2012 District Conference
2012 District Conference
Chair:  Gordon Dalglish
Date:  May 17, 2012 at 08:00 AM - May 20, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Event Fee:  $295.00 
Location:  River Rock Casino Resort
  8811 River Road
Richmond, BC, Canada
V6X 3P8
Map & Directions




Hotel bookings need to be made by 8th April to get the guaranteed discount rate. Contact River Rock Hotel on +1 866 748 3718, quoting “Rotary District Conference”. Rates hold good for 3 days before and after the Conference.


Conference Registrations need to be made by 23rd April to get the $295 Early Bird rate, after that it’s + $50.00. Book online at the District website.


Showcase your club!! Make sure one or more of your club projects are featured on our rolling presentation during the conference. See the conference website for details – or contact PDG Gordon on gdalglish@shaw.ca


See and hear how it’s done! Attend presentations from 6 of our own clubs on the unique projects they have undertaken. Learn how your club can benefit from their experience – and hear how Foundation Grants can double, triple, quadruple or more! your club’s dollars!


Listen, Learn and Laugh with a range of Internationally recognised speakers – Rotarians and non-Rotarians – about their experiences, their humanitarian projects – and hear how today‘s Social Media is changing the face of how we communicate with our communities and our project sponsors. (See over for details)


Dine and Dance to the foot-stompin’ music of Neil Diamond (Nearly Neil!) at the conference Gala Banquet on Saturday evening in the River Rock Show Theatre. Great food, great sounds, great fellowship!


Join with our hosts – DG Hans Doge and the Youth Exchange Students – hear their stories as they spend their last few months in BC


Celebrate our Rotary World of Service




Who’s Who and What’s What?

 Joe Roberts 

Joe Roberts is an inspirational example of overcoming adversity and managing change. In 1989 he was living under a bridge as a homeless skid row addict. Today , he is an author, CEO and internationally sought after professional speaker who motivates and inspires audiences worldwide.

Joe made his first million in sales before he was 35 years old, and became the CEO of one of Vancouver’s leading multimedia companies by 1999. He was recognized by MacLean’s Magazine as one of “10 Canadians who have made a difference,” won the BC Courage To Comeback Award and received The Ontario Premier’s Award. Joe has also been featured in magazines, radio programs and television shows throughout Canada and the US.



Roy Prevost


Roy Prevost, one of our own District 5040 Rotarians, is an international speaker, best selling author, a customer service activist, an entrepreneur, and a futurist who forecasts trends on the "Future Consumer."  Roy is also a leading authority on Social Media Marketing and teaches business owners how to use Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin as strategic marketing tools within their businesses.


Rotary is as much a business as any retail chain – and bigger than most! As a ‘Futurist”, Roy follows and expands on these trends. His presentation is titled “Rotary: The Next Generation - Solving the Social Media Puzzle”.


What does at all mean to Rotary and to you as a Rotary Leader? Don’t miss this insightful look at the Social Media scene and it’s impact to Rotary.



PDG Mark Starratt


We are honoured to have Mark Starratt and his wife Jennifer, as the RI President’s Representative throughout our Conference. Mark's early involvement in Rotary can be traced back to his teenage years, where he represented District 5360 in such programs as Adventures in Technology, the 4-way speech competitions and RYLA.


Mark was inducted into the Rotary Club of Calgary Olympic in February 1997. In 1999, Mark was on the formation committee of the Rotary Club of Calgary Crowchild and became its Charter President. Mark has been District Membership Chair, and in 2005, an Assistant Governor. He was subsequently District 5360 Governor in 2008 – 09, one of the youngest ever! In September 2005, Mark was named one of Calgary's Top 40 Under 40 for his professional success and commitment to the community. He is currently Director, Wealth Management and Portfolio Manager with GMP Ltd.  Mark co-leads The Starratt Team, a 6-member investment management and financial planning team.


Mark is a Paul Harris Fellow, a charter member of the Paul Harris Society, a member of the Bequest Society and a Major Donor of The Rotary Foundation. He will bring us the latest development in Rotary International, as we move to a year of “Peace through Service”.