With touches of technology, entertainment, innovation, and opportunities to sweat and serve, Rotacon 2018 is a district conference designed to engage Rotarians, their guests, and familes for a weekend full of inspirational stories, entertaining sessions, and educational breakouts. Enjoy time with your fellow club members and get to know 1,000 Rotarians and their guests from all over District 6900 in a relaxing and entertaining environment that is Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort.
If you've been to district conference before, you'll notice a few things different at Rotacon 2018. Opportunities to learn in breakout session format about compelling Rotary programs as well as engaging lifestyle learning sessions have been added. General sessions will be designed to take place within 90 minutes so that more time can be dedicated to enjoying time with fellow Rotarians, family, and friends. And perhaps the biggest difference will be that celebration of club achievements will take the form of an Oscars-style service award night in lieu of our traditional club achievement awards which are being moved out of the district conference program to a separate celebration later in the Rotary year.
If you've never been to a district conference, you'll find that Rotacon 2018 is designed with the average Rotarian and guest in mind.
Bring the family and enjoy an incredible, entertaining weekend in a beautiful setting!
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ALL TIMES CENTRAL
Registration will be open:
Thursday 7:00 - 9:00 pm - Rotacon Geek Night (ticketed event) - wear your most obnoxious Rotary gear and enjoy a low country boil with live music
Friday morning - Rotacon Adventure - spend time enjoying Sandestin's range of activities including Rotacon golf, tennis, and spa packages, and special activities for family and guests (refer to the Adventure tab)
Friday lunch - 12:30 pm - located on the Azalea level of the Baytowne Conference Center
Friday afternoon 1:30 - 3:30 pm - Rotacon You - learn about impactful Rotary initiatives such as Rotary Means Business, engaging young leaders, creative club formats, and developing partners at home and abroad.
Friday "Moonshine Madness" 1:00 - 2:30 pm - enjoy a sampling of Georgia moonshines in the Friendship Lounge. Free to registered attendees on a first come, first served basis. Donations to support the Coins for Alzheimer's Research Trust (CART) are encouraged.
Friday bowtie reception 4:30 - 5:45 pm - wear your best (or most fun) bowtie in honor of DG Alec for a reception on the Grand Lawn behind the Grand Sandestin (adjacent to the Baytowne Conference Center).
Friday evening 5:45 - 7:30 pm - Rotacon Inspiration - General Session #1 featuring:
Friday dinner 7:30 pm - enjoy dinner on the Grand Lawn behind the Grand Sandestin (adjacent to the Baytowne Conference Center).
Friday hospitality - following dinner, visit 7 club-sponsored hospitality suites plus the Friendship Lounge, all located the 3rd floor of the Grand Sandestin.
Saturday early morning
Saturday breakfast 8:00 am - located on the Azalea level of the Baytowne Conference Center
Saturday late morning 10:30 am - 12:00 pm - The Rotacon Talk (TED-style social innovation topics) - General Session #2 featuring:
NOTE: This session is open to the general public. Ticket price is $20. Visit https://rotary6900.org/v2/event/3306 to register. Registered attendees of Rotacon are automatically registered to attend.
Saturday afternoon - Rotacon Casual - ENJOY THE BEACH! Or if you'd like to stay in indoors, enjoy a lifestyle learning session or even a live painting session for all to view by the top portrait artist in the world, Ross Rossin!
Saturday reception for District-Governor Elect Court Dowis 4:00 - 5:15 pm - celebrate at the lower level and veranda of the Baytown Conference Center before the Rotacon Academy Service Awards and show your support for DGE Court.
Saturday evening 5:15 - 7:00 pm - Rotacon Academy Service Awards - General Session #3 - start the evening by meeting the 2018-19 District Governor, Court Dowis, and his leadership team followed by celebration of an incredible year of service and Rotarian sweat in an Oscars-style awards presentation for Best Community Project and Best International Project in each of our club categories. Clubs can express their Hollywood personalities by selecting a favorite movie and asking all participants from their clubs to dress in the style of that movie. The program will wrap up by 7:00 p.m. to allow attendees time to enjoy dinner with their clubs, family, or friends.
Saturday dinner - time for clubs and Rotarians to enjoy their own time together.
Saturday hospitality - following dinner, visit 7 club-sponsored hospitality suites plus the Friendship Lounge, all located the 3rd floor of the Grand Sandestin
Sunday interfaith service 7:30 am - located in the Camellia Room on the Azalea level of the Baytowne Conference Center.
Sunday breakfast 8:00 am - buffet-style breakfast will be provided at Magnolia level of the Baytown Conference Center before the closing general session.
Sunday morning 9:00 - 10:30 am - Rotacon Celebration - General Session #4 featuring:
Whether you're new to Rotary or have been a member for many years, you're sure to learn something new! All sessions will be located in the upper level of the Baytowne Conference Center (Azalea Level).
|1:30 - 2:30 pm||2:30 - 3:30 pm|
|Azalea II||International Projects:
Building Partners at Home and Abroad
Presented by Jason Binder
|Student Bystander Empowerment Campaign:
Be THE Voice
Presented by Debbie Cwalina
|Azalea III||Rotary Foundation:
What It Means For Your Club Projects
Presented by Cheryl Greenway
|Rotary Community Corps:
Community Solutions for Community Challenges
Presented by Kirk Driskell
|Camellia I||Rotary Leadership:
Opportunities to Serve Above the Club Level
Presented by Fran Milberg
|Leveraging Club Flexibility:
Working Outside the Boundaries
Presented by Al Lipphardt
|Camellia II||Rotary Means Business:
Helping Fellow Rotarians Grow Their Businesses
Presented by Art MacQueen and Scott Yochum
Rotaractors Sharing Ideas
Presented by Jeremy Moore
Beachside Studio* $ 243.00
Beachside 1 Bdrm* $ 265.00
Beachside 2 Bdrm* $ 340.00
Beachwalk 2 Bdrm $ 249.00
Bayside 3 Bdrm $ 312.00
Bayside at Sandestin-Guest Room $ 150.00
Village 2 Bdrm $ 286.00
Grand Complex Studio $ 180.00
Grand Complex 1 Bdrm $ 200.00
Grand Complex 2 Bdrm $ 286.00
Grand Complex 3 Bdrm $ 355.00
A deposit of one night’s room rate is required to secure rooms.
All room rates quoted DO NOT include 12% fees and 11% taxes.
All requests are subject to availability at time booking request is received.
Any other type of accommodation besides what is in your block will vary in cost depending on location.
Rooms are available to be reserved three days prior and three days post event on a space-available basis.
*A 3-night minimum is required for Westwinds, Beachside Towers and Luau accommodations.
* The above rates are available from Monday, April 23 – Monday April, 30, 2018
The Grand Complex consists of accommodations in the Grand Sandestin®, Lasata, Bahia, and Elation
IF ONE OF THE ABOVE ROOM TYPES ARE UNAVAILABLE ON-LINE, PLEASE CALL THE RESERVATIONS DEPARTMENT AT 800-320-8115 TO CHECK FOR AVAILABILITY. USE GROUP CODE: 23M98Y
Deposit is refundable in the event of individual room cancellation, provided notice is received by Sandestin® seven days prior to scheduled arrival date.
One of the most popular aspects of district conference is the Hospitality Suite. A true Rotary tradition, much of the fellowship and magic of a district conference takes place in the Hospitality Suite where people gather to sample food and beverages in a friendly and festive environment.
Sandestin affords an ideal setup for Hospitality Suites where a block of rooms can be assembled all in one general location in the Grand Sandestin. All of our hospitality suites will be located on the third floor of the Grand Sandestin. For questions related to hospitality suites, please contact Hospitality Suite Co-chairs, Elwyn Gaissert (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jeanette Jezerinac-Prince (email@example.com).
This year a new district-wide Hospitality Suite will be introduced called the Friendship Lounge. Located in the same area with club Hospitality Suites, the Friendship Lounge will be a place for all conference attendees, especially those that don’t have a Hospitality Suite home, to gather and celebrate. Clubs that would like to participate in hosting the Friendship Lounge will have the option do so for as little as $250. If your club in interested in learning more, visit the Sponsorship tab and contact Friendship Lounge Chair, Jaclyn Donovan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The House of Friendship is a well-known part of district conference because it highlights the magnificent work performed by clubs over the Rotary year. At Rotacon 2018, clubs will not be asked to develop scrapbooks as part of any judging or awards process, but clubs who are excited to share their club’s good work will be able to do so by submitting a short video (3 minutes max) which will be played on a district-provided display in the Magnolia Foyer (main registration area).
Videos may be uploaded using this link -->>http://bit.ly/RotaconYearSummaryVideos
Supporting Rotacon 2018 as a sponsor is a great way to help make district conference as successful and unique as possible. Sponsorship levels are available for a wide range of budgets. Join Rotacon 2018 as a sponsor and your name, club, or company will be recognized in a variety of ways including on the official event t-shirt (sample image shown at the bottom of the page) and as listed below.
Rotacon Conference Supporters
|Rotacon Presenting Sponsor||$7,500 (only 1)||Full page ad inside front cover of program booklet, logo will go on sleeve of event t-shirt, recognized during general sessions, and recognition will be given on district website, Facebook page, and conference signage display|
|Rotacon Gold||$5,000 (only 2)||½ page ad rear cover of program booklet, logo will go on back of event t-shirt, recognized during general sessions, and recognition will be given on district website, Facebook page, and conference signage display|
|Rotacon Silver||$2,500 (only 3)||½ page ad inside rear cover of program booklet, logo will go on back of event t-shirt, recognized during general sessions, and recognition will be given on district website, Facebook page, and conference signage display|
Rotacon Session Sponsors
|Thursday Geek Night||$500|
|Friday Rotary Learning Sessions||$500|
|Friday DG Bowtie Reception||$500|
|Friday Rotacon Inspiration - General Session #1||$1,000|
|Saturday Polio Walk||$500|
|Saturday Rise Against Hunger Service Event||$500|
|Saturday Rotacon Innovation - General Session #2||$1,000|
|Saturday Lifestyle Educational Sessions||$500|
|Saturday Evening DGE Reception||$500|
|Saturday Rotacon Academy Service Awards and Hollywood Theme Night - General Session #3||$1,000|
Other Rotacon Sponsorships
|Friendship Lounge Overall Sponsor||$1,000|
|Friendship Lounge Shift Sponsor||$250||Join in the Friendship Lounge fun by sponsoring a shift and providing two volunteers from your club that will serve as Friendship Lounge Ambassadors. Shifts will be: Thursday evening, Friday morning, Friday evening, Saturday morning, and Saturday evening. Contact Friendship Lounge Chair Jaclyn Donovan at email@example.com for more details.|
|Social Media Sponsor||$500||Will support use of a social media aggregating tool for use during the conference|
|Official Rotacon T-shirt Sponsor (SEE SAMPLE AT BOTTOM OF PAGE)||$1,500||Sponsor logo will go on the t-shirt sleeve|
|Speaker Gift Sponsor||$500|
|Rotacon Attendee Gift Bag Sponsor||$500|
|Rotacon Program Booklet Sponsor||$500|
If you're looking for a place to share fellowship with Rotarians from around the district, look no further than the Friendship Lounge. Clubs have the opportunity to sponsor for $250 and claim the Friendship Lounge for shift. Only a few open spots remain - contact Friendship Lounge Chair Jaclyn Donovan at firstname.lastname@example.org to secure one of the final spots.
Special programs in the Friendship Lounge:
Friendship Lounge Schedule
Thursday - 4:30-6:30, 8:30-close
Thur 4:30-6:30 pm
Thur 8:30 pm to close
Friday - 9:00-5:00, 8:30-close
Fri 9:00 - 11:00 am
Fri 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Fri 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Fri 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Fri 8:30 pm to close
Saturday - 8:00-10:00, 12:00-5:00, 8:30-close
Sat 8:00 - 10:00 am
Sat 12:00 - 2:30 pm
Sat 2:30 - 5:00 pm
Sat 8:30 pm to close
ROTACON CONFERENCE GOLF
Organize your foursome now for a round of golf at one of three beautiful award-winning courses at Sandestin.
To make your reservation call John Newell at (850) 267-8210. Identify yourself as part of the Rotary District 6900 Conference to get Conference Rates when you schedule your tee time.
The Links Golf Club
The Links Golf Club is the original course at Sandestin and was named one of the “Top Five Golf Courses in Northwest Florida” by Florida Golf News, The Links Golf Club is the ultimate in risk-reward golf, offering you some game-changing challenges while also providing spectacular views on the Choctawhatchee Bay. (Pro tip: accuracy and proper club selection are a must if you want to outfox the prevailing Gulf Coast winds). Renowned architect Tom Jackson designed this winding layout against the backdrop of the Baytowne Marina and the Choctawhatchee Bay with five bayside holes. The inks Golf Club plays from 4,897 to 6,710-yards and has four sets of tees.
Conference Rates $64.00 (incl golf cart and taxes)
Baytowne Golf Club
This esteemed course is now even more popular after an extensive renovation in 2005 by original course designer, the legendary Tom Jackson. Now offering one of the most sought-after golf experiences in the crowded field of courses in Northwest Florida, the Baytowne Golf Club has twice been hailed by Golf Digest’s Places to Play with a stellar 4 ½ stars ranking. Routing here will take you from the beach to the bay and features some of the only elevation changes in the area. Excellent for all skill levels, the Baytowne course is as forgiving from the forward tees as it is challenging from the championship ones. The course also offers a fifth set of U.S. Kids junior tees, making great play for beginners, kids, or getting in a quick afternoon round. Baytowne Golf Club plays 3,002 to 6,804 yards.
Conference Rates $78.00 (incl golf cart and taxes)
Raven Golf Club
Masterfully carved through the marshes, wetlands and pine trees of Sandestin, Robert Trent Jones Jr. crafted this unique and visually stunning par 71 layout into what he calls "a true modern traditional." Voted "Best New Course in Florida in 2000" by Florida Golf News, host of the Champions Tour in 2006-2007, hailed with 4 1/2 Stars by Golf Digest in 2006 and 2008, and named “#14 in Florida" by Golf Magazine, Raven is a must-play during your stay. This is where you can elevate your game on a course that presents an exciting array of shot options set-up by dramatic changes in color and texture, such as the large, undulating greens that make club selection an essential part of each round. Pair it all with Raven Golf Club's nationally recognized guest service and you have all the makings of an unforgettable South Walton golf experience. Raven Golf Club plays from 5,060 to 6,931 yards and offers four sets of tees.
Conference Rates $98.00 (incl golf cart and taxes)
ROTACON CONFERENCE SPA
What a perfect time to pamper yourself! Take advantage of the Rotary District 6900 Spa Discounts. The following services are ROTACON specials and include the 20% gratuity
50 Min. Swedish Massage $ 105
50 Min. Custom Facial $ 120
50 Min. Sports Massage $ 115
Spa Mani and Spa Pedi $95
Call and schedule your appointment (850) 267-6466. Don’t forget to tell them you are attending the Rotary District 6900 Conference when you make your appointment.
SEASIDE Walking Tour (preregistration required)
SEASIDE®, built on 80 acres on Florida’s Gulf Coast, is located on South Walton County’s Hwy. 30-A, between Panama City Beach and Destin. Acclaimed world-wide as one of the iconic examples of New Urbanism, SEASIDE® offers a thriving town center with shopping and dining, all within walkable distance to homes, cottages and offices. Consisting of more than 300 homes, many of them vacation rentals, the community offers more than 12 restaurants and eateries, and 41 shops and galleries.
SEASIDE® is currently being featured on the Cooking Channel’s Emeril’s Florida, was recently named the “Best Beach on Earth” for families by Travel + Leisure magazine and included in USA Today’s “Top 10 Best Beach Towns in Florida (2013) by “Dr. Beach.” The holiday town was also the primary filming location of the classic movie “The Truman Show.”
SEASIDE® has become a prominent topic in architectural schools and in housing-industry magazines, is visited by design professionals from throughout the United States and is included in the American Institute of Architects (Florida chapter) list of Florida Architecture: 100 Years 100 Places.
SEASIDE® is also known as the location for the filming of the “The Truman Show,” the 1998 Jim Carrey movie about a man who unknowingly lives his life as a reality-show star, director Peter Weir knew the location would set the tone – ideally creating a dreamlike quality in a real-life place.
Shuttle will depart Sandestin at 12:30 allowing time for lunch and shopping at Seaside prior to the walking tour at 2:00PM.Shuttle will depart Seaside for return to Sandestin Conference Center by 3:30.
Cost for the Tour includes shuttle to Seaside and Guided Walking Tour $20.00.
Contact Rotarian Karen Nolan for more information and to sign up for this excursion.Karen can be reached at (404) 510-8285 or email email@example.com
30A Airboat Adventures (preregistration required)
Are you ready for a thrilling eco-tour gliding through the pristine back waters of South Walton? Sign up to explore the serene landscape and beautiful wildlife of the third largest river in Florida in terms of water volume discharged.
30A Airboat Adventures Launch Location, 1462 N Co Hwy 395 Santa Rosa Beach, FL. Transportation to the Launch Location (20-minute drive) is the Rotarians responsibility.Launch will depart at 1:30.
Only 18 slots are available to this fun adventure.Cost is $50.00 for adult and $40.00 for children.
Contact John Norton at (770) 851-6149 to secure your reservation.
Other Fun Stuff
Beach and Lawn Games. Want to help organize your favorite games or put out a challenge for a game of beach volleyball? Contact Mary Ulich (678) 524-5138 or Deborah Swofford (770) 713-2983.
At this year’s District Conference, the Saturday evening general session - the Rotacon Academy Service Awards - will be solely focused on recognizing our clubs’ outstanding service projects in an Oscars-style format. The goal is to celebrate Rotary and the good Rotarians do in the world – to celebrate ROTARY: MAKING A DIFFERENCE. And to make it fun, each club is asked to choose a favorite movie and have club members dress up in the style of the move.
Each club will have the opportunity to submit their two best projects for consideration. If projects are shared between clubs, then the lead club will prepare the submission. Now is the time to capture all of the awesome projects you do throughout the year in pictures and videos!
Project submissions will be due by March 15, 2018 through the District website, and should be described in 250 words or less but may be accompanied by photos and video. After an initial round of judging by Assistant Governors to determine award nominees, all Rotarians throughout the District will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite project – because of its impact, uniqueness, scope, innovativeness, the needs it met or because it was so memorable – between April 1 and April 21 through the District website. And then, at District Conference on the evening of Saturday, April 28th, each nominee will be highlighted and your favorite projects will be announced. So let the projects begin and best wishes for great success on everything you do, great or small, that makes this world a better place - that makes a difference!
Download an overview of the awards process here -->> https://rotary6900.org/resource/748
Specific details on award categories and voting guidelines will be issued directly to clubs soon. Please email District Conference Awards Chair, Rene Lanier, with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re excited for the dramatic changes in our awards structure this year and hope all clubs will take the opportunity to highlight how Rotary is making a difference in our communities and around the world!
Follow the event at -->> http://bit.ly/FBRotaconevent
Tag posts on social media with #Rotacon2018 and #18Rotary6900. Social media from throughout the year will be aggregated and displayed throughout the conference.
Got a question? Send it to Ryan Clements at email@example.com
Frequently Asked Questions
You might be asking yourself “so, what’s with all of the videos?” Here’s a quick summary.
Where will conference activities be held?
When you enter the Sandestin property, proceed to The Grand Sandestin and Baytowne Conference Center. Rotacon 2018 registration will take place in the Baytowne Conference Center.
What is the route for the 5k run/walk?
The 5k route is a basically one loop around Baytowne Ave (on the sidewalk) starting and stopping just outside the front door of the Grand Sandestin.
How far is it from the conference center area to all of the shops, restaurants, and bars?
It's about 200 steps from the conference center to Baytowne Wharf.
How do I get there, and how do I check in?
See below instruction. Download a PDF by clicking here.
How do I get to Baytowne Marina for Thursday night's Rotary Geek Night?