Helping Afghan girls get an education

Beth Murphy

Beth Murphy

Beth Murphy, a founder of the film production company Principle Pictures and a director, producer, and author, will speak at the second plenary session of the 2015 Rotary Convention in São Paulo. Murphy is the director/producer of “What Tomorrow Brings,” a documentary about Rotary member Razia Jan’s work founding a school for girls in Afghanistan, and “Beyond Belief,” which follows two women who lost their husbands on September 11, 2001. Learn more about Murphy and find information on our other convention speakers.

Enjoy Ivete Sangalo’s music at the Closing Plenary Session

Ivete Sangalo

Ivete Sangalo

Brazilian music superstar Ivete Sangalo, a Latin Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter, will perform at the closing plenary session of the 2015 Rotary Convention in São Paulo, 9 June. Sangalo’s music is a high-energy fusion of Afro-Brazilian sounds called axé. She made her recording debut as lead singer of the group Banda Eva in 1993 on the album Banda Eva Ao Vivo, which included the 1994 carnival hit “Adeus Bye Bye.” After leaving Banda Eva, Sangalo made her solo album debut in 1999 and has since topped the charts with several albums and won numerous musical accolades.

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Get the most out of the convention with our mobile app

150518_mobileapp2Plan your schedule, get the latest update on featured speakers and entertainment, download session handouts, and connect with friends using our convention mobile app. Whether you’re a first-time attendee or a seasoned convention goer, this app will help you get the most out of your convention experience. You’ll be able to:

  • Navigate the convention venue and House of Friendship with interactive maps
  • Create a schedule of events and sessions
  • Upload your photos to the convention photo album
  • Rate sessions and provide feedback to convention organizers

You don’t have to be connected to the Internet to use the app. Once you’ve downloaded it, the information remains available to you offline. Download it for free in iTunes, Google Play and Blackberry.

Learn how India became polio-free

Dr. Hamid Jafari

Dr. Hamid Jafari

You’ll have a chance to hear from one of the masterminds behind India’s successful drive to become polio-free during the Rotary convention in São Paulo, 6-9 June. Dr. Hamid Jafari will deliver the keynote speech of the Monday, 8 June, plenary session. As a medical officer from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention working with the World Health Organization, Jafari led the polio eradication project in India from 2007 to 2012. India’s polio cases dropped from hundreds each year when he took the job to zero in 2011. India was officially declared polio-free in 2014 after a three-year certification period. Continue reading

Check out our orientation webinar

150508_orientationwebinarLearn how to make the most of your convention experience in São Paulo in this orientation webinar now available on demand in English. The webinar will offer you:

  • Tips for finding your way around São Paulo and the convention venue
  • Highlights of convention plenary sessions and breakout programs
  • Advice on how to use Rotary’s convention mobile app
  • Tips for travel and safety
  • Resources to help you before and during the convention

View the webinar, or view the slides on slideshare.

An interview with philanthropist and entrepreneur Steve Killelea

Steve Killelea

Steve Killelea

By Convention Insider staff

After successfully building two international software companies, Australian Steve Killelea, an accomplished entrepreneur in high technology business development, decided to dedicate most of his time and fortune to sustainable development and peace. You can hear Killelea share his passion for sustainable development at the Rotary Peace Symposium on 5 June, and also during the 8 June plenary session of the Rotary Convention in São Paulo. Killelea is founder and executive chairman of Integrated Research Ltd., The Charitable Foundation, and Institute for Economics and Peace. Read an interview with Killelea in the May issue of The Rotarian and learn more about Killelea and other speakers at the convention. Register now.

Rotaractors enjoy special deals to Rotary’s Carnival

150424_carnivalRotaractors who register for the convention can attend Rotary’s Carnival for free! Don’t miss your chance to experience the energy and color of a typical Brazilian Carnival party. To receive your complimentary ticket, stop by the HOC ticket booth in the House of Friendship and present your convention badge.

If you register for the Rotaract Preconvention only, you can attend Rotary’s Carnival event for half price. Go online to purchase your ticket at the discounted rate of $15. You’ll receive an email confirmation to present at the HOC ticket booth.

Rotary Convention has it all

Harriett Schloer and her grandson, Will Beaudry, in Sydney Harbor.

Harriett Schloer and her grandson, Will Beaudry, in Sydney Harbor.

By Harriett Schloer, executive secretary of the Convention Goers Fellowship

Since 1998, my husband and I have only missed three Rotary conventions. We have both come to look upon the convention as our annual vacation with the opportunity to visit many foreign countries and revisit some of our favorite places in the United States.

We always plan our trip to stay an additional week after the convention closes so we can get in all of the sight-seeing we can. In terms of the convention itself, it is our annual opportunity to again spend quality time with very close friends and make new ones. Continue reading


150319_isabelli_threeIsabeli Fontana, a Rotary polio ambassador, is currently in India participating in polio immunization activities, where she visited a special ward for children affected by polio at St. Stephen’s Hospital in New Dehli. Says Fontana, “No child should have to suffer from a preventable disease, and seeing the children in St. Stephen’s reminded me that the fight is not over.” In her blog post for Rotary Voices, Fontana shared her great pride in knowing the upcoming convention is being held in her home of São Paulo. Read more of her blog post.

Price cut for Rotaract members


Join Rotaractors in São Paulo.

The registration fee for members of Rotaract to attend this year’s convention has been reduced to $70 through 15 April, after which the price goes up to $130. Register today to join your fellow Rotaractors in São Paulo, and connect for good!


150311_torchSão Paulo will be the last stop for a Rotary torch, launched in December in Chennai, India, to commemorate India becoming polio-free and to promote the need to go the last mile in the battle to eradicate this horrible crippling disease. Find out more about the torch, and how it inspired members of a new club in Afghanistan, in Luke Beer’s post for Rotary Voices, and register today to join the torch in São Paulo.

Why I never miss a Rotary convention

The House of Friendship during the 2013 Rotary Convention in Lisbon, Portugal, one of

The House of Friendship during the 2013 Rotary Convention in Lisbon, Portugal, one of many Nusz has attended since 1997.

By Phyllis Jane Nusz, past governor of District 5220 (California, USA)

In 1997, as an incoming club president, I was sent to Glasgow, Scotland, for my first International Convention. I have never stopped going since.

Why? It was amazing to see people for the first time from all over the world, the different languages, dress, and food. But we all had the same dedication to Rotary. I ran into so many people I never knew before but today are still my friends, and I share Christmas cards with them, take part in club projects with them, join together for family activities, and so much more. Continue reading

Will water shortages threaten peace?

Dr. Isis Mejias Carpio with children in Kenya during a global grant project.

Dr. Isis Mejias Carpio with children in Kenya during a global grant project.

By Isis Mejias Carpio, a former Rotary Global Grant scholar. Sponsored by Rotary clubs in Houston, Carpio earned a dual PhD in water engineering from the University of Houston and the University of São Paulo. She will be a panelist at the Rotary Peace Symposium 4-5 June during a session on “The Impending Water Wars.”

Water is a key element in all aspects of life, from health to food security, education, and energy. That is what makes water security so important, and so hard to safeguard. As water scarcity becomes more real, collaboration will become critical. Continue reading

Dr. Geetha Jayaram to be honored at convention

Dr. Geetha Jayaram

Dr. Geetha Jayaram

Dr. Geetha Jayaram has dedicated her life to helping people in her native India and the United States overcome the torment of severe depression, bipolar disorder, panic attacks, and other mental illnesses. She is a psychiatrist and associate professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality.

You’ll have a chance to hear Jayaram during the 2015 Rotary Convention in São Paulo, where she will be honored with the 2014-15 Rotary Foundation Global Alumni Service to Humanity Award on 8 June. Inspiring speakers are just one of the many reasons Rotary members attend a convention. Register now to take advantage of special pricing through 31 March.

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Why I enjoy Rotary conventions

Rotary members make connections in the House of Friendship  during the 2014 Convention in Sydney.

Rotary members make connections in the House of Friendship during the 2014 Convention in Sydney.

By Margaret Lesjak, Rotary Club of Broken Hill South, New South Wales, Australia

I grew up in Sydney. So attending my first Rotary convention last year in Sydney was less about the location and more about meeting people from all over the world.

My days started off on the trains dedicated for Rotary use. As I remembered from the 2000 Sydney Olympics, people happily chatted away and strangers became at the very least ‘mates’ for the rest of the convention. Continue reading