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District Conference 2018 offered something for just about everyone.  Our thanks to District Governor Judy Hughes and her committee for a educational and fun filled weekend.
On Friday evening we heard from David Talbot and Crutches 4 Africa.  Since the inception of Crutches 4 Africa in 2005, over 100,000 free mobility devices have been given to people in need in 16 countries in Africa and 10 other countries in the developing world.   For more information on Crutches 4 Africa, click here.
We also heard from Amanda Ottman, a global connections officer for American Refugee Committee.  Amanda told us about the Rotaract Club of Nakivale, a refugee settlement located in southwest Uganda.  The Rotaract Club of Nakivlale became the first Rotaract Club established in a refugee settlement in 2007. 
During the day on Saturday, a couple dozen Rotarians, Rotaractors and youth exchange students joined together to build a play house for VOICe (Victim Outreach Intervention Center) in Cranberry.
During lunch on Saturday, we were introduced to our inbound and outbound Youth Exchange members.
Rotary International President Representative, PDG Scott Dudley, joined Rotary in 2001 but became a "Rotarian" on a wheelchair distribution trip to Mexico several years later.  Scott also shared with us his inspirational story of how he became an organ donor.
Our keynote speaker on Saturday night was Jerry Mills.  Jerry is an acclaimed educator, singer/song writer, story teller and motivational trainer who travels worldwide sharing an intensely personal look at the challenges we all face.  At the conclusion of his presentation, Jerry shared with us a video he created depicting clubs of our District in action.  The video is set to the music of the inspirational anthem titled "Come Join Us" which he composed for Rotary International in 2010.  This video can be used as a great membership recruitment tool.     To download the video, click here.
We would like to thank the Rotaractors from Allegheny College and Slippery Rock University for their participation in the activities all weekend.   In addition to their attendance at the District Conference,  they will be taking part in the Rotaract Pre-Convention activities as part of the Rotary International Convention in Toronto on June 22 and 23, 2018.   
On Friday,  we honored those Rotarians from our clubs that passed away this past year.  To view the Memorial Service, please click here.
Congratulations to the following clubs which received the Rotary District 7280 Club Awards for 2017 - 2018.
Evans City, Clarion, Portersville-Prospect, Zelienople, Cranberry Noon
Mercer, Franklin, Slippery Rock, Linesville, Port Allegany, Butler AM
Leechburg, Rich-Mar, Hermitage