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					                                                                   March 2009
                                                                                                    Edited by

                                                                                                 David Hopkins OBE

                        DON’T MISS OUT - REGISTER NOW!

                          14,000 have already registered for the Convention!
                          More than 14,000 Rotarians from 134 countries have registered for the convention to
                          date, and tickets for the host events are selling fast. Don’t miss out, register now and
                          book your hotel and host events and celebrate in Birmingham at Rotary’s 100th
                          Convention with Rotarians from all over the world. Registration forms available to
                          download on

Important Information
The members of the Host Organisation Executive Committee (HOEC) have been very aware of the concern of
members of RIBI with regard to the cost of registration for the 2009 RI Convention in Birmingham, which has not
been helped by the rapid fall in the pound’s value against the dollar. In the early discussions we were
Instrumental in convincing RI that the fee needed to be nearly a hundred dollars less than their original
estimates suggested it should be and since then, we have made two submissions to the RI Board of Directors in
an attempt to persuade them to make special provision for Rotarians in RIBI, since this is the host country. The
Board declined to do so. However, we have received an astonishing offer to encourage Rotarians in RIBI to
attend the 100th Convention. An entity, I am not at liberty to say more than that, has purchased 2,500 x £35
tickets for the opening concert on Saturday 20th June, featuring Katherine Jenkins and the City of Birmingham
Symphony Orchestra and given them to the HOEC with the following instruction as to how they should be used.

Any Rotarian or guest registering for the Convention between now and the 31st March at the current rate of
$330 (around £235) will be given two tickets to the opening concert entirely free of charge. At a recent
Katherine Jenkins concert, the same seats were selling for £47.50 so the offer really does provide exceptional
value for money. Obviously, only 1,250 people can take advantage of the offer so it is very much “first come -
first served”. To do so take the following steps:

       1.     Download the RI Registration form from the RI website -
       2.     Complete it manually.
       3.     Send it to the Convention Registration, c/o Robert Lee, Wright Hassall,
              Olympus Ave., Leamington Spa, Warks CV34 6BF (Robert will record names
              for ticket registration and then send the application on to RI in Evanston)
       4.     Collect tickets from the HOC ticket collection counter at the NEC.
The offer has been made because of the very low number of registrations from with RIBI (about 2,000) which by
any standards, is poor for a host country.
                              Special Offer for Volunteers
                      The RI Board did approve a departure from normal by accepting our submission that folk
                      who volunteer to help, but who did not wish to register for the Convention, should be able
                      to register for unlimited entry to the House of Friendship only, for a payment of £25.
                      Since the House of Friendship will be the “Beating Heart” of the Convention and a fun
                      place to enjoy almost non-stop entertainment, a Victorian Pub, over 500 exhibition stands,
                      food outlets, a Carousel and much, much more, that too is remarkable value for money.
                      To go for the £25 offer, download the simple registration form from the HOC website
             or obtain one from the District Convention Coordinator
                      or Club Secretary and follow the instructions.

                      It has been suggested to me that some, whose partners were not too interested in the
                      Plenary sessions, might actually register themselves as a full attendee, their partner as a
                      volunteer, get two free tickets for a world class concert and all for around £260. I can’t
                      believe anybody would even think of such a thing!

                      As of today nearly 14,050 people have registered from 134 countries and it’s going to be
                      a fantastic event.


Brian Fuller - Chairman 2009 Host Organisation Committee.

                   Another important reminder - Katherine Jenkins
                       We have received a great many enquiries from Rotarians who have not yet made up their
                       minds whether or not to attend the Convention, but who nonetheless would like to attend
                       the Concert of Concerts on Saturday, June 20th 2009 featuring Katherine Jenkins with
                       the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. We have therefore decided to allow
                       Rotarians in that position to purchase tickets. This can only be done by sending a short
                       note stating how many tickets are required at £35 or £25 to Brian Fuller, Chairman
                       2009 HOC, Newlands, Aqueduct Lane, Alvechurch, Birmingham. B48 7BP with a
                       cheque for the full value of the tickets ordered. Cheques should be made payable to
Birmingham Convention 2009 Ltd, enclosing a stamped addressed envelope for the return of the tickets which
will be mailed out approximately four weeks before the event. At present around fifty per cent of the tickets have
been sold and any unsold tickets will go on sale to the general public from 1st April.

     Home hospitality: Rugby, Arts and Heritage or Organic Gardening
                          Rotarians and Rotary Clubs throughout the Midlands are planning
                          events for the Home Hospitality Evening. What has your club got
                          planned? A typical event is being organised by the Rotary Club
                          of Rugby Dunsmore and Rugby Borough Council. They are
                          looking forward to welcoming 300 Rotarians to the Borough of
                          Rugby on the 22nd June. The evening will start with a Rugby
                          Experience tour or an Arts and Heritage Tour to Rugby’s Art
                          Gallery and Museum, or the Organic Gardening tour of
                          Ryton. The tours will be followed by a meal and an
                          evening of entertainment including a celebrity rugby
                          player guest speaker. For more information on Rugby
                                Calling all Educationalists
             The Rotary Club of Birmingham is getting together with Matthew Boulton College to commemorate
             the 200th anniversary of the death of Matthew Boulton, one of the leading engineers of the
             Industrial Revolution. A dinner will be held as part of Host Hospitality at the College for up to 100
             guests from anywhere in the world, involved in education. Any registrant interested should contact
             PDG Tom Cryer on +44 (0)1905 772667 e-mail:

                        Visit Dream Catcher at the convention
Convention delegates are invited to visit the narrow boat Dream Catcher,
sponsored by the Rotary Club of Leamington Spa, which will be moored in Gas
Street Basin opposite the Mail Box during the Convention from 16th June to 25th
June inclusive. The boat, which is painted with the Rotary logo, will be in a
prominent position and Rotarians are invited to drop in to see how Rotary District
1060 and Rotary Clubs use the canals for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and
Rotary Young Carers. Rotary Clubs may sponsor young carers to spend a few                    Dream Catcher

days aboard Dream Catcher as a respite holiday from caring. For more information

A canal board will also be in the House of Friendship, kindly donated by Earle
Wightman, a Past President of the Rotary Club of Birmingham, and tour boat
operator Earle looks forward to welcoming Rotarians to Birmingham and an
opportunity to explore the canals of Birmingham. “Birmingham has more canals
than Venice” said Earle proudly.                                                              Earle Wightman

                           Warwick Castle launches Dungeons
                   Rotarians participating in the Mediaeval Extravaganza at Warwick
                   Castle on Sunday 21st June will experience a new attraction, with the
                   arrival of the internationally acclaimed ‘Dungeons’ brand. The new
                   arrival represents an investment of some £800,000 in the castle by
                   owners, Merlin Entertainments Group and follows the £200,000 spent
                   on historical restoration work over the last 18 months. Stunning,
                   authentically themed with live actors and top of the range special
                   effects, it will transport visitors into the darkest chapters of the castle’s
                   history, from terrors in the torture chamber to the foul pestilence of the
                   plague. The multi-sensory experience is the latest addition to the
                   dastardly Dungeons family that began when the London Dungeon
                   opened its doors over 34 years ago.

                   The launch of the Warwick Dungeon marks the first time that the popular and gruesome
                   attraction has opened outside of a city centre setting, with sister Dungeons including the
                   infamous London, York, Edinburgh, Hamburg and Amsterdam Dungeons. In true Dungeon
                   style, gore seeking guests will be greeted by decaying bodies, chanting monks, mediaeval
                   instruments, leeches and a torture chamber.

                   General Manager of Warwick Castle, Sue Kemp, said “The Dungeons are internationally
                   renowned for their ability to scare, entertain and educate all at the same time. For us, the
                   Dungeon is the best possible fit for the castle. It is about bringing history to life in a vivid,
                   captivating and engaging way. Warwick Castle has witnessed some of the darkest, bloodiest
and most frightening times in history and people are going to be able to experience that for themselves with this
new attraction, as well as learning more about castle life in mediaeval Britain in general.”
         A Fine Tradition! Birmingham Silverware on Queen Mary 2
                         A group of Rotarians from North America will travel in style to the Convention on
                         Queen Mary 2, the most famous ocean liner in the world. Diners in the first class
                         lounge of the famous Cunard Liner expect the very best and thanks to a firm based
                         in Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter, they can enjoy using the finest tableware
                         available. BDG Manufacturing Ltd are long established specialists in silverware
                         which includes their famous ‘Gainsborough’ range, a high quality brand for over 50
                         years. Following approaches from Cunard, they are providing fine dining silverware
                         for the first class lounges for the Queen Mary 2 and other Cunard Liners - such fine
                         silverware ensures an incomparable experience! Items from their superb range,
                         exclusive to Cunard, can be purchased from the Cunard ‘on board shop’.

                         BDG Manufacturing Ltd specialise in made to measure commissions for hotel and
                         corporate businesses and have just recently won a five year contract for awards for
                         the world famous TT races in the Isle of Man.

                         For more information visit BDG Manufacturing Limited’s website on
                or e-mail Alan Dawe at The Jewellery
                         Quarter will be represented in the House of Friendship at the Convention.

                         For more information see

                               Inner Wheel Garden Tea Party

                The Association of Inner Wheel District 6 are organising a Tea Party on Sunday 21st June
                2009 at the Botanical Gardens in Birmingham. Rotarians and member of Inner Wheel attend-
                ing the Convention are invited to the event. To book please contact Mrs. Christine Pile.


                          Rotary Flying Fellowship in Birmingham
The International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians has a post RI Convention Fly Round taking
place from Thursday, 25th June - Saturday 4th July 2009. For details of the Fly Round, IFFR
Conference Dinner and AGM, please send an e-mail to

                                Out and about in Birmingham