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Celebrating 100 years of the Rotary Foundation

District Conference 2017


Join Rotarians and their families to celebrate Rotary Serving Humanity

Click on the "Conference Registration" button to sign up. The conference fee of $265 includes registration for the entire conference, and all meals. It does not include your room. Click on “Book your room here” to connect to the hotel website and reserve/confirm your room.
The Conference registration deadline is May 1, register soon!


Our Speakers

PDG Wesley “Wade” Drinkard - (2000-2001) President’s Rep
Wade Drinkard is a native of Linden, Marengo County, Alabama.  A recently retired Marengo County District Court Judge Wade joined the Linden Rotary Club (D6880) in 1970 and served as President and secretary of that club on two different occasions.  He subsequently became a member of the Demopolis Rotary Club and was selected as Rotarian of the Year 2014-15.

He is a member of the Rotary Foundation Bequest Society and a Foundation Benefactor and received District 6880’s Harry P. Hall Meritorious Achievement Award (Rotarian of the Year) in 2002-03 and 2004-05. He is a recipient of the Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service and the Distinguished Service Award.

Donna Neff - Brunswick-Trinidad Sister City Assoc
Donna is a part of Brunswick Trinidad Sister City Association. She has been working in Cuba since the 1990s and has traveled there 29 times always working on projects with other like minded people. She has a very rich history. A former teacher. The group focuses on a library project between Brunswick and Trinidad (Cuba). 
Chief Robert Mackenzie, Kennebunk Police Dept.
Chief Mackenzie has been a member of the Kennebunk Rotary Club since July of 2009. He will chair a panel discussion on opioid abuse. A timely subject given the devastation opioids have brought to communities across Maine and the entire country. 
Katie Gauthier Donnelly  
After receiving a Masters Degree in International Studies from the University of Oregon, Katie was a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar studying human rights in Uganda in 2009 and 2010. 
Andrew Kiezulas 
Andrew is the co-founder of and Student Recovery Liaison for the Recovery Oriented Campus Center (ROCC); a nationally certified Collegiate Recovery Program (CRP). Andrew is also founder of YPR-ME (Young People in Recovery).
Juston McKinney - Entertainment
Juston will entertain us after Saturdays dinner. Juston grew up living on the border of New Hampshire and Maine.  In 1997 Juston moved to the quiet community of Queens, New York.  While living in NYC he worked his way into the weekend line-up at Comic Strip Live, Stand-Up New York, Dangerfield’s, Gotham, Carolines on broadway and the New York Times called him, “Destined for stardom.” Juston would go on to sign sitcom development deals with Warner Brothers, CBS Productions, IFC and Comedy Central. He currently lives in New Hampshire with his wife, kids and dogs. For lots more on Juston, see his bio and info in the menu on the left of this page.

Our Program

Day 1 Friday
12-5                             Registration
12:30-1:30                   Barbecue -Samoset Patio
                                   Opening remarks-PDG Wesley “Wade”
2-5                               Service Project with District 7790
5:30-6:15                     Major Donor Reception
6-7                               Cocktails
7-7:45                          Dinner
7:45-8                          Celebration of Life
8-8:15                          Awards
8:15-9                          Donna Neff, Brunswick-Trinidad Sister City Assoc
Day 2 Saturday
7-12                             Registration
7:30-8:15                     Breakfast
8:15-8:45                     4 Way Test presentations
9-9:30                          Vote on presentations
9:30-10-30                   Opioid Misuse Panel - Chief Robert Mackenzie chair
11-noon                       District 7780 Business Meeting
Noon-12:45                  Lunch-4 Way Test Winners announced
12:45-1                        Celebration of Life
1-1:15                          Awards
1:15-1:30                     2018 District Conference “The Summit”
1:45-2:15                     Katie Donnelly-Rotary Ambassador Scholar
2:15-5                          Free Time
5:15-6:15                     Cocktails
6:15-7                          Dinner
7-7:30                          Andrew Kiezulas
7:45-8:10                     RI President Rep PDG Wesley “Wade”
8:30-9:30                     Comedian Juston McKinney
Day 3 Sunday
7:30-8:30                     Final remarks-PDG Wesley “Wade”
8:30-9:30                     Polio Fun Run/Walk or golf on Samoset grounds
  • Celebrating 100 Years of Success - The Rotary Foundation "Doing Good in the World.” 
  • Learn about opioid addiction and what can be done to fight it.  
  • Hear about future plans involving our relationship with Cuba. 
  • Serve by participating in a food insecurity or homeless shelter service project. 
  • Listen to the Four-Way Test Speech Contest finalists and vote on the winner. 
  • Laugh at New Hampshire comedian Juston McKinney. 
  • Remember District Rotarians who have recently passed away. 
  • Exercise on a walk/run to End Polio Now or play golf on the "Pebble Beach of the East.” 
  • Socialize by reconnecting with District Rotary friends and make new ones. 
  • Discover the charms and attractions of Rockland, Rockport, and Camden. 
  • Create memories that will last for years.
  • If you have never attended a District Conference before - now is the time!

Between sessions relax at the beautiful Samoset Resort

Hotel: $165.00 plus tax & tip per night