All year, DG Court has been strong in his opinion that if you "Have Fun They Will Come!" That's exactly what we're planning for the 2019 District Conference so plan to come to Sandestin, Florida from April 25-28 for the 2019 District 6900 Conference. Even Smokey and the Bandit will be there!
Conference registration and conference room reservation sites are now active
and linked to the District website. All you have to do is go to
and click on the Smokey and the Bandit REGISTER button and you are off
to the races.The "
MORE INFO" button leads to the 2019 Conference home page with information about the speakers,
events, and the opportunity to Register and Get your Hotel room.
The site is easy to use and has been
thoroughly tested. Please pay attention to the room registrations as we are
requesting that everyone reserve rooms within the block we have reserved at
SanDestin. All of the rooms are within the hotel complex and most of the events
are either in the Conference Center or on the Grand Lawn. With a hotel room in our block, you get some AWESOME amenities - such as two complimentary four-hour bicycle rentals each day
of your stay, one hour free kayak rentals, one hour of boogie boards, one
hour of free tennis time per unit, and free access to the fitness center, the tram
rides around the resort, and preferred parking at the beach.
Don’t forget, there are early registration raffle prizes and
these are outlined on the website. There are also significant “Green
MONEY/CASH that will be won by lucky Rotarians attending
the general sessions.
WHY ATTEND? ASK YOUR FELLOW ROTARIANS …
President Elect Kim Walden, RC of Thomasville: District conference has been one of my favorite Rotary
events because I always experience a life changing moment. It may come
from one of the amazing speakers they always have or from having time to truly
fellowship with so many Rotarians. Or it may happen during the service project,
but there always is that awe inspiring moment where you feel our Service Above
Self and are so glad to be part of it. And, that all happens at a
beautiful venue with so much to explore which always makes for a great trip. I
encourage you to attend - and promise you - you really will be so glad you
did! See you there!!!
Past President Missy Kendrick of the Polk County RC: "Last
year was my first year attending ... and I can’t believe
all that I have been missing over the years! The Rotary District
Conference is an opportunity to celebrate the successes of our local club and
district. It is hard to describe how welcomed you feel from the beginning
to the end. It is truly a gathering of leaders passionate about how they
are serving in their communities! The events are fun and I came away more
excited than ever about being a part of this great organization. he
District Conference is just what the doctor ordered to reenergize the club near
the end of the year!”
A PREVIEW OF THE FUN WE HAVE PLANNED
- Thursday night … Our “ROTARY GRAND PRIX” - including individuals and clubs competing in Big Wheels races on the Grand Lawn and food that the original Smokey and the Bandit enjoyed during their movie travels. Adult beverages will be served and the
specialty drinks of the evening will be included in your registration fee. You can learn more and sign up when you register for the conference!
- Hospitality Suites and the Pit Crew Lounge … The Hospitality suites of the clubs will be open for all to
enjoy throughout the conference.The PIT CREW LOUNGE (House of Friendship) will
be open for you to view and learn about all the great projects that the other
clubs are doing in the world of Rotary. There are no costs to you and NO
judging of these displays. There will also be an opportunity to use the
new Virtual Reality review of polio. This is being done at no
additional cost to the attendees and is a must see for everyone.
- Friday morning fishing, golf and tennis
… or an opportunity to walk on the beach or enjoy many of the other activities SanDestin offers.
- Friday evening's traditional costume parade - and the DG reception and dinner. with the evening session being started with our
traditional costume parade. We'll follow immediately with our first session - “Rotary Salutes
America” - where you can be proud of what you see and hear from the presentation
of the flags to the final salute to some very special veterans. It's Rotary saying
thank you to our veterans, our special Rotarians and Guests and to all of the
Rotarians of District 6900. It will be a big event and one you will not want to
- Saturday morning features a continental
breakfast and our second general session - this time dedicated to our
Rotarian projects and special Rotary interests
. Our speaker will be Bjay Pak.,
U.S. Attorney who will be giving a very special presentation on the Opioid
Crisis here in Georgia and across the country. Bjay and his team have been responsible for major drug busts both locally and nationally.
- Saturday afternoon - think lunch at the beach coupled with a great air show by the US Acrobatic team … performed over the ocean. We are also
providing transportation to the beach if you want to use it.
- Saturday night will celebrate your new leadership team - with both the DGE and DGN participating in the
ceremonies … and we'll make some presentations (awards). We'll also have a great keynote speaker! However, rest assured that this session will end early, to allow
you to enjoy the fun and fellowship with your Rotarian friends - and maybe make some new friends too!
- Sunday closes our celebration with a
non-denominational service, a full breakfast, and our recognition of Rotarians
that have passed. We will celebrate your hard work with e Best clubs and runner up awards and have you on the road home between 10:30 a.m. and
We will continue to provide you with more details as we
finalize the schedules. But I promise you, the motto of
“HAVE FUN AND THEY
has been our goal. The team has worked hard and we believe this
will be a district conference you will remember!!!!