Are You Branson Bound?

Mark Pearce Announcements, Training

Rotary District Conference is being held October 18 through 20 at the Radisson Hotel in Branson.

We’ve taken your traditional Rotary district conference and wrapped it with time for fun and family. Join us for some optional pre-conference events on Thursday, October 18. You can participate in a golf tournament at Payne Stewart golf course. A $75 entry fee includes lunch and all course fees. That evening you have the opportunity to attend the Dixie Stampede, one of Branson’s favorite family dinner shows. Then end the day with a reception at the conference hotel, designed to let you have a chance to mix informally with your fellow Rotarians.

Our early dismissal time on Saturday gives you a chance to enjoy the rest of your weekend with your family, exploring the many attractions Branson has to offer. The Branson Chamber has put together a website especially for Rotarians, offering special discounts to local attractions. And if you are wondering what your family members will do while you are soaking up Rotary content, you will be glad to know that we have arranged a shuttle to run throughout the day on Friday, taking conference guests to local shopping and the popular “Titanic” exhibit.

In order to allow that early Saturday wrap-up, be aware that there will be a full day of conference activities on Friday, October 19. The day begins with a general session at 8:00 (over breakfast), moves into a multitude of workshops, features our guests from Panama over lunch, continues with workshops in the afternoon, and culminates in an evening banquet.

If you’re looking for even more fun that evening, plan to participate in the “after hours” Texas Hold’em and Blackjack tournament that will begin just after Friday night’s banquet. Proceeds from entry fees will go to support our service project, and prizes will be awarded to winners.

We hope you will enjoy the variety our keynote addresses will offer. You will hear from our RI Representative John T. Capps as he shares his message from our headquarters. A representative from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (Pam Hunsaker) will talk to us about their literacy project. And we will meet Roy Rogers Jr. We’ll also hear from our visiting GSE team as well as youth exchange delegates.

There will be something for every Rotarian at the conference. Workshops will be organized around five tracks designed to address your interests related to membership, foundation, service opportunities, and international options, as well as a general Rotary track.

The 2012 District Conference will be held at the Branson Radisson Hotel. Located in the heart of Branson, the Radisson is within walking distance of theaters, shopping and golf. Make your room reservations now. You can reserve your room online or by calling (800) 967-9033. When calling, be sure to mention “Rotary District 6080” to get our special room rate, starting at $99 a night. Don’t delay—reservations must be made by September 25 to guarantee this low rate.
If you have a heart for service, be aware that you will opportunities for both local and international service projects. You can support our ongoing efforts to provide assist to Panama. And you can attend a workshop session that will include a hands-on project to support the Taney County Social Services.

So register now! The registration form is available online. Be aware that late fees apply after October 1, and we cannot accept late registrations for the Dixie Stampede outing. So don’t delay!

See you in Branson!