Newly installed Downtown Rotary Club President Marty Anderson attended the 106th Rotary International Convention held in early June in Sao Paulo Brazil. Over 18,000 Rotarians from more than 150 countries were in attendance. Prominent guest speakers included Oscar R. Arias, former President of Costa Rica and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, and Microsoft CEO Bill Gates. Two Rotary trademarks, “Ending Polio Now” and “Stopping Hunger Now” were a large part of this year’s convention.
Attending the Rotary International Convention helped Marty gain a stronger perspective of the humanitarian mission of Rotary, not to mention the connection, fellowship and friendship among Rotarians, worldwide.
Rotary International President-elect Ravi Ravindran introduced a member benefits program during the closing session, saying that many more hands are needed to continue Rotary’s work around the world. A new program is being planned called “Rotary Global Rewards” which aims to boost membership and enhance member satisfaction. It will debut in July. Stay tuned for further details.
“This innovative new program will allow Rotary members to connect with hundreds of businesses and service providers from around the world — and that number is growing,” said Ravindran. “These establishments will offer Rotarians discounts and concessions on the everyday business that you do. And, in many cases, not only will the club member benefit, but our Rotary Foundation will benefit as well, by receiving a contribution with each transaction.”
This new program will include discounts on car rentals, hotels, dining, and entertainment. Discounts on more products and services from companies worldwide are expected to be added throughout the year.
“Rotary Global Rewards will be another way to benefit from being a Rotarian and being part of the Rotary network,” said Ravindran, whose presidential theme for 2015-16 is “Be a Gift to the World”.