Thank you to everyone who made our district conference such a great success: our organising team, staff at the racecourse, the staff of CPS – our AV technical team, our speakers, our exhibitors, our entertainers and of course also our delegates.
We heard from external speakers and Rotarians, with stories of philanthropy, updates on the UK approach to combatting modern slavery, and tales of proving careers advisors wrong and succeeding in sport and tv presenting. We were reminded of some of our own amazing projects such as supporting schools in Sierra Leone and supporting the new Thames Hospice closer to home, and we also heard about the projects run by Interactors and Rotakids.
Many people chose not to join us because of corona virus, and we do of course respect that decision. Each person had to make their own decision on whether or not to attend. Our decision to continue with the event was based on the government advice at the time, issued in the Prime Minister’s press conference on the afternoon of Thursday 12th March, less than 24 hours before our team started setting up on site. This advice did not suggest that any events should be cancelled. *
We have added photos to this website (link below) and hopefully some short video clips from the weekend will follow over the next couple of weeks – to keep a record of a fantastic weekend celebrating Rotary in the Thames Valley and our focus on Making a Better World.
Conference Chairs - Tim Cowling & Karen Eveleigh, and District Governor Frank Quinn
* The UK Government advice on the afternoon of Thursday 12 March was i) for over 70s to avoid cruise holidays; ii) for schools to cancel overseas visits; iii) for those with cold or flu type symptoms to self-isolate for 7 days. There was specifically no recommendation at that time on social distancing.
We have a wide range of guest speakers each of whom has a particular and inspiring story to tell. We’ll also be featuring District 1090 Rotarians demonstrating "1090 in Action - Making a Better World".