Conference Schedule

Thursday, May 12 evening Foundation Dinner:

4:00 – 6:00 pm:   House of Friendship Exhibits are open! General attendee social with appetizers. Cash bar for alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

5:45 pm: Doors open for dinner. Entertainment begins.

Traditional Chinese Lion Dance by the Bennion Jr. High Chinese Culture Club: Get ready for an exuberant performance by a team of Chinese dual immersion students who love to celebrate Chinese culture! The lion dance is traditionally performed to celebrate the new year or other auspicious events and brings luck and prosperity to the community.

6:15 pm:  Program starts. Welcome! Utah Rotary’s Foundation gives an overview and impact. Intro to our evening’s speaker Big West Rotary Foundation Coordinator Ken Howell.

Friday, May 13 Breakfast

8:00 – 9:00 am:  Breakfast buffet opens. Exhibits in House of Friendship are open.

8:30 am: Color guard, pledge, invocation, welcome, review of day’s program schedule.

Invocation by Alex Shcheglovitov, Assistant Professor of Neurobiology at the University of Utah, recent émigré from Ukraine whose parents and extended family still live in this war-torn country.

8:45 am:  District service Paul Harris Fellow awards.

9:00 am:  Introduction of our Kick-Off Speaker, Rotary International Big West Director Vicki Puliz on our Conference theme of Connecting Today’s and Tomorrow’s Leaders – thru Rotary.

9:45 am:  Break

Friday morning May 13.   Concurrent sessions. All concurrent sessions are downstairs. 

10:00-10:45 am:   Choose one session:

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  • Rotary 101 – Plaza Ballroom A
  • Building Teams of Trust, Collaboration, and Results – Plaza Suite C
  • Project Management Basics – Plaza Suite D
  • Rotaract to Rotary connection – Plaza Ballroom B
  • Managing Generational Diversity – Plaza Suite E
  • Rotary Peace Fellows & the Positive Peace Index – Plaza Ballroom C

10:45 – 11:00 am:  Break

11:00 – 11:45 am:   Choose another session above.

11:45 – Noon: Break

Friday afternoon May 13. Lunch and Concurrent Sessions.

11:45 am – 12:15 pm:  Lunch opens. Exhibits in House of Friendship are open.

12:15 pm:  District Financials, Unsung Hero Award, Past RI President Cliff Dochterman Scouting Awards

12:45 pm: Intro to Lunch Speaker Utah State University Associate Professor Rob Davies: Defining Wicked in the Age of Humans

1:15 pm: Break. All concurrent sessions are downstairs.

1:30 – 2:30 pm:  Choose one session:

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  • Effective Management Techniques – Plaza Suite C
  • Identifying your Management Style – Plaza Suite D
  • Conflict Resolution in the Workplace – Plaza Suite E
  • Civic action, advocacy, and engagement – Plaza Ballroom A
  • Collaborative service – Plaza Ballroom B
  • Working with Refugees – Plaza  Ballroom C

2:30 – 2:45 pm:  Break

2:45 – 3:45 pm:  Choose another session above.

Friday evening May 13:

3:45 – 6:00 pm:  House of Friendship Exhibits open!

4:00  -5:30 pm:  General attendee social with appetizers. Cash bar for alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

4:00 – 5:30 pm:  Private reception for Utah Rotary Paul Harris Society members and major donors with retired Chief Justice of the Utah Supreme Court Christine Durham. Cash bar for alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

Ukele entertainment by Kengo James Adachi.

5:45 pm: Doors open for dinner. Entertainment begins:

Yerusalemu Mpya Tanzanian Choir: These singers, originally from Tanzania, and based in Salt Lake City, love to share their culture through songs in Swahili!

6:00 pm:  Rotaract Club of the Year award.

6:15 pm:  Program starts. Rotary International Service Above Self Award presentation.

6:30 pm:  Intro to Keynote Dinner speaker retired Chief Justice of the Utah Supreme Court Christine Durham.

8:00 pm:  Dinner concludes.

Saturday, May 14 Breakfast:

8:00 am:  Breakfast buffet opens. Exhibits in House of Friendship are open.

8:30 am:  Welcome. Invocation by Crystal Bayat, an Afghan social activist and human rights advocate known for her protests against the Taliban takeover, who now resides in Salt Lake.

District Rotary Service above Self Awards (excellent club service) honoring the Afghan Refugee Initiative, the Cache Valley Humanitarian Center, and Utah’s first Family Rotary Club.

9:00 am:  Intro to Breakfast Speaker Director of Migration & Refugee Services Aden Batar, Catholic Community Services: Hope when Home is Lost.

 9:45 am:  Break

Saturday morning May 14. Concurrent sessions. All concurrent sessions downstairs.

10:00 – 10:45 am: Choose one session:

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  • Public Image Strategies for Generating Awareness and Raising Money – Plaza Ballroom B
  • Human Trafficking Awareness & Prevention – Plaza Ballroom A
  • Understanding Unconscious Bias – Plaza Suite C
  • How to Build Better Communities –Plaza Suite D
  • 10:00 am only The RYLA Interact Relationship / 11:00 am only What is Rotary Youth Exchange? – Plaza Suite E
  • How Volunteers Become Leaders in your Organization – Plaza Ballroom C

10:45 – 11:00 am: Break

11:00 – 11:45 am:  Choose another session above.
Please note: What is Youth Exchange? replaces The RYLA Interact Relationship during this time period in the same room.

11:45 am – Noon:  Break

Saturday, May 14 Lunch and Service Projects:

11:45 am – noon:  Lunch is served.

Noon – 12:30 pm:  Rotary Club of the Year award, Rotarian of the Year award.

 12:30 pm: Intro to our Lunch Speaker CEO of Girls Rule, Dena Patton: Girls Change the World, Leadership Principles that help girls thrive.

 1:15 pm:  Conference Closing remarks.

1:30 pm:  Instructions for afternoon service projects:

  • Domestic violence survivors support: Ogden YCC – Plaza Ballroom A
  • VA hospital veterans care packages: Salt Lake City – Plaza Ballroom B
  • Food insecurity: Cedar City Fiddlers Elementary School – Plaza Ballroom C

2:00 pm:  Service projects commence, opening with speakers on each need in each project location within the venue.

3:00 pm:  Service projects are over!

Thank you for attending the 2022 Utah Rotary District Conference!