More than 60 Rotarians from the Blue Mountains will join over 18,000 Rotary club members from all over the world in Sydney for the humanitarian service organisation’s 105th annual convention, held at Sydney Olympic Park next month.
The conference from June 1-4 is expected to provide a boost to the Blue Mountains economy with “international Rotarians being encouraged to visit the area before and after the convention”, Lower Blue Mountains Club president, Peter Agar, said.
Mr Agar said local Rotarians were looking forward to catching up with their international counterparts and attending a number of special events.
“The convention will provide members with a great opportunity to share success stories,” Mr Agar said, as well as getting the chance to “exchange ideas and renew acquaintances”.
“Rotary’s international convention is often described as a ‘mini-United Nations’ because of its global scope and cultural diversity of members.”
“Although a major portion of the convention will be devoted to Rotary’s top priority, the global eradication of the crippling disease, polio, the Lower Blue Mountains Club will make its mark on the event, with Glenbrook’s famous Australia Day Gnome Convention making its first major appearance at the House of Friendship.
“Having the gnomes at the convention is a great opportunity and will put our Australia Day celebrations at Glenbrook on the international map.
“The convention is expected to inject an estimated $60.5 million into the Sydney and broader NSW economy.”