Conference 2017    

27-29 October 2017
Newcastle Civic Centre

Programme, Speakers and Entertainment

The conference supports Africa and Youth, and this will be reflected throughout the weekend.

During the Foundation Frugal Lunch there will be an auction of a magnificent painting of the Three Forth Bridges with Purple Crocuses on the Shoreline, with mounted prints also available.

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Conference programme

Friday, 27th October
Golf tournament at Ponteland Golf Club (lunch time tee-off)
Registration at Civic Centre, Newcastle (2pm – 8pm)
Dinner arrangements to be made by Rotarians or Clubs
Evening entertainment at Civic Centre (8.30pm) (casual dress) - Impressionist Danny Posthill, Music by Anna Reay and her accompanist

Saturday, 28th October - Africa
09:00 - Conference Session 1
DG Lindsay opens Conference
Lord Mayor: Welcome to Newcastle
Julie Ramsay: Greetings from Inner Wheel
RI President's Representative Mari Ziden (D2330, Sweden)
Sir John Dermot Turing: Turing Trust
District 1020 Africa projects
10:35 - Coffee & Rotary Showcase
11:15 - Conference Session 2
PDG Gordon McInally: RI Convention Toronto
Dr Ajaz Khan: CARE International and lendwithcare
Ann Gloag: Charitable exploits and Freedom from Fistula Foundation
District 1020 Africa projects
RI Trustee Mike Webb: The Rotary Foundation
13:15 - The Rotary Foundation lunch
Speakers: Ann Gloag and Mike Webb
Auction: “Crocuses by the bridges”

19:00 - DG Drinks reception (Civic Centre)
19:30 - DG Ball: Dinner and Dance

Sunday, 29th October - Youth
09:00 Conference session 3
Kate Keter: Thought for the day
GSE Team Ohio
DG Lindsay Craig: Address
Panel discussion: Amanda Watkin, Gordon McInally, Mike Webb, Mari Ziden, Immy Kahembwe
District 1020 Youth projects
Global scholars
10:45 Coffee break and Rotary Showcase
11:25 Conference session 4

Agnes Ritchie: District Conference 2018
Jean Best and Peter Moir: Peace advocacy Project & Duke of Edinburgh Awards
RI District 1020 Youth initiatives
Rev. Ewan Aitken: Edinburgh Cyrenians
PDG Allan Maclaughlan: Young Musician of the Year National Final 2018
Geoff Mackey: Rotarian and motivational speaker
Gordon McInally: RI Convention Toronto
Conference baton handover
DG Lindsay Craig: Closing remarks
13:00 Conference closes


We have some superb speakers to entertain and inform you, including:-

Ann Gloag OBE – Founder of the Freedom From Fistula Foundation
Saving mothers and children, fighting disease


Mike Webb – Trustee of The Rotary Foundation
Rotary's Six Areas of Focus - Owning and Supporting OUR Rotary Foundation


Geoff Mackey– Rotarian and Motivational Speaker
Those of you who have heard Geoff before will be heading for the registration form already

Dr Ajaz Ahmed Khan – Microfinance adviser for CARE International
Growing local economies


Sir John Dermot Turing - Nephew of Alan Turing (wartime codebreaker and founder of computer science)
Dermot is a trustee of Bletchley Park, where the Enigma cipher was cracked, and of the Turing Trust, a charity whose objective is to improve opportunities for young people in Africa through the re-use of IT equipment. Dermot will speak about the aims, achievements and challenges of the Turing Trust.

Rev. Ewan Aitken – CEO of the Edinburgh Cyrenians
Supporting education


PDG Andy Ireland – GSE Team to Ohio
Promoting peace, supporting education


Jean Best and Peter Moir - Rotary Peace Advocacy, Peace Fellows and Duke of Edinburgh Awards

Amanda Watkin (General Secretary, RIBI) and Gordon McInally (Past D1020 DG and Past RIBI President) - Panel Discussion on RI, RIBI and TRF

Presentations from Global Scholars and Rotaract

Presentations of up to four club projects with a focus on Africa. If you are interested in presenting your project, please contact the conference convener, Hendrik Nahler


Friday evening (Civic Centre), included in delegate fee
Delegates make their own meal arrangements then gather in the Civic Centre. Bistro-style seating in a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy fellowships and a drink. Entertainment will be provided by award-winning comedian Danny Posthill (Britain Got Talent semi-finalist) and by local singer Anna Reay. Those who wish can take to the dance floor.

Saturday evening (Civic Centre), DG Ball
The evening will start with a drinks reception for all delegates, guests and speakers. Music is provided by the North East Soireee String Quartet. We continue with a 3-course meal followed by tea&coffee in the Banqueting Hall with some light background music. The musicians from North East Soiree will continue to entertain us until late with many opportunities to dance from ballroom and latin over Ceilidh to disco. A coach shuttle service runs from 10pm until the end between the Civic Centre and the hotels.


Music will be provided by:-

Knight Muse (Swing, Jazz & Party band)

Ceilidh Knights

North East Soiree String Quartet


Three Forth Bridges with Purple Crocuses on the Shoreline

We have commissionded and will be auctioning this magnificent painting of the Three Forth Bridges with Purple Crocuses on the Shoreline. Mounted A3 prints of the painting are also available priced £35 each. The original is approx A2 size, and all proceeds from the auction and sale of prints will go to End Polio Now.

Clubs may also wish to buy prints and auction them for End Polio Now

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