WWE Superstar John Cena tackles polio at Rotary convention

John Cena, WWE Superstar, actor, and Rotary polio ambassador, will speak Monday, 12 June, during the second general session at this year’s Rotary International Convention in Atlanta.

Cena devotes much of his time working on behalf of numerous charitable causes. He joined Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign in 2015 as a celebrity ambassador and is Make-A-Wish’s most requested wish granter of all time and the only celebrity to grant 500 wishes. Cena also committed to Susan G. Komen and has helped raise more than $1.6 million for breast cancer research and awareness.

As the face of the WWE and a 16-time world champion, Cena combines his athleticism, charisma, strong work ethic, and genuine personality to make him one of today’s brightest stars. Plan now to attend this special presentation on polio.

Rotary photo exhibit

Visit a limited-time Rotary photo exhibit at Pemberton Place. Learn how Rotary has made an impact on lives around the world and right here in the state of Georgia through our six areas of focus. The exhibit runs 10-14 June 2017.

New badge pick-up locations added

If you registered in advance and paid your convention fees in full, you can pick up your registration badge before arriving at the Georgia World Congress Center. Find satellite badge pick-up locations and hours.

Ashton Kutcher to speak about his work to end child sexual exploitation

Ashton Kutcher, co-founder of Thorn, actor, tech investor, and philanthropist will join the End of Modern Slavery panel discussion during the second general session on Monday, 12 June.

Thorn partners with nonprofits and academic institutions to gather new insights into the role technology plays in child sex trafficking, the creation and proliferation of child pornography, and the normalization of child sexual exploitation. Thorn then goes beyond insight to action to develop the tools, systems, and approaches to help address these issues.

Other panelists include moderator Bob Hope, Atlanta Convention Promotion Committee adviser; U.S. Senator Bob Corker; and Gary Haugen, CEO of International Justice Mission.

Learn more about Kutcher and our other speakers

Date confirmed! Bill Gates to address convention attendees Monday, 12 June

Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will talk about the importance of our continued commitment to a polio-free world on Monday, 12 June, during General Session 2, 09:45-12:00. Read a letter from RI President John F. Germ.

On Tuesday, 13 June, experience the power of virtual reality

During “One Small Act: A Virtual Reality Experience,” you can be among the first to see Rotary’s new virtual reality film and participate in one of the largest simultaneous virtual reality viewings. You and your fellow Rotarians will use Google’s virtual reality viewer, Cardboard, to join the extraordinary journey of a child whose world has been torn apart by conflict. Plan now to attend and see for yourself the impact that small acts of compassion can have.

You don’t want to miss this special event. Space is limited — Purchase your tickets today! Cost: $10

Scheduled maintenance

There will be scheduled maintenance on Rotary.org on 16 May. Parts of the site may be temporarily unavailable during this time, including areas that require sign-in.

Sign up for the convention orientation webinar

Learn how to make the most of your convention experience during this live online event. Join us for the convention orientation webinar on Thursday, 11 May, at 11:00 Chicago time (UTC-5). If you miss the live event, you can view it online later.

Register for the Presidential Peace Conference

Join Rotary members, peace fellows, program alumni, youth, and friends of Rotary at this special event, 9-10 June, to celebrate our successes and remember our history of making peace a priority.

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Win recognition for your district!

Be the district with the highest convention registration rate and win a chance for your governor to be recognized at the Atlanta convention. Contest ends 30 April. Learn how.

King to speak at Presidential Peace Conference

Dr. Bernice A. King, the youngest daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King and the chief executive officer of The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change Center, will speak at the Presidential Peace Conference.

Tickets are still available for this special two-day event, 9-10 June, at the Georgia World Congress Center. The conference is open to the public and all preconvention and convention attendees.

Read more about Dr. King

Promotion kit available

Our annual convention is for all Rotarians! Make sure your club knows about the 2017 Atlanta convention, as well as the benefits of attending, with these promotional materials.

Preregistrations reach all-time high

This year’s special Rotary Foundation centennial rate of $265 spurred a record number of paid preregistrations. More than 21,000 people registered for the Atlanta convention between 28 May and 6 June.

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