Welcome to the 2020 Virtual Rotaract Postconvention

Connect, learn, and grow with Rotaractors around the world

Saturday 27 June

Schedule Day 1

Opening Session
Hear from RI President Mark Maloney, General Secretary John Hewko, and RI Rotaract Committee co-chairs Ronald Kawaddwa and Elyse Lin

Breakout Sessions
• Sustainable Leadership in Rotaract: Looking After Your Team and Yourself
• The Multiplying Factor of Collaboration
• Five Steps to a Successful Service Project
• Free Intelligent Conversation: Maintaining Peace Through Meaningful Conversations With Strangers
• Planning Rotaract Events
• Diversity in Your Clubs and Being an Ally
• How To Start A Rotary Club For Young Professionals
• High Stakes Leadership with Shelterbox

Sunday 28 June

Schedule Day 2

Elevate Rotaract Q&A
Featuring RI Treasurer David Stovall, and RI Rotaract Committee co-chairs Ronald Kawaddwa and Elyse Lin.

Breakout Sessions
• Leadership - Building Excellence with Purpose
• DRR Training Introduction and Panel
• C. O. R. O. N. A - Collaboration Of Rotaract Online Novelty Actions
• Culture Speaks From the World's Rotaract Conferences

Closing General Session
RI President Mark Maloney will recognize this year's ROPA winners followed by a speech from RI President-elect Holger Knaack.

Technical issues? Contact us on our Facebook page.

Welcome to the 2020 Virtual Rotaract Postconvention

Technical issues? Contact us on our Facebook page.
Also, please note that all sessions are available in English only.

Opening General Session

Featuring RI President Mark Maloney, General Secretary John Hewko, and RI Rotaract Committee co-chairs Ronald Kawaddwa and Elyse Lin.

This session will welcome you the first ever Virtual Rotaract Postconvention! Hear from Rotary Leadership RI President Mark Maloney and General Secretary John Hewko. Also hear the Rotaract around the world update from Rotaract Committee co-chairs Ronald Kawaddwa and Elyse Lin. Also share your Rotaract pride on social media using #Rotaract20.

This session is in English only.

Breakout sessions

Sustainable Leadership in Rotaract: Looking after your team and yourself

Bianca Lobo & Ada Gain

Sustainable leadership refers to those behaviors, practices and systems that create enduring value for Rotaractors, the community and the environment now and in the future. From our experience, some dedicated attention towards some fundamental processes and drivers can lead to successful, long-lasting outcomes for the club. For example, foundation practices like succession planning and higher-level practices like self-management are often forgotten but have a strong impact on the culture and strength of the club in the short and long term. We want to equip Rotaract leaders with the knowledge and some handy resources to ensure key focus areas are addressed when preparing for the year and throughout the year itself. This will allow for sturdier clubs and lasting impact with projects.

The Multiplying factor of Collaboration

Taylor Huie & David Buchanan

Learn how to magnify your club’s impact. As Rotaractors, we strive to rise above ourselves to do the most good in the world. By partnering with other Rotary, Rotaract, and Interact clubs locally and internationally, every action we take experiences a multiplying factor. Learn how to use the brain power and networking abilities of Rotary to strengthen membership, enhance community projects, and make significant international impact.

Five Steps to a Successful Service Project

Sarah Furie & Nader Houella

Service projects in Rotaract are our chance to make a real and lasting change. Yet planning an effective and impactful service project is not an easy task. Poor planning may result in a waste of time, resources, energy and weakly executed projects. This can sometimes damage a club’s motivation levels and reputation. This workshop will provide a carefully studied 5-step journey on how to effectively plan and execute a winning service project, for Rotaract clubs of any size, budget or location. The steps begin with the identification of the target group, internal and external assessments, the SMART approach and task delegation. The Rotary’s 4-way test and thematic areas of focus will be used.

Free Intelligent Conversation: Maintaining peace through meaningful conversations with strangers

Laura Bourgeois & Kyle Emile

This session explores the partnership between the nonprofit "Free Intelligent Conversation" and Rotaract Europe which led to a GLOBAL movement for peace. MDIO's with Rotaractors, Rotarians, and Interactors from all over joined together on the streets to engage in meaningful conversation with strangers, thereby opening their minds.
In this session you will learn about this example of peace building project, how to partner with a third party nonprofit organization, how Rotaractors and Rotarians worked together, and show how the power and resources of Rotaract network can be used to scale up a project, from a national project to a global project.

Planning Rotaract Events

Joey Vaesen & Janel Breen

Planning a Rotaract event can be one of the most fun yet daunting experiences during your time as a Rotaractor. In this session, you’ll learn to define your event planning scope and some basic event information with a Rotaract focus.

How To Start A Rotary Club For Young Professionals

Elyse Lin, Audley Knight, & Haris Sofradzija

Attracting more young leaders to join Rotary has been a great membership challenge around the world. In this session, we will share tactics and steps to organize a Rotary Club designed for young professionals, including current/former Rotaractors.

The session will cover the followings:
1. Member recruiting strategy
2. Social media and branding
3. Partnership with sponsor Rotary Club
4. Content development of club meetings to attract young professionals

The goal of this session is to inspire and encourage fellow Rotaractors to organize Rotary Clubs for young leaders in their community after learning from some successful models and examples.

High Stakes Leadership with Shelterbox

Richard Loat & Brittany Arthur

When our ShelterBox disaster response teams deploy around the world, they are immediately dropped into extreme high-stakes environments. There are safety and security issues, the people impacted by disasters are often desperate for help and the disaster itself makes it difficult to reach the families affected by disasters. In this session, you will learn and experience how to exercise situational leadership and function at a high level even when the stakes are highest.

Diversity in Your Clubs and Being an Ally

Janel Breen & Alia Ali

Explore your privileges (because everyone has one in some form or another) and how you can use them to be an ally for those who need your voice and partnership.

Featured Speakers

Mark Maloney, Rotary International President

David Stovall, RI Director

John Hewko, General Secretary

Elyse Lin, Rotaract Committee Chair

Ronald Kawaddwa, Rotaract Committee Chair

Jessie Dunbar-Bickmore, Rotary Programs for Young Leaders & Alumni Relations Manager

Breakout Session Facilitators

Bianca Lobo, Rotaract Club of Monash

Ada Gain, Rotaract Club of the Sunshine Coast

Taylor Huie, Rotaract Club of Duke University

Daniela Larangote, Rotary Club of Itaúna-Cidade Univer

Sarah Furie, Rotaract Club of Downtown Los Angeles

Nader Houella, Rotary Club of Metn Gate

Laura Bourgeois, Rotaract Club of Paris

Kyle Emile, Free Intelligent Conversation

Ignacio Gonzalez, Rotaract Club of Oriente de Talca

Rajesh Subramanian, Rotaract Club of Hyderabad Gachibowli

Josephine Bino, Rotaract Club of Chinatown-Manila

Thansen Paandi, Rotary Club of Hyderabad

Caitlin Cangialosi, Programs and Engagement Specialist, RI Staff

Audley Knight, Regional Membership Officer, RI Staff

Brittany Arthur, Rotary Club of Berlin-International

Haris Sofradzija, Regional Membership Officer, RI Staff

Riccardo Loizzo, Rotaract Club of Lecco

Veronica Chan, Rotaract Club of Macau Central

David Buchanan, Rotaract Club of Atlanta

Alexia Meunier, Rotaract Club of Rodrigues

Minh Hanh Nguyen, Rotaract Club of Paris-Ouest

Nishita Pednekar, Rotaract Club of Mapusa

Richard Loat, Shelterbox

Alan Yip, Rotaract Club of Central

Joey Vaesen, Rotaract Club of Victoria

Kelvin Lee, Rotaract Club of Peninsula South

Lok Chi Tsang, Rotaract Club of Victoria

Janel Breen, Rotaract Club of Silicon Valley

Alia Ali, Rotaract Club of Surrey

Welcome to the 2020 Virtual Rotaract Postconvention

Technical issues? Contact us on our Facebook page.
Also, please note that all sessions are available in English only.

ELEVATE ROTARACT Q & A

RI Treasurer David Stovall, Jessie Dunbar-Bickmore, & RI Rotaract Committee Co-chairs Ronald Kawaddwa & Elyse Lin

Since becoming a membership type in 2019, there have been several changes to Rotaract. Join us live to discuss these changes with members of the Elevate Rotaract Task Force. Learn how you can incorporate these changes into your Rotaract club and district experiences.

Take the event survey for a chance to win a Rotaract swag pack!

One lucky participant will be randomly chosen to win.

Survey must be completed by 23:59 Chicago time on 30 June 2020. In order to be eligible, participants must have a My Rotary account and enter their contact information in the survey.

Breakout Sessions

Leadership - Building Excellence with Purpose

Daniela Silva Larangote

Learn about the relevance of inspiring Rotaractors to be great leaders, standing out in their communities, finding purpose in life and serving as a Legacy.

The Road to DRR

Caitlin Cangialosi, Joey Vaesen, Nishita Pednekar, & Ignacio Gonzalez

The Road to the district Rotaract representative is intended for DRR-elects. In this breakout, you will learn about a new resource, Get Ready: District Rotaract Committee, and hear from former DRRs in a panel discussion. Through this panel discussion you will gain varying perspectives on the role of DRR, understand how DRRs can be elected, and learn best practices for communicating effectively with your committee and clubs in your district.

C. O. R.O. N. A - Collaboration Of Rotaract Online Novelty Actions

Thansen Paandi & Rajesh Subramanian

"COVID-19 pandemic is an ‘unprecedented wake-up call’ for all inhabitants of Mother Earth. During this lock down period, Virtual meetings, Webinars, Zoom meets are now the popular ways of communication and social connections.
We R.I District 3150, as hosts of 2020 Rotaract Institute experienced a big jolt and a bigger challenge onto decide the way forward, but its technology and Rotaract energy that gave hope to create the much needed action to transform physical presence Institute into first ever successful Rotaract e.Institute, with meticulous planning in just 10 days.
This very e.Institute, turned out to witnesses virtual knowledge sharing by top level Rotary Leaders and Rotaract key resource faculty to train and guide incoming DRR's of 46 districts of 12 countries worldwide, joined by 100+ past, present DRR's.

Culture Speaks From the World's Rotaract Conferences

Lok Chi Tsang, Alan Yip, Josephine Bino, Veronica Chan, Ohki Higashiyama, Kelvin Lee, Riccardo Loizzo, Alexis Meunier, Minh Hanh, & Udhayakumar Srinivasan

Travel restrictions do not wear away our desire to connect the world!

Love to step on the soil across the continents they have ever been to in just half an hour? Want more on the unique stories from their telling as if you were there in person to see? A 25 minute talk takes you round the globe so you will later mind the DO's and DON'Ts at an international event. Distance is no longer absolute, that you get so far as half-way round the world, but yet so close as staying home by your laptop. Interota 2020 Hong Kong team is hosting this exquisite session with frequent goers at major international Rotaract events as our guests, sharing their exotic experiences in international travels you always find shocking with enormous inspirations at conferences of multi-enthinicity. ((Races meet and blend cultures and opinions into one form of interpretation of our shared society, our uniformed values, our connected world, in which we luminate each other in this difficult time lit up with colors of our cheers and tears.))

No matter you will be a first-time attendee or a frequent participant, you are going to find some insights from the session!

Closing General Session

Featuring RI President Mark Maloney, RI President-elect Holger Knaack, and RI Rotaract Committee co-chairs Ronald Kawaddwa and Elyse Lin.

Join RI President Mark Maloney in recognizing Rotaract Outstanding Project Award winners, hear from RI President-elect, and learn about upcoming Rotaract Events! Also share your Rotaract pride on social media using #Rotaract20.

This session is in English only.