From Pattaya to Singapore: A Rotary World Congress Experience

From Pattaya to Singapore: A Rotary World Congress Experience

Rosemarie Victorino Gamito, a leader in the Pattaya Rotary Center International Club, recently attended the Rotary World Congress in Singapore. Here are her firsthand impressions:

  1. Expectations and Early Arrival: Rosemarie arrived a day before the grand opening, on May 25th. Attending the “Positive Peace workshop” from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. proved to be a valuable decision. The grand opening on the 26th featured amazing presentations, and the event was attended by Rotarian delegates from around the world.
  2. Inspiring Sessions: The general sessions on the 27th and 28th showcased incredible Rotarians sharing their work and experiences. Rosemarie felt motivated to do more after hearing their stories. Additionally, the “House of Friendship” provided insights into “People in action” and ideas for future club projects and global grants. The exhibition displayed various projects related to healthcare, disaster aid, environmental initiatives, peace, women’s empowerment, polio eradication, and education.
  3. Recommendation for Others: Rosemarie strongly recommends that other members attend such congresses. Interacting with Rotarians worldwide and exploring prospective sister clubs and international partnerships enriches the experience. Interested attendees can customize their workshop schedule while also enjoying the host country.
  4. Memorable Encounters: Rosemarie enjoyed a performance by Callum Scott, but it was Claire Chiang, Senior Vice-President and Co-Founder of the Banyan group, who left a lasting impact. Claire’s work transforming toxic land in Phuket into the thriving Laguna Phuket inspired Rosemarie with her resilience and dedication.
  5. Visitor Diversity: Rosemarie noticed visitors from the U.S., Southeast Asia, and East Africa. Americans and Africans were particularly active in seminars and workshops.
  6. Language Considerations: While fluent English is advantageous, the congress offers audio in different languages during sessions. However, interactions often default to English due to its international status.
  7. Ideas for Thailand: Rosemarie left the congress with numerous ideas, including continuing mangrove planting projects in Thailand.

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