World Affairs Seminar 2023
June 29, 2023
We warmly invite all Rotarians, sponsors and partners to join us for our first World Affairs Seminar Partner Day! Set for June 29 at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin, WAS Partner Day will showcase the work of our amazing student delegates, centered on our theme, Climate Change: Youth Take Action. We will be joined by a very special guest, Rotary International President-elect Gordon McInally, whose own theme, Create Hope in the World, dovetails with our WAS mission to advance Peace Through Understanding. Partner Day builds on our annual tradition to convene WAS supporters for a luncheon meeting on the last full day of the Seminar. You are welcome to attend any or all of the day’s events, as your schedule allows. All are welcome: past, present and prospective partners alike! Our “big tent” also includes Kiwanis, Optimists, Lions and Women’s Club members, school districts, etc. Please join us for a day to remember. And as always, thank you for your partnership and consideration!
Partner Day Agenda
Upon arrival at Carroll University (101 N East Ave, Waukesha, WI 53186), park in the Campus Center lot and check-in at the main lobby of the Campus Center to receive your guest badge. Greeters and signage will help direct you to each event location.
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Student Delegate-Led Mini Keynote Presentations
10:15 – 11:30 a.m.
Featured Keynote Presentation by Rotary International President-elect R. Gordon McInally
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
WAS Partner Meeting & Luncheon (with brief remarks from RI President-elect Gordon and select student delegates)
Recommended Donation: $25.00/attendee
Main Hall – Room B11
1:15 – 3:30 p.m.
Diplomacy Simulation: Climate Summit & Final Presentations
Campus Center, Stackner Ballroom
3:30 – 5:00 p.m.
WAS Partner Day Reception (with RI President-elect Gordon)
Sumptuous appetizers and cash bar – partners only, no students/delegates.
Recommended Donation: $25.00/attendee
Sneeden House (a beautiful, stately residence on campus with indoor and back yard garden seating)
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Many thanks to our WAS Partner Day sponsors, who will be recognized at the WAS Partner Luncheon Meeting and Reception
R. Gordon R. McInally
Rotary International President-elect 2022-23
Rotary Club of South Queensferry
West Lothian, Scotland
We are pleased to be joined by Rotary International President-elect Gordon McInally for WAS Partner Day.
R. Gordon R. McInally is president-elect of Rotary International. He was educated at the Royal High School in Edinburgh and at the University of Dundee, where he earned his graduate degree in dental surgery. He operated his own dental practice in Edinburgh until 2016. Gordon was chair of the East of Scotland branch of the British Paedodontic Society and has held various academic positions. He has also served as a presbytery elder, chair of the Queensferry parish congregational board, and commissioner to the general assembly of the Church of Scotland.
Gordon joined Rotary in 1984 at age 26. A member of the Rotary Club of South Queensferry, he has served as president and vice president of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI). He has also served RI as a director and on several committees, including as an adviser to the 2022 Houston Convention Committee and chair of the Operations Review Committee.
Gordon says he looks forward to working with members to build new Rotary clubs and groups. “My vision is that Rotary should exist everywhere in a style to suit everyone who has the desire to be part of us and to help us do good in the world,” he says.
Gordon is a patron of the UK-based nonprofit Hope and Homes for Children and led a partnership between that organization and RIBI to support children in Rwanda who had been orphaned in the genocide there. He is a patron of Trade-Aid, an initiative of the Rotary Club of Grantham Kesteven, Lincolnshire, England, that provides sustainable humanitarian aid to individuals, families, and businesses in the developing world. He is also an ambassador for Bipolar UK, a national mental health organization.
In his free time, Gordon enjoys rugby, good food and wine, and stick dressing, the traditional Scottish craft of making walking sticks.
Gordon describes The Rotary Foundation as “the fuel that provides the energy to do Rotary service.” He and his spouse, Heather, also a Rotarian, are Paul Harris Fellows, Major Donors, and Benefactors of The Rotary Foundation. They are also members of the Bequest Society.
Gordon wishes to dedicate his presidency to making the world a better place for his granddaughters, Ivy and Florence, to live and thrive.
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