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The 2017 Rotary International Convention

The 2017 Rotary International (RI) Convention in Atlanta adjourned yesterday.

It was quite amazing to see and be around fellow Rotarians from around the world who share similar ideals about doing good to improve our world. All of the cultural, ethnic, and linguistic differences bonding together around the same cause and mission is beautiful.

Fellowship, friendship, and celebration abounded right here in Atlanta. Peace, service, and goodwill were common themes in most of my conversations. That, too, is beautiful. Our world is not as hate-filled as the news magnifies it to be. In fact, I wish more cameras would have captured the harmony and unity emanating at the Convention.

International issues, such as eradicating polio and ending sex trafficking, were central matters discussed. Progress of how Rotary is combating these issues around were shared.

I will not go into the millions of dollars invested and lives changed due to Rotary International's efforts around the world.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Bill Gates, John Cena, Ashton Kutcher, US Senator Bob Corker, Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey, and Jack Nicklaus were some of the speakers that addressed the crowd.

What I enjoy about Rotary is that it embodies the ideals of building a better world by empowering Rotarians, through their respective clubs, to make change in their respective communities.

These efforts combined make a potent economic, social, and humanitarian impact felt around the world. That's what it's all about: Service Above Self.

Check out these links to learn more Rotary and the still-fresh Rotary International Convention.




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