Conference Information


    Guest Speaker Mohammed Rezwan

    Architect Mohammed Rezwan is the founder of Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha, a not-for-profit development organization in Bangladesh. Drawing on his architectural expertise, he designs spaces on boats that successfully accommodate the needs of schools, libraries, and training and healthcare centers. He is also the inventor of the "solar water farming" technique, as well as the "bamboo, bottle and siren" flood warning system and the SuryaHurricane solar lantern. His floating schools and SuryaHurricane solar lantern designs were exhibited at the "Design with the Other 90%: CITIES" exhibition, organized by Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York. He is featured in Erlesene Welten (Hungry Minds), a documentary film about three mobile libraries in the world, as well as in the documentary film Easy Like Water supported by the Sundance Documentary Institute. He has received both national and international honors including, but not limited to, the Sotokoto Green Fighter 2010, Cordes Fellowship 2010, Heroes of the Great Bengal 2006, Social Entrepreneur of Global Philanthropy Forum 2006 and Global Social Benefit Incubator 2005/2006, and Ashoka CBI Award 2003. Rezwan has been featured in international newspapers and magazines including Bergens Tidende, Politiken, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Independent UK, and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. His work has also received coverage on CNN International, Al Jazeera English, the National Geographic Channel, and NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

    From The New York Times:
    'Floating Schools' Bring Classrooms to Stranded Students
    "In Bangladesh, where floods regularly disrupt education, a nonprofit group has found a way of using wooden boats to deliver classes and books to rural communities."

    Guest Speaker DG Ezra Teshome

    Ezra Teshome is an entrepreneur who has earned accolades worldwide for his philanthropic endeavors and efforts within Africa to impact the lives of children. He is passionate about global health issues, particularly focusing on the eradication of polio and bringing clean water to villages in rural Ethiopia. He has served notably on the board of several organizations, as well as a university. Professionally, Ezra has built a successful insurance and financial services business. He is very involved in his local Ethiopian community, where he helped build the first church and establish the community center. In addition, he has built and developed several properties while building a real estate and investment portfolio. As a testament to his contributions to society, Ezra has been awarded with many of the highest honors in his community.

    Seattle's Ezra Teshome, World Citizen & Polio Warrior

    Master of Ceremonies Thalia Hayden

    Thalia Hayden is co-anchor of KMIR News weekdays. Thalia joined KMIR News in February 2012. Before that, she reported and anchored for WPTV in West Palm Beach, FL, News 10 NBC in Rochester, NY and WCJB in Gainesville, FL. Before making the jump in front of the camera, Thalia spent many years behind the scenes. In fact, her first day on the job after graduating from Seton Hall University, was the same day as the September 11th attacks. She was starting as a Production Assistant at Fox 5 News in Manhattan, and was thrown right into the mayhem. She says that experience helped her realize how vital the media is in our society. Thalia has also worked in other newsrooms in New York City, and spent two years as a Casting Associate for "51 Minds Entertainment" in Los Angeles.

    Thalia says she is happy to be back in California, and can't get enough of the sun. In her free time, Thalia enjoys being a Paul Harris Fellow Rotarian, volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Desert, spending time with her family and pets, and staying fit through running Charity 5K's and Bikram yoga.


    Thursday May 14th
    *6:00pm - 8:00pm Past District Governors Dinner (Invitation Only) (Vista Room)

    Friday May 15th
    *8:00am Golf Tournament Shotgun
    *3:00pm - 6:00pm Project Showcases & Displays (Vista Room)
    *5:00pm - 9:00pm Hospitality Night Poolside Suites

    Saturday May 16th
    *7:00am - 7:00pm Project Showcases & Displays (Vista Room)
    *7:00am - 3:00pm Vendors Showcase (Hallway)
    *7:00am - 9:45am Breakfast Plenary Session (Mesquite Room)
          Opening Ceremony, RI Vocational Award, 4 Way Speech Contest
    *10:00am - 11:45am Second Plenary Session (Mesquite Room)
          4 Way Speech Contest Continued, Music Finalist, International Projects, Rotary 101
    *12:00pm - 1:00pm Lunch Plenary Session (Mesquite Room)
          Bangladesh School Boats Keynote Speaker Mohammed Rezwan
    *1:15pm - 2:25pm Fourth Plenary Session (Mesquite Room)
          International Projects Continued, Rotary International Representative Keynote Address
    *2:25pm - 2:45pm Ice Cream Social (Hallway)
    *2:45pm - 3:45pm Fifth Plenary Session (Mesquite Room)
          Youth Service/New Generation
    *5:00pm - 6:00pm Governor's Ball Reception
    *5:45pm - 9:00pm Governor's Ball (Mesquite Room)
          Dinner, Service Above Self Award, Governor's Award, Presidential Awards, Rotarian of The Year, Outstanding Club Member, Honor Presidents, Keynote Speaker PDG Ezra Teshome District 5030, Entertainment, Music & Dancing

    Sunday May 17th
    *7:00am - 7:45am Ecumenical Services (Vista Room)
    *8:00am - 9:00am Breakfast Plenary Session (Mesquite Room)
          Newsletter & Public Relations, Community Service
    *9:15am - 11:45am Seventh Plenary Session (Mesquite Room)
          Membership, Foundation, Awards & Recognition, Brazil
    *12:00pm - 1:30pm Lunch Plenary Session (Mesquite Room)
          Rotary International Representative Closing Remarks, Passing the Banner, DGE Rudy Westervelt Remarks, DG Shab Closing Remarks
    *1:45pm - 2:15pm Board Meeting (Current Presidents) (Vista Room)

    Vendor Information:

    -selling Rotary Pins & supplies on Saturday.

    The Oduoro Village Souvenirs Booth
    -selling handcrafted souvenirs, collectibles, and miscellaneous items straight from Uganda.

    Memory Board Information

    For this year's celebration we are asking for the participation from all clubs by creating a fun memory board displaying all the great services projects and activities provided. Click here for more information.