Try Brazil’s national dish, feijoada

Feijoada, Brazil's national dish.

Feijoada, Brazil’s national dish.

By Megan Ferringer, Rotary staff

Ask any Paulistano and they’ll tell you their favorite place to eat Brazil’s national dish, feijoada — a heavy stew of smoked and sun-dried meats (and offal, if you’re feeling adventurous) that’s brewed up in cauldrons and served with rice, black beans, kale, orange slices, and farofa (toasted manioc flour). Not for vegetarians or the diet-conscious, this dish was described by traveling TV chef Anthony Bourdain as a “magnificent, beautiful, murky black substance,” “perfection in a dish,” and “truly, transcendently wonderful.” Continue reading

Peace fellows reconnect at symposium

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Rotary Peace Fellows, alumni, Rotary members, and guests pause for a group photo during the Rotary Peace Symposium, held 4 June in São Paulo. Read more about the symposium and the Rotary convention. Watch a video from the symposium.

Get the inside scoop from São Paulo

By Rotary Voices staff

South America’s largest city, São Paulo, Brazil, is playing host to Rotary’s largest event of the year, the annual convention. More than 14,000 Rotary members from over 100 countries have come together to celebrate service, exchange ideas, and relax among friends at unforgettable concerts and social events. Experience the excitement of the convention on our sister blog, Convention Insider.

Speed dating for peace

Attendees discuss partnering for peace durign the World Café. Photo by Monika Lozinska/Rotary International

Attendees discuss partnering for peace during the World Cafe. Photo by Monika Lozinska/Rotary International

By Ryan Hyland, Rotary staff

Even before the World Cafe session started today, the room was filled with excitement, with people hugging and laughing. It took a few minutes for former Rotary Peace Fellow Cherine Badawi to quiet the 240 people in the room at the Rotary World Peace Symposium in São Paulo, Brazil.

World Cafe, a structured conversation style that aims to spark open and intimate discussion, is modeled to resemble the atmosphere of a cafe. Instead of having white tablecloths, the small round tables were covered with plain white paper and colored markers that attendees could use to express themselves. Continue reading

We’ve got you covered

We’re just days away! Thousands of Rotary members are on their way to São Paulo, or already in town, for our biggest event of the year, the 2015 Rotary Convention. So whether you’re looking for things to do, or peering in on the excitement from afar, follow our blog and return frequently to get the latest news, tips, insights and reactions from attendees. And don’t forget to be a part of the conversation on Twitter and Facebook using hashtag #ricon15.

Helping Afghan girls get an education

Beth Murphy

Beth Murphy

Beth Murphy, a founder of the film production company Principle Pictures and a director, producer, and author, will speak at the second plenary session of the 2015 Rotary Convention in São Paulo. Murphy is the director/producer of “What Tomorrow Brings,” a documentary about Rotary member Razia Jan’s work founding a school for girls in Afghanistan, and “Beyond Belief,” which follows two women who lost their husbands on September 11, 2001. Learn more about Murphy and find information on our other convention speakers.

Enjoy Ivete Sangalo’s music at the Closing Plenary Session

Ivete Sangalo

Ivete Sangalo

Brazilian music superstar Ivete Sangalo, a Latin Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter, will perform at the closing plenary session of the 2015 Rotary Convention in São Paulo, 9 June. Sangalo’s music is a high-energy fusion of Afro-Brazilian sounds called axé. She made her recording debut as lead singer of the group Banda Eva in 1993 on the album Banda Eva Ao Vivo, which included the 1994 carnival hit “Adeus Bye Bye.” After leaving Banda Eva, Sangalo made her solo album debut in 1999 and has since topped the charts with several albums and won numerous musical accolades.

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Get the most out of the convention with our mobile app

150518_mobileapp2Plan your schedule, get the latest update on featured speakers and entertainment, download session handouts, and connect with friends using our convention mobile app. Whether you’re a first-time attendee or a seasoned convention goer, this app will help you get the most out of your convention experience. You’ll be able to:

  • Navigate the convention venue and House of Friendship with interactive maps
  • Create a schedule of events and sessions
  • Upload your photos to the convention photo album
  • Rate sessions and provide feedback to convention organizers

You don’t have to be connected to the Internet to use the app. Once you’ve downloaded it, the information remains available to you offline. Download it for free in iTunes, Google Play and Blackberry.

Learn how India became polio-free

Dr. Hamid Jafari

Dr. Hamid Jafari

You’ll have a chance to hear from one of the masterminds behind India’s successful drive to become polio-free during the Rotary convention in São Paulo, 6-9 June. Dr. Hamid Jafari will deliver the keynote speech of the Monday, 8 June, plenary session. As a medical officer from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention working with the World Health Organization, Jafari led the polio eradication project in India from 2007 to 2012. India’s polio cases dropped from hundreds each year when he took the job to zero in 2011. India was officially declared polio-free in 2014 after a three-year certification period. Continue reading

Check out our orientation webinar

150508_orientationwebinarLearn how to make the most of your convention experience in São Paulo in this orientation webinar now available on demand in English. The webinar will offer you:

  • Tips for finding your way around São Paulo and the convention venue
  • Highlights of convention plenary sessions and breakout programs
  • Advice on how to use Rotary’s convention mobile app
  • Tips for travel and safety
  • Resources to help you before and during the convention

View the webinar, or view the slides on slideshare.