Please Don’t Even Say “District Conference”

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From right to left, the extraordinarily business-like, hard working, and good looking (well…not Rich) Frederick conference committee, including Tiffany Ahalt, Rich Glover, Kara Norman, Nancy Eller, Leah Jones, Caroline Pugh

At least you said “please.”  But, as the writer of RFA I get to exercise my prerogative to  say “District Conference” as often as I feel like writing it.  “District Conference.”  Ha!

Why, you might ask, when it seemed safe to avoid any and all references to District Conferences so early in the Rotary year, am I bringing up this subject?  Because I am spending a lot of time planning not one, but two, District Conferences for District 7620. Yup.  May 2015 and April 2016.  Which begs another question, why do it at all?  You might ask, as DGE, and then DG, don’t you have more important things to worry about?  Like Foundation giving, membership, PR, scholarships, peace fellows, exchange students, RYLA, RLI, etc.?  In a word…. Yes. (sigh)

Nevertheless, having complained endlessly about District Conference planning for an entire year, it is now evident that District Conferences are kind of like gravity, or other forces of nature…you just can’t avoid them.  Speaking of gravity, did you see the movie? Here is a clip that (I think) gives you a tremendous feeling for what it feels like to be on the District Leadership Team.

 

Unbelievable movie, wasn’t it?  George Clooney and Sandra Bullock.  But, as usual, I digress.  Since the Conference is going to happen with or without my enthusiastic participation, I’ve decided to get with the program.  And guess what?  It turns out that we have some pretty neat programs to look forward to.

I am not going to ruin the gigantic marketing campaign coming your way about this year’s District Conference being planned by PDG and Conference Chair, Andy Baum, under the direction of our esteemed DG, Bill Fine.  Andy and his dedicated conference committee are already deep into the details of this year’s conference.  They are working so hard that, on second thought, I think they deserve a well-earned plug.  Here’s just a few tidbits of what is coming your way:

The Conference is being held in Frederick.  If you haven’t heard, one out of two citizens in Frederick is a Rotarian.  You might not believe this, but you are not allowed to own residential property in Frederick without being a Rotarian.  OK…so I exaggerate, but the fact is that the Rotarians in Frederick, which means by default, the whole town of Frederick, is preparing to be the enthusiastic host of this conference.

You may not have been to Frederick, but those of you who have know that Frederick is “way cool.”  And the conference planners are making the city of Frederick the star of the show.  Think beautiful parks and band shells, a fabulous downtown shopping district, historic sites everywhere you look, fantastic restaurants, all of which will be part of the conference.

Musket Ridge Golf Course.  Nuff Said.

Weinberg Center for the Arts

A conference registration that is so inexpensive that it’s just sick.  SICK.

The Conference is scheduled for May 7 – 9 in 2015.  Do yourself a favor and mark it on your calendar now.  I’m SO tired of hearing Rotarians complain that they missed this year’s conference and they are depressed because they heard it was amazing.  It WAS amazing.  Look for more information about the conference as the year progresses.

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The Maestro, PDG, District Grants Chair, District Conference Chair, and willing to sit in tree stands for hours at a time eating jerky while patiently waiting to shoot a perfectly harmless deer, Andy Baum. Who also, in a stunning display of bad judgement, awarded me an award as Best Club President in his DG year of 2001-2002.

 

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