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A pictorial edition filled with highlights from the 2014 Sydney Rotary International Convention

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  • 1. www.rotary2014.com.au HOST ORGANISING COMMITTEE The Sydney 2014 Official newsletter of the Host Organising Committee, Rotary International Convention Sydney, Australia – June 1­4, 2014 www.rotary2014.com.au EEROBORROC INTERNATIONAL EDITION # 7 Enquiries/contributions to Public Relations Sub Committee Chairman Bob Aitken – bob@bobaitkenmedia.com.au THE SYDNEY 2014 CORROBOREE / P1 Highlights from the Sydney Convention In this pictorial edition of Corroboree we will be featuring all of the highlights from the Sydney Convention 2014. The Convention provided attendees with various different events and activities that kept them entertained for hours and have left them with memories to last a lifetime. From the world record breaking BridgeClimb that raised over $40, 000 for End Polio Now, to the spectacular House of Friendship containing it’s very own Billabong and Sydney Harbour Bridge ­ Take a look through the next few pages to re­live all of the fun and excitement that was had at the Convention here in Sydney. We hope you enjoy!
  • 2. Engage Rotary - Change Lives - Thank You The 105th Rotary International Convention may be over but the aura and excitement live on! To the 18,603 Convention registrants it was a model for what a Rotary convention should be. I have heard nothing but positive comments from all corners of the globe. Let’s not kid ourselves. We are all very well aware that an event of this magnitude requires a lot of dedicated people, committed to a common purpose, working tirelessly to attract, register, welcome, house, feed, educate, entertain, and hopefully satisfy a large and diverse audience. In a word – that is no easy task ­.but, you did it, and it did it with style, grace, and smiling faces. I salute each one of you. Jetta and I feel so blessed. First of all, just by sheer luck we drew Sydney as our venue. We don’t think there is a better place anywhere in the world. Second, we inherited the premier Host Organizing Committee of all Host Organizing Committees. It was in place long before I was selected to be President. Third, we have an incredible International Meetings staff at Rotary International. I’ve had the opportunity to work with them on several other occasions so I know of what I speak. They didn’t necessarily do a better job for me than they would do for anyone else – they just did their job! Fourth, we had an amazing Convention Chair who took his job seriously and meticulously provided leadership, oversight, and direction to every detail. Fifth, we had an amazing Convention Committee supporting me and the Chair. Sixth, we had a hard­working, dedicated group serving on the Promotion Committee. Seventh, we had legions of Australian volunteers manning virtually every post around the clock assisting our guests. Eighth, we had the full support of Business Events Sydney who coordinated our effort with the governmental entities, Olympic Park, and countless others. Ninth, we had tremendous support from the government of New South Wales and the Office of the Premier. Tenth, we also had great support from the city government. All in all, it was a perfect “storm.” Each one of you played a major role in making our Convention the very best. The end result is a testament that each one of you put your all into it . Each one of you did ENGAGE ROTARY and you did CHANGE LIVES. So, to everyone, Jetta and I say THANK YOU! l RON BURTON RI President 2013­2014 G’Day from Sydney! I was pleased and honored to be asked by Rotary International President Ron Burton to serve as the Chair of the 2014 Sydney Convention Committee. It has been an exhilarating experience to plan and organize this international meeting for more than 18,600 Rotarians and their guests. The Sydney Convention was a tremendous success because of the support of many people— both Rotarians and non­Rotarians. Under the leadership of Chair Barry Thompson and the Host Organizing Committee (HOC), the Australian Rotarians were outstanding in every respect. The HOC organized an outstanding Billabong House of Friendship that was the hub of activity throughout the Convention. They also produced exciting events such as the Record­Breaking Bridge Climb, the Great Aussie BBQ, and the concert at the Sydney Opera House. And the Australian Rotarian volunteers were everywhere offering friendship, advice, and directions! Thanks also go to Rotarians from around the world who served in many important capacities before and during the Convention. The RI Convention Committee members provided creative ideas and valuable insights during the planning process. Sergeants­at­ arms from every continent on the globe under the leadership of Chief Sergeant Jim Ives helped every event run smoothly. And hundreds of Rotarians presented in breakout sessions, staffed booths in the Billabong House of Friendship, and coordinated volunteer projects. All of this could not have been accomplished without the dedicated support of the RI staff. L.J. Williams and the Meetings and Events staff, joined by staff members from almost every area of the Secretariat, planned and implemented the plenary stage production, organized breakout sessions, oversaw transportation, and insured that all facilities were available and properly prepared. From specifying the number of chairs in each room to securing permission to light the Olympic flame on the opening day, our skilled and professional staff did it all. No local government authority has done as much to support a Rotary Convention as the New South Wales Government did for the Sydney Convention. New South Wales provided dedicated rail service to Sydney Olympic Park, free transport throughout the region for eight days, all of the venues at Sydney Olympic Park, and support for many other aspects of the Convention. Business Events Sydney also coordinated many details with the local community. Finally, the Convention would have been nothing without the attendance of 18,600 Rotarians and guests from 153 countries! The attendees provided the fellowship and international flavor which are the hallmarks of any Rotary Convention. Thank you for joining us in Sydney to Engage Rotary, Change Lives. l MARK DANIEL MALONEY Chair, 2014 Sydney Convention Committee P2 / THE SYDNEY 2014 CORROBOREE www.rotary2014.com.auwww.rotary2014.com.au HOST ORGANISING COMMITTEE
  • 3. A message from Premier Baird Thank you to everyone who attended the Rotary International Convention in Sydney. Whether you travelled from across the globe or from around the corner I hope you enjoyed your time in our fantastic Harbour City. The Convention brought more than 18,000 Rotarians from over 150 countries to our great city during this four day event. I hope all Rotarians had the chance to visit some of Sydney’s spectacular sights, such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour, Manly Beach, the Sydney Opera House and the fantastic annual festival of music, light and ideas: Vivid Sydney. In addition to enjoying the best Sydney has to offer, I hope Rotarians also had the chance to take in some of the breathtaking landscapes in Regional NSW such as the ruggedly beautiful Blue Mountains and the Hunter Valley vineyards and enjoyed our friendly Australian culture and breathtaking landscapes. I also applaud Rotary for tackling pressing humanitarian issues during the conference, such as the eradication of polio which featured in a Vivid light installation on the façade of 88 George Street in the Sydney CBD. The NSW Government has recently made moves to strengthen vaccination requirements for young children and it is heartening that Vivid Sydney was able to play a part in keeping this important issue in the public eye. Once again thank you for bringing the Rotary International Convention to Sydney and I hope we see you back again soon. l THE HONOURABLE MIKE BAIRD MP Premier of New South Wales www.rotary2014.com.au THE SYDNEY 2014 CORROBOREE / P3 www.rotary2014.com.au HOST ORGANISING COMMITTEE
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  • 19. www.rotary2014.com.au THE SYDNEY 2014 CORROBOREE / P19 Business Event Sydney extends its sincere thanks to the many Rotarians, some 18,500, from across the globe who gathered in Sydney last month for their annual convention. By all reports, it was a resounding success! We have been very humbled by some of the feedback we received from Rotarians who took part in our survey in the Billabong House of Friendship. This is what you had to say: Sydney is clearly one of the world's great cities. This was our first trip to Sydney (and to Australia), and we can hardly wait to get back. Sydney has opened its arms to Rotarians from all corners of the world and made our stay all the more rewarding. The sights are wonderful but it is the people who make Sydney such a wonderful experience. Rotary International achieved a number of ‘firsts’ for a business event in our city: first event to receive a city­wide welcome, with banners lining the streets from Sydney Airport to Sydney Olympic Park and across Darling Harbour, and the first event to have its own light projection included in our Vivid Sydney Festival. We have heard nothing but positive remarks about the impact Rotary has had on our city. Your projects, both local and international, including your Labyrinth for Literacy project ­ donating books to our local Indigenous children, ongoing plight to rid the world of Polio and many more worldwide, are genuinely contributing to a better world for us all. We hope that we have left a lasting impression on you, just as much as you have on us, and that you will tell your family, friends and colleagues all about the many ways that Sydney shines. Don’t leave it too long before you come and see us again! We’d love to hear from you. Please send us your stories about your Sydney Conventon highlights and what you have experienced, including ideas, knowledge and insights for improving your work at your local Rotary club at rotary@besydney.com.au A message to the Rotarians who visited us in Sydney www.rotary2014.com.au HOST ORGANISING COMMITTEE