter of support from the host Rotaract District Chairman
- A letter of support from the host Rotary District Governor(s)
(preferably the DG of the year the proposed conference is to be held)
You must be prepared to present the information to Rotaractors and Rotarians so they can vote on where they would like to go.