Dear Presidents and Secretaries,

Your District Conference is fast approaching.  I am writing to update you on a number of matters and for you to spread the word to your members.

Rundown

The Program Rundown is now uploaded to the Conference Website.  Check it out at: http://55dc.soofwood.com/?section=agenda

Please remind members to arrive early and the opening is at 13:30pm sharp.

Registration

The Conference opens for registration at 11 am at the (1st Floor) Hotel Foyer. Registration desks are divided by Areas and upon registration, each participant will get a conference badge with all appropriate coupons and a special 55th District Conference bag which contains the program book, a souvenir pen, souvenir pins and a commemorative Conference key chain.  Each registrant is required to sign receipt and indicate whether he/she is joining the Foundation Lunch on Day 2.

Transportation/Parking

Coach Schedule can be found here: http://55dc.soofwood.com/?section=bus. If you have signed up for taking the coach but now decide you are not taking it, please let CP Eva Chiu know. She can be reached at eva@etin.com.hk

If you drive, the nearest parking is at Carpark 4 of Hong Kong International Airport.  There is no valet parking at the Hotel.

Hotel Check-in

Since Hotel room check–in commences at 2 pm which clashes with the Conference Opening Ceremony, please check-in at the Hotel bell desk before 1:30 pm. and deposit your luggage with the Hotel.  After the Plenary, Breakout and Photo Sessions, please obtain your room key from the Hotel front desk and you will find your luggage in your room.

Leaders Lunch

Those of you, incumbent Presidents, and also the PE and District Officers in your club who have signed up for the Leaders Lunch on 25 April, please gather at noon at the Bangkok and Berlin Suites on Basement Floor and get to greet Past RI Vice President Anne L. Matthews, the RI President’s Personal Representative, in person.

Simultaneous Interpretation

For those of your members who speak little English or prefer the Cantonese dialect, they now have no excuse not to attend the District Conference because this year, we are providing simultaneous interpretation of the proceedings.  For those who really need the service, please approach the registration desk about the interpretation gadget and necessary arrangements.

Spouse Program

If your spouse has signed up for the spouse program, he/she would already have been given information about evening gown try-outs and make-up workshop on Day 1.  Their programs take place at the Basement floor of the Hotel.   On Day 2, the cooking class starts at 10 am and takes place at the Basement Floor.  For the voluntary service visit in Tung Chung, lunch and Ngong Ping 360, please remind your spouse to gather at 11 am at the Hotel Lobby.

Check out the Spouse Programs at http://55dc.soofwood.com/?section=preconf

 

Governor’s Banquet

Enjoy an evening of fun and entertainment at the awaited Governor’s Banquet in the evening of Day 1 starting 7:30 pm.  Do dress up for “Broadway Glitters” for you may win the Best Dress Award!  Also, try your luck with the silent bidding details of a “Memorigin Auspicious Series – Rotary 3450 Limited edition” Watch at the Banquet; or go for it at the BINGO!

Resolutions

Most of you have been entrusted by your club to be voters.  Remember to attend the Business Session on Day 2 starting 10 am and cast your vote at the Resolutions Session.

Foundation Lunch

At the Foundation Lunch on Day 2, District Rotary Foundation Chair PDG Peter Wan shall recognize following categories of contributing clubs and new donors by inviting them on stage for group photo taking:

Top 3 giving clubs (Annual Giving & Total Giving);

Top 3 giving areas (Annual Giving & Total Giving);

Major donors by level;

Paul Harris Society (PHS) members;

Paul Harris Fellows (PHF) and Multiple PHFs

All donors

Kindly ensure those members from your club do not miss out the Foundation Lunch.  If you or your club Foundation chair have the list of new PHF or Multiple PHFs donors from your club, please inform our Foundation Lunch coordinator PP Peter Lam (Tel: 93673940 or email: plam@netvigator.com) to help with better arrangement.

On Your Marks … the Coming Saturday, 25 April!

I am sure you are as excited as I am about the interesting program.  Let’s together make this Conference a memorable one.

Yours in Rotary,

Wilson Lam

District Conference Chair 2015

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