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2022 Rotary International Convention in Houston

The event will bring more than 20,000 participants from around the world and deliver $30 million in local economic impact

HOUSTON (July 22, 2021) – During a joint news conference held at George R. Brown Convention Center today, Rotary and Houston First Corporation representatives announced that more than 20,000 service-minded people from around the world will gather in Houston for Rotary’s 113th annual international convention on June 4-8, 2022.

The coveted international event is returning to Houston for the third time, marking the 50th anniversary of the 1972 international convention. The Bayou City also hosted the 5th Rotary convention in 1914. The event is expected to deliver $30 million in economic impact for the city’s hotels, restaurants, retailers and attractions.

“As a global membership organization that brings people from all continents and cultures together to share, learn and take action to bring positive and lasting change to communities around the world, we are thrilled that our first in-person international convention since 2019 will take place in Houston,” said Rotary’s International President Shekhar Mehta. “And for the first time ever, our annual event will be open to members of the public who want to connect, learn and be a part of our work to grow and change lives.”

Rotary’s 2022 international convention will transform the George R. Brown Convention Center into an energized hub and cultural mosaic as the organization’s global network of volunteers gather to share information about all the ways they are taking action to address issues in their communities, to learn from notable experts, gain inspiration from world-class speakers, and connect with lifelong friends shaped through service.

Previous convention speakers include philanthropist Bill Gates; actor and philanthropist Ashton Kutcher; Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; actor, producer, host, entrepreneur, WWE Superstar and Rotary polio ambassador, John Cena; renowned primatologist Jane Goodall; and former United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Andrew Young.

Organized by Rotary International in conjunction with the Houston Host Organization Committee of local Rotary members, registrants of the convention will also experience Houston’s hospitality with visits to local destinations  like Space Center Houston, Kemah Boardwalk and one of Houston’s premiere shopping destinations, The Galleria. Click here to register for Rotary’s International Convention.

“Houston and Houston First Corporation are thrilled to host Rotary’s International Convention next summer,” said Jorge Franz, Senior Vice President Tourism and Industry Relations at Houston First Corporation & Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau’s president. “We look forward to welcoming the thousands of awesome Rotary members who through their volunteerism and commitment to problem-solving make our communities better from continent to continent. This global exposure to 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide will further elevate Houston as a travel destination, and the anticipated $30 million economic impact from the convention will be a financial shot in the arm for Houston hotels, restaurants, retailers, attractions and many more.”

Houston Host Organization Committee chair, Rhonda Kennedy, representing 62 Houston-area clubs and its 2,400 members, said, “as a proud member of the Rotary Club of Sweeny, I am excited not only to welcome our fellow members from around the world to our beloved city, but also to show how Houston-area clubs are taking action to make the world a better place at home and abroad.”

With the safety and wellbeing of participants and the wider community a top priority, Rotary’s previous two conventions were held virtually due to the global pandemic. Speaking during the press conference, John Smarge, chair of Rotary’s International Convention Committee, said, “this convention will also have a virtual component to make the event accessible to all members. And as we continue our planning, we will work closely with global and national health authorities to ensure that our in-person event follows the most current health and safety guidelines.”

About Rotary: Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 36,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and international levels, from helping those in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.For more information, visit Rotary.org


    Please share these amazing fellowships / scholarships broadly. NON-Rotarians are the recipients of these incredible financial opportunities as Rotary made this commitment to its mission toward world peace.

    Each year, Rotary awards up to 130 fully funded fellowships for dedicated leaders from around the world to study at one of our peace centers.


    Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Centers program develops the capacity of peace and development professionals or practitioners to become experienced and effective catalysts for peace. The fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses.

    Since the program began in 2002, the Rotary Peace Centers have trained more than 1,400 fellows who now work in more than 115 countries. Many serve as leaders in governments, NGOs, the military, education, law enforcement, and international organizations like the United Nations and the World Bank.

    Our fellowships

    The Rotary Peace Fellowship is designed for leaders with work experience in peace and development. Our fellows are committed to community and international service and the pursuit of peace. Each year, The Rotary Foundation awards up to 50 fellowships for master’s degrees and 80 for certificate studies at premier universities.

    Choose the program that's right for you

    Master’s degree programs

    Accepted candidates study peace and development issues with research-informed teaching and a diverse student body. The programs last 15 to 24 months and include a two- to three-month field study, which participants design themselves.

    Professional development certificate program

    During the one-year blended learning program, experienced peace and development professionals with diverse backgrounds gain practical skills to promote peace within their communities and across the globe. Fellows complete field studies, and they also design and carry out a social change initiative. This program is intended for working professionals.

    Master's degree programs

    Click here to learn more about Master's degree programs

    Professional development certificate program

    Click here to learn more about the Professional development certificate program
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    Please Donate for Supplies to Ukrainians Through Amigos Rotarian Rob Grede in Partnership with Poland's Zbigniew Dziedzic, District Governor, in neighboring city of Jaroslaw near Eastern border to Ukraine

    Our own Amigos Rotarian Rob Grede just couldn't sit on the sidelines with concern for what is happening to the people in Ukraine.  Rotarian Angela Rester was able to connect him to a Rotarian in Poland and the rest is history that is yet to come....starting now with your support and Rob Grede's blog that will keep us posted.  Please consider supporting this effort.  GoFundMe - Here is the GoFundMe page: bit.ly/HelptheRefugees

    By the way...this story has also been seen on Fox 6 and WISN 12 carried stories last night and the online news group, Patch, had this to report: https://patch.com/wisconsin/milwaukee/milwaukee-men-plan-trip-poland-deliver-supplies-ukraine

    Click here for link to Fox 6 News Report on what Rob and his friends are doing -

    They leave May 12

    Arrive Vienna 13 May

    Arrive Przemysl, Poland 15-17 May

    From Rob - 

    Over 10,000 Ukrainian refugees enter Poland every day to escape the horrors of the Russian invasion. Many of us donate to the cause without really knowing where that money will go.

    I’m doing something different.

    Along with two friends, I’m going to Poland, but we need your help to purchase supplies for Ukrainian refugees.

    Our GoFundMe page: bit.ly/HelptheRefugees  

    Who are We?

    We’re just three old guys looking to make a difference in the world. Greg Ryan and Rob Grede live in the Milwaukee area. Dale Wilson, also a Rotarian, lives in Santa Barbara.

    The Plan

    We meet in Vienna, Austria, rent a van, fill it with emergency items that the Ukrainian refugees can use right now. Then we drive to Przemyśl, Poland, on the Ukraine border, where we meet our Polish Rotary contact, Zbigniew Dziedzic, District Governor, in neighboring Jaroslaw.

    Our Promise

    We pay all our own expenses – air travel, vehicle rental, gas, food and lodging. 100% of your donation will be used for dry food, clothing and medical supplies to support Ukrainian refugees.

    The Request

    We leave May 12 for Poland. Here is the GoFundMe page once more: bit.ly/HelptheRefugees

    If you wish to follow our progress, please join our Facebook Group: “Three Guys on a Mission” at www.facebook.com/groups/958153874872742

    Thanks for your support.


    Robert Grede

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