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District Assembly & Conference

April 28 – 29, 2023

National Veterans Memorial and Museum |  Columbus, Ohio

“How will you Imagine Rotary”

The Speakers

Deepa WillinghamDeepa Willingham is a member of the Rotary Club of Central Coast-Passport, District 5240, past president of the Rotary Club of Santa Ynez Valley, California, past governor of District 5240 and the founder and CEO of PACE Learning Center

Sanah JivaniSanah Jivani founded International Natural Day and the LYNS Foundation after she developed Alopecia in seventh grade. She started an organization to change the lives of others, but it changes her life everyday.

Flavio BollagFlavio Bollag is Executive Director of Outward Bound Center for Peacebuilding. Together with Ana Patel, he is the co-editor of Experiential Peacebuilding, and he has helped to develop and share experiential activities on the topics of Positive Peace with numerous partner organizations including Rotary International.

MelissaRoshanMelissaRoshan, as unique as her name, (MelRo) is an uncommon talent who has modeled internationally for over 15 years. Her work has been seen on more than five magazine covers, billboards, print ads, national commercials, and runways. But what this respected model is most proud of, is owning the title of SurTHRIVER.

Peace and Leadership Symposium for High School Youth

Weekend Overview

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District Assembly
Youth Leadership

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8:00 – 5:00Registration

9:00 – 9:30Youth Peace & Leadership – Opening Session
9:00 – 9:30District Assembly Opening Session
9:45 – 10:30Assembly Breakout Sessions 1
10:45 – 11:30Assembly Breakout Sessions 2

11:00 – 9:00House of Friendship Open
11:45 – 1:15

Four-Way Test Speech Contest Winner Presentation
Keynote Address: Sanah Jivani; Make Peace with Yourself, Bring Peace to the World.

1:30 – 2:15Assembly Breakout Sessions 3
2:30 – 4:00

Service Project – Habitat House & Playhouse preparation & painting (Dress to paint & DANCE with our DJ!)

4:00 – 4:30

Closing Session

5:30 – 6:25Social Hour
6:30 – 8:30

Parade of Presidents
Youth Exchange Jacket Presentation
Keynote Speaker: Deepa Willingham; Empowering Girls (PACE)
Closing Remarks: District Governor, MJ Shackelford

8:30 – 10:00DJ Dance Party


District Conference
Peace Symposium

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7:00 – 12:00Registration
7:00 – 2:30House of Friendship is Open
7:00 – 11:00Silent Auction is Open
7:00 – 7:45Morning Meditation/Yoga with Sandy Booth, Instructure
7:30 – 8:30


8:30 – 9:50

Opening General Session with RoTalks (#RotaryStories (2)
District Business Meeting
Keynote Speaker; Lillian Zarzar – Communicate More Effectively and Lead with Conviction

10:00 – 10:45Breakout Sessions 1    Peacebuilding, Empowering Girls, Our Environment
10:00 – 11:45

Breakout Sessions 2    Peacebuilding, Empowering Girls, Our Environment

12:00 – 3:00

Closing General Session
RoTalks (4)
Keynote Speaker;  MelRo Potter – My Story, My Passion.

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