May 29th to June 1st, 2016.
RI Convention in Seoul was a grand affair, with over 40 thousand registrants from 120 countires.
There was a galaxy of eminent speakers. These included:
Rotary International President Ravi gave a personal account of how Rotary came to help his mother who needed treatment in an iron lung because of polio.
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe believes service organizations can play a vital role in government action.
Korean Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn applauded Korean Rotarians saying, "I'm proud that Korea is now one of the strongest per-captia supporters of the Rotary Foundation in the world. And I'm proud as well that Korean Rotarians have been a part of Rotary's work to eradicate polio."
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon took the stage at the opening session telling attendees that Rotary has an invaluable partnership with the UN. "Our common activities are saving lives," he said. The UN chief heralded Rotary's work in polio. "I'm especially grateful for your mission to eradicate polio. The result of your work in human terms is immeasurable
Rotary Foundation Trustee Chairman said that The Rotary Foundation has never been stronger than it is today as we begin the celebration for its 100th anniversary next year.
Mark Waddington, leader of Hope and Homes for Children, gave an emotional address on the organization's work to support children in areas affected by civil conflict, particularly those in orphanages in Africa and in former Soviet republics.
Dr. Rebecca Martin, director of the Center for Global Health at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provided a medical perspective on the progress that led to last year's milestones in GPEI in Africa.