2021 District Conference

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2021 District Conference
April 18-24, 2021
Virtual

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Welcome to District Conference 2021! 

Get Your Glow On!
 
Welcome to the 2021 District Conference!  2020-2021 has been a year that has challenged all Rotary Clubs and all of us.  We have grown in remarkable ways – now it’s time to celebrate, as well as exchange ideas and plan for the future.  Our Rotary theme for this year has been “Rotary Opens Opportunities”.  The 2020-2021 year has opened the door for conversations around what we value, and how we can pivot into what is coming next in our communities and the world.  During our conference, we welcome and challenge you to continue these conversations during a week of engaging conversations with thought leaders from across the district, the state, the United States, and the world!
 
We have pulled together a rock-star line up of thought leaders in all things Rotary.  You’ll hear from Rotary International leaders such as Tom Thorfinnson, Brian King and Tom Gump who are on the cutting edge of the actions plans for our Rotary path in North America and beyond.  We will be blessed with presentations/discussions each night during the week from district leaders around Youth Programs, Foundation, Membership, Public Image, and a look at work being done around the country and globe by Rotarians in our seven key areas of focus.  We’ll be joined by the leaders of Rotary’s past (yes… Paul Harris himself!) to Rotary’s present (Rotary International President Holger Knaack) to a look forward at how our Rotary action plan will impact our futures, with presentations from Rotary International President-Elect Shekhar Mehta and Rotary International President Elect Nominee Jennifer Jones.  And we will close our plenary sessions on the following Saturday by thought leaders in the areas of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion on how to absorb this fast evolving topic into our clubs, our districts, and into ourselves.
 
Rotary Opens Opportunities each and every time you open yourself to the incredible opportunities all around us.  I hope that the time you dedicate to bettering yourself and your Rotary Club leaves you with a glow of pride in the work that you and your Club have done over the years, and with a glow of anticipation of the great things that are there for the taking, right on our horizon.

Bill Pritchard
District Governor 2020-2021



Holger Knaack, a member of the Rotary Club of Herzogtum Lauenburg-Mölln, Germany, has been selected to serve as president of Rotary International in 2020-21.  To build a stronger membership, Knaack says Rotary must focus on increasing the number of female members and transitioning Rotaractors into Rotarians.  Knaack believes that the People of Action campaign offers new public awareness possibilities for Rotary. “This campaign conveys our global image while still respecting differences in regions and cultures,” he says.

A Rotary member since 1992, Knaack has served Rotary as treasurer, director, moderator, member and chair of several committees, representative for the Council on Legislation, zone coordinator, training leader, and district governor.  He is an endowment/major gifts adviser and co-chair of the Host Organization Committee for the 2019 Rotary International Convention in Hamburg.

Knaack is the CEO of Knaack KG, a real estate company. He was previously a partner and general manager of Knaack Enterprises, a 125-year-old family business.  He is a founding member of the Civic Foundation of the City of Ratzeburg and served as president of the Golf-Club Gut Grambek. Knaack is also the founder and chair of the Karl Adam Foundation.  Knaack and his wife, Susanne, are Major Donors to The Rotary Foundation and members of the Bequest Society.


Regards,
Holger Knaack
2020-21 Rotary International President
 
 
 

Technology

 
We will be using a virtual software to run the District Conference called Hop In.  Your Hopin Login will be created for you based on the email address you provide during registration.  Look for more information on how to connect closer to the conference.   
 

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This year there is no registration fee!  

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