District Conference

The District 6840 Conference will be May 9-10, 2014 at the Biloxi Civic Center in Biloxi, MS. The traditional Thursday night College of Governors Dinner will take place at Mary Mahoney's Restaurant. Friday morning conferees can enjoy either a golf tournament or a schooner cruise in the Gulf. The Civic Center will be open to clubs at 2:00 pm Friday to set up tables. At 3:00 pm, DGND Randy Feldman will conduct a long-range planning session, and at 4:30 pm Elizabeth Van Sant will meet with prospective youth exchange host families. DGE Brian Hall will also be conducting sessions during the day. 

Then the Friday Night Food Fest will spring into action from 6:00-10:00 p.m. All clubs are encouraged to register with Vicky Gutierrez to bring food and drink to share with all the Rotarians. Music for dancing, visiting with fellow Rotarians, eating and drinking are the activities of the evening. Each club will provide a table top presentation of the one best project, fund-raiser or idea of 2013-14 of that club for all to see. On the table I request a "take-away" meaning a paper or brochure with the project description, club name and contact info in case a Rotarian wants more information.

On Saturday morning a fund-raiser breakfast will be served by the Rotary Club of Ocean Springs. Instead of paying our funds to a restaurant, I wanted to use this opportunity to support one of our district Rotary Clubs. This seems like a good way to provide a meal and serve Rotary.

There will be the traditional Memorial Service recognizing those Rotarians in the district who no longer serve here on Earth. We request that each club report any Rotarian who died since last District Conference in April of 2013 to Vicky Magas.

Then from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. District 6840 welcomes fellow Rotarian, National Speakers Bureau member, great friend and entertaining speaker Michael Angelo Caruso to the conference. Michael Angelo Caruso filled the break out hall in Lisbon, Portugal at the RI Convention. He will be speaking about communication skills and how to more effectively reach your audience. He is funny, bright and entertaining. All Rotarians are invited to hear this dynamic speaker.

The Governor's Banquet and recognition of the Club Presidents of 2013-14 will occur at 12 noon. This luncheon will conclude the district conference with the intent that all Rotarians can easily make it home for Mother's Day Celebration with family by finishing around 2:00 p.m.

There are plans for a Golf Tournament on Friday before the Friday Night Food Fest along with Youth Exchange meetings on Friday afternoon. There will also be a Friday morning excursion on one of the famous Biloxi Schooners.

Hotel accommodations are anywhere along the MS Coast, but we have arranged for a special rate of $119 per night at the Four Points by Sheraton, Biloxi Beach. Please review the conference program and registration form in the download section to the left of your screen.