Andrew was amazed and filled with wonder.

Not being sleep-deprived as opposed to his handler, Andrew was impressed by his first convention, the 2013 June 23 – 26 RI Convention in Lisbon.  As RI President Sakuji Tanaka noted, volunteers come together to do good in the world; working together, these volunteers accomplish so much.

Portuguese sailors in 1542, blown onto Japan by strong winds began what turned out to be 500 years of a peaceful and prosperous relationship, the two nations never having been at war with each other.  Lisbon is A Harbour For Peace, peace being the theme of this 2013 convention. Under President Tanaka’s leadership, three Peace Forums were held in Berlin, Hiroshima and Honolulu. 

The opening plenary session which includes the impressive flag ceremony and an entertainment feature is followed by three more days of meetings.  Each day has plenary sessions in the morning followed by breakout sessions in the afternoon. Speakers at the plenaries include renowned speakers.  This year we heard Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate; 2013 Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award Recipient Dr. Harminder Singh Dua; and Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace. 

Rotary’s service and fellowship makes every convention a life-enriching experience.



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