My sponsoring district, which I’m representing next year in Morocco, is special to all Rotarians in that it’s known as the “birthplace of Rotary.” The first Rotary club was started in Chicago in 1905 by Paul Harris. Today the district covers 65 clubs in Chicago and surrounding west and south suburbs.
The District 6450 Conference, held this year April 29th to May 2nd in Lincolnshire, is an annual retreat for the Rotarians in the area. It’s a mix of district business (the Rotary is highly structured and every year there’s a rotation in officers), showcasing club projects and achievements, food and entertainment, and mingling with other Rotarians.
For a novice like me, the conference was also another window into Rotary business and culture. Since late last fall I’ve been to a few clubs around the area and experienced the different feel of those branches. The conference was like an enormous and well organized family reunion, with some familiar faces and lots of strangers I know I’m somehow related to through the network of Rotary.