If you have been to a Rotary International Convention i nthe past, than you know how exhilarating it si to be with 20,000 or more other Rotarians from around the world, learning about projects and programs to help promote our values, enjoying great speakers and entertainment, and generally celebrating all that makes Rotary unique.

And if you have never been to a Rotary International Convention, the one upcoming May 21-25 in New Orleans is a great place to start.

The RI Convention is not only an opportunity to celebrate a successful Rotary year; it's a chance to learn statategies that will help you become more effective in your Rotary service. From inspirational plenary sessions to informative workshops to the House of Friendship -- Rotary's exhibit hall of programs and projects -- Rotary's annual international gala offers unparalleled networking and fellowship opportunities.

 For more information, check out the rotary.org website and click on "International Convention," or email Billy Hobbs: whobbs@maine.rr.com