Last week Bob Garagiola and I attended the 110th Rotary International convention in Hamburg, Germany. Just as Club 11 delegates at the first International Convention in 1910, Bob acted as our official delegate voting to select the RI President for 2020 -21. But RI convention are much more than business meetings. Rotary conventions are intended to inform and inspire Rotarians from around the world. And this year 35,000 Rotarians arrived in Hamburg to be inspired, to renew old acquaintances, and to make new Rotary friends.
The breath of Rotarian service from around the world is just mind boggling. At a session on Monday morning we heard RI General Secretary John Hewko inform attendees that over the last year Rotarians had performed 45 million hours of volunteer service and donated $850,000,000 toward local community projects. This is above and beyond the nearly $200 million donated to the Rotary Foundation. The countless booths we visited in the House of Friendship,staffed by Rotary Clubs showcasing their projects, was further evidence of the great work Rotary Clubs are doing around the world.
We were encourage to hear several great speaker on a variety of topics, but I was impressed by both Interact and Rotaract speakers extolling the how these programs have changed their lives and those of thousands of others. Hearing these stories makes me proud to part of this great organization.