2015 District Conference Update (The Hotel)
As I hope all of you know by now, this year’s District Conference will be held on April 24-26 at the Wentworth by the Sea in New Castle, New Hampshire. Registration is now available on the District Website (rotary7780.org) and I hope you will register early. We have obtained a special hotel rate for conference attendees, but that rate is only good for a limited time. We are attempting to have it extended, but as of now, to get the special rate you must register with the hotel by March 23; after that date the room rate will be significantly higher. Details are on the registration page of the District Website.
So why would you want to stay at the hotel? First of all, it is truly beautiful and the setting is incomparable. It will allow you to travel back to a time when staying at a grand hotel was a special experience. And for those who care about history, it can’t be beat. It was built in 1874 by a Massachusetts’s distiller. It’s major claim to fame occurred in 1905, when it housed the Russian and Japanese delegates who negotiated the Treaty of Portsmouth, which ended the Russo-Japanese War. President Theodore Roosevelt had suggested these peace talks and was awarded the Nobel Peace prize for his actions. It went through a series of different owners and a slow decline, such that by 1980, it was closed and targeted for demolition. A group was formed to try to save the hotel and a campaign resulted in its being featured on the History Channel’s list of "America’s Most Endangered." Finally, in 1997, a buyer was found. The hotel was extensively renovated, and it reopened in 2003. The hotel is a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation of Historic Hotels of America. It has been thoroughly modernized by the renovation, while at the same time it has retained those special qualities that make it a historic grand hotel. I urge you to consider spending a night or two at this venue. Even if you live close enough to the site to commute, consider what a special experience it will be to spend the night in the shadows of Teddy Roosevelt!