District Celebration 2021


Governor Kirk wants everyone to have a great time in fellowship. We have simply missed each other for too long. Here are the details:

Thursday, August 12Friday, August 13Saturday, August 14Sunday, August 15

Hospitality Rooms open late afternoon

Enjoy activities on your own during the day. Hospitality Rooms open late afternoon

9:00-12:00 Game Time Huddles—Choose Your Topic
1:00-3:00 Mary’s Pop-in
5:30-6:30 Reception – Azalea Ballroom Foyer
6:30-8:00 Dinner – Azalea Ballroom
8:30 – 10:00 Party time on the Grand Lawn

No activities: hit the beach or head home


Your ticket includes the dinner, an open bar reception and open bar party (1st hour). Due to current COVID-19 hotel guidelines, tickets limited to 240 … FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE.


  • Deadline to reserve is July 13th.
  • Group Code is 247667
  • Online: Register at www.sandestin.com/247667
  • Phone: Group Reservations at 800.320.8115

*Please reserve your room directly with Sandestin as it helps us meet the minimum conditions of our contract with Sandestin.

Hospitality Suites

Elwyn Gaissert will be handling requests by clubs to reserve a hospitality room on the 3rd floor of the Grand Hotel (same place we are used to). Please reach out to Elwyn at 678-468-0811 or egaissert2@comcast.net.

Game Time Huddles

DGE Mary Ligon would love to have you join one or more “huddles” on Saturday morning to discuss game plans for creating and reimagining vibrant clubs. Special teams coordinators and coaches will be available to help on a variety of play options such as rehab, expansion, talent attraction, foundation, image, and service.

Clubs may contact Anthony Slaughter at 706-580-1571 or aslaughter@moonmeeks.com or Fran Milberg at 229-403-0814 or fmilberg@ftrealty.com for more information or to request specific topics.

DGE Mary will also offer a “Mary’s Pop-in” on Saturday afternoon for any individual discussions. You can let her know on Saturday morning of the event if you would like to meet.


Club and individual awardswill be given out during dinner, celebrating the best of our district.

  • Foundation Giving
  • Membership
  • Club of the Year
  • Sheffield Leadership
  • Rotarian of the Year

The Party!!

Following dinner, we have a DJ who will spin the tunes and get people dancing. Plan to join your fellow Rotarians on the Grand Lawn dance floor. Let’s have some fun getting back to pre-COVID times!!

Most important item to know:

There will only be 240 tickets to the dinner. This is the limitation with the current Sandestin recommendation related to ballroom capacity due to COVID. If the policy changes and we can add more people, we will let you know. Please reach out to event chair Dave Schmit by email if you have any questions …. daveschmit1@gmail.com.

See you at the beach!!!