Posted by Stacey Quinn on Jun 18, 2019
If you have an opportunity to go to a RI Convention GO! You will not forget it.
 
Having just attended my first RI Convention it was so different than I though it would be, the fun, the fellowship and all of the activities went beyond my expectations.It was held in Hamburg, Germany this year and the city went all out to make us  Rotarian's feel welcome.
If you have an opportunity to go to a RI Convention GO! You will not forget it.
 
 
Having just attended my first RI Convention it was so different than I though it would be, the fun, the fellowship and all of the activities
went beyond my expectations. It was held in Hamburg, Germany this year and the city went all out to make us  Rotarian's feel welcome.
 
It is a beautiful city with public transportation, green spaces and YES lots of bridges. The open top bus tour I went on said they had 2500 bridges at last count. That is more than Venice, Amsterdam and London combined. The railings are lined with locks symbolic of love, friendship or just plain old I WAS HERE! The cafes, shopping and local culture rolled out the red carpet for  the estimated  24,000 + Rotarian's that descended on their city for the week. The Messe was at the center of it all. Whatever Rotarian interest you had they were going to fill it. I followed the Rotary App and made plans to seek out some of the postings. Whether it was the Inspiration Lounge, House of Friendship or the agenda for the day. It was non stop Rotary. I personally was asked to get in several photos with Rotarian's I didn't even know!! What a surprise when they get back home and try to figure out WHO that lady is in the photo. :) There was such excitement and happiness that the Convention was finally here. You could tell first timers from those that come year after year. It was a great mix of people all walking the same walk but to their own beat. It was overwhelming, exhausting and exciting to be a part of something world wide.
 
I was there when they announced the RI president for next year, Holger Knaack from Germany and sat with other delegates as we voted for our club. Yes the Minnetonka club had a voice at the table internationally. It was my pleasure to serve.
 
I had the good fortune to attend a ballet put on for Rotarians in a beautiful hall, a gallery with paintings from a local artist, a chocolate tour YUM and a visit to the Elbe Philharmonic Hall down by the wharf. The wharf had its own excitement going on and the good weather brought everyone out! The Sedov is one of the largest sailing ships in the world and it was decked out with END POLIO sails. What a sight to see. You could not have been in Hamburg that week and not feel the difference Rotary was making. It was  pure joy. Whether you were walking on the streets, on the train, in your Hotel or at the airport. Rotary was there.
I thank the Minnetonka club for allowing me to represent. I will remember my "first" visit always.
 
Look out HONOLULU 2020 here we come!
 
 
Stacey Quinn