Posted by Tim Moore on Jun 11, 2021
To celebrate our Centenary, this year’s Zone 8 conference is all about sharing the wonderful impact of Rotary.  It will take place on 11 & 12 September.
There are some great reasons to attend this year’s event:
  • Be inspired by Rotary projects in communities around our Zone
  • Meet some of our Rotary heroes – dedicating their lives to making a positive difference
  • Learn new ways to deepen engagement and impact from Rotary’s senior leaders
  • Connect with Rotary friends old and new
  • Share the ‘big picture’ of Rotary impact with your newer members
  • Be inspired to deepen your engagement and make an even greater difference through Rotary
The 2021 event is virtual with a flexible two-day program designed to inspire and energise you.  The event will have all the best elements of the face to face conference  – you can listen to great speakers, ask questions, network with Rotarians friends (old and new) and choose the sessions you want to attend – all from the comfort of your home or in a shared space with other Rotarians and friends.
This event will bring together the best of Rotary in one place over one weekend, running on both days from 11.30 – 1.00 pm AEST.
Registrations open 5th July 2021.
Lead Learn Act is this year’s Zone 8 conference theme, putting a spotlight on the essence of Rotarians and the way we get things done.
The theme also gives a clue to the conference content.  Hear from speakers who are leading our organisation and our impact, learn from thought leaders and be impressed by a host of Rotarians taking action to change lives in our communities.  Be inspired to Lead Learn Act in new ways that deepen our engagement and increase Rotary’s impact.


Keynote speakers

This year’s speakers are all people who lead with impact.  From Rotary’s senior leaders to Rotarians making a difference, to leaders in industries outside Rotary – all will inspire and energise you.
Shekhar Mehta – President, Rotary International
Jennifer Jones – President Elect, Rotary International
John Hewko – General Secretary and Chief Executive Officer, Rotary International
Ann Lee Hussey - Polio survivor, change-maker and Rotarian dedicated to eradicating polio
Gulam Vahanvaty – Trustee, The Rotary Foundation
Dean Rhors – Past Rotary International Vice-President and Trustee, The Rotary Foundation
Holly Corbett – Chair, Rotaract Australia
Mark Pearce – Chief Executive Officer, Volunteering Australia
Dr Robbie Francis Watene – Co-Founder, The Lucy Foundation, New Zealand
And featuring the Melbourne Gospel Choir

Video showcase

The 2021 Institute program on Saturday and Sunday will also include a video showcase of some of the most impactful projects delivered by Rotary clubs and Rotarians around our Zone. 

Breakout sessions

This year attendees will also have the opportunity to join with others to share their passion for the causes that matter to Rotarians – Eradicating disease, Responding to disaster, Preserving our environment, Changing Lives, Growing Rotary with new style clubs, Sharing Rotary’s impact.
These optional breakout sessions will feature Rotarians and the initiatives actually delivering impact on the ground.  They will provide plenty of opportunities for chat, ideas exchange and Q & A with panellists. 

Council on Legislation

2022 is the year that Rotary’s parliament – the Council on Legislation – meets to discuss proposals for change.  Hear what’s on the table for discussion in 2022 and share your thoughts and ideas with those voting on your behalf.

Happy Hours

Some of the best ideas – and the most fun - come from social networking.  Catch up with friends old and new with the Zone 8 Happy Hours over the conference week.  

Business session

Member of Zone 8 Rotary Institute will be able to participate in a Business Session – voting on Zone 8 committee memberships and other things.