District Governor's Message

Greetings Rotarians,

Throughout the course of this Rotary year, and at every club visit, I've been promoting the fact that 2015 is the Centennial Year of District 6220. I guess it's time to finally say, "Happy Birthday!" One hundred years of "Service Above Self" is a very big deal, and an accomplishment that all District 6220 Rotarians, past and present, should be very proud of.

To celebrate our Centennial year, I'm asking all clubs to do something special. Rotary International President Gary Huang has suggested that all clubs sponsor a "Rotary Day" in their community. A "Rotary Day" is a time to celebrate Rotary, and gain exposure for both our organization, and your club. Perhaps your club could come up with a special activity that would involve others in the community. Then again, your club may simply want to label an activity that your club has been involved with every year as your "Rotary Day." Consider asking the mayor of your city to officially proclaim the day of your activity as "Rotary Day" in honor of our Centennial year. In any case, I would encourage each club to honor Rotary, and our Centennial, in 2015!

District 6220 has something very special planned to honor our Centennial, and we're calling it TRICON 2015! During the weekend of May 15-17, 2015 we will be holding our annual District conference at the Radisson Paper Valley hotel in Appleton, Wisconsin. We'll be joined by two other Districts who will be celebrating their Centennial year in 2015 also; Districts 6250 and 6270. Based on passed attendance records, we expect up to 900 Rotarians and guests from almost the entire State of Wisconsin, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and a small part of Minnesota to attend.

Dave Warren, DG of District 6250; Mary Beth Seiser, DG of District 6270, and I have worked very hard over the past two years to organize a conference that will inspire, educate, and entertain all who attend. In addition, because of the "economy of scale," we've been able to keep our prices very low. If you register before April 1st, the registration fee is only $15, and a night at the Radisson is only $99 before taxes. We've also decided not to have a meal plan, and you only have to pay for meals that you sign up for. The meal charges that you see during the registration process are based on our cost, and include all taxes and gratuities.

TRICON 2015 will feature speakers from all over the country who will inspire you, great performers who will entertain you, and the opportunity to meet some very nice people who share your commitment to Rotary ideals. Please take the time to review the TRICON 2015 information found elsewhere in this newsletter, and then plan on joining us in May! If you've never taken the time to attend a District Conference in the past, YOU NEED TO ATTEND TRICON 2015! I promise you, if you join us in May, you will have an experience you'll never forget. REGISTER NOW by going to our District website at ridistrict6220.org!

~ Tom Berkedal
District Governor