The 2018 Rotary District 5170 Conference this year included a presentation of one of the highest awards to our very own Sunrise Rotarian,  Jon Winston.   At the Saturday night banquet,  Jon was presented  with the Richard D. King Award for his dedication and service.   Twelve Sunrise members were in attendance at the banquet where Jon was presented with this much deserved award.   When asked what their favorite part of the conference was, our members overwhelmingly responded that  it was was watching Jon to receive this award from Past Rotary International President Rick King himself.  Incoming Sunrise  President, Camilla Boolootian said,  "The District Conference was a great event. There  were phenomenal speakers and amazing workshops, but by far the best part was watching  Jon receive the Richard D. King Award.   It was pretty special and  we are extremely proud of him."
The 2018 District 5170 Conference was held June 1-3 at San Jose State University and  provided a variety of  meaningful experiences for the attendees.  There were workshops, special speakers, and some amazing entertainers.   One of the fan favorites was the  Dream Achievers Band,  which is a music ensemble made up of talented young musicians with Autism.  They performed at the luncheon on Saturday and were absolutely incredible.   Krazy George, the founder of the Wave,  shared some stories of his sports days.   "Understanding Peace,"  an engaging and interactive session presented by Paul K. Chappell, and "Rotary's Future is Now with Virtual Reality" presented by Jim Marggraff which explored VR as a novel and exciting low cost platform to engage, inspire, and promote the causes of Rotary around the world. 

Some other workshop titles included "How Clubs Attract Young Professionals" and "How Rotary Can Help the Foster Care Challenge."    There was essentially something for everyone at the District 5170 Conference, which  promoted the themes of "Inspiration, Leadership, and Fellowship."  The event culminated on Sunday with a Rotary Community Day,  The service project options included  shelter renovations, garden beautification, and packing meals for the Share the Love project.    Mark your calendars now for the 2019 Conference.    It is May 17-19, 2019 and will be aboard the USS Hornet Museum in Alameda.