By Mark Maloney, chair of the Sydney Convention Committee and a member of the Rotary Club of Decatur, Alabama, USA
Children are absolutely welcome at convention activities, and attending a convention can be both an enlightening and exciting experience for them. So bring your children and grandchildren with you when you come to Sydney for the 2014 Rotary International Convention, 1-4 June.
The opportunity to meet Rotary members and their family from around the world is one of the most engaging aspects of any Rotary convention. Currently, members from 149 countries have registered. Just think what a cross-cultural experience this would be for your child or grandchild to meet people from so many different countries, speaking different languages and dressed in different national attire. All registrants under the age of 18 receive a Youth Passport during the convention, which they can use to collect signatures from convention attendees from as many countries as possible.
A Rotary convention is also a wonderful way to introduce your child to the joy of service. Visit booths in the Billabong House of Friendship. Participate with your children or grandchildren in a hands-on project to stop hunger at the Service Opportunities Exhibition. Select one or two new children’s books together before you come to donate at the Labyrinth for Literacy project. Serving together as a family can install values that last a lifetime.
Another great family-bonding opportunity will be taking part in the End Polio Now – Make History Today 3K Walk. Rotary members and their families will celebrate Rotary’s successes on the road to completely eradicating polio, while passing through the beautiful grounds of Sydney Olympic Park.
A trip to the Rotary International Convention will inspire your children and grandchildren and change their lives. Join your fellow Rotarians from around the world in Sydney as we Engage Rotary, Change Lives.