Torquay 2018

Last update 9.10.2018

District 1070


21st-23rd September 2018


See the DOGOODERY conference presentation given by Chris Well by clicking HERE

The Conference Manager’s Comments – Bob McKinlay

Both the Saturday and Sunday plenary sessions were very well attended and we heard from a wide variety of speakers, both Rotarian and non – Rotarian. Several had been specially requested by DG Tim and provided a good insight into many different areas including Waitrose/RYLA, Round the World sailing and modern slavery. As ever, our District Rotaract Representative Chris Wells gave us a high tech non-stop account of what he and all of the other (expanding) clubs in the District have been doing – all summed up with their slogan DOGOODERY! The Sunday morning session was preceded by Cecilia Riddall Bell playing her harp – at the tender age of just 12.
We were honoured with a visit from the RI President’s Representative Virpi Honkala and her husband Matti, from Finland. It was noticeable that Virpi’s command of English was vastly better than our Finnish!
RIBI were represented by Donna Wallbank – who will be RIBI President next year.
DG Tim was magnificent and held it all together with his unique style of presentation, giving pen pictures of each of his guests in turn which was very well received by the delegates.

250 people enjoyed the Friday evening hot fork buffet and entertainment from singers Andy Quinn and Hilary Leam and the magic skills of Jack Dent.
The Gala Dinner on Saturday evening was attended by over 360 Rotarians and their partners. We were very well entertained by the six members of the all – girl Daisy Chains who, with a mixture of swing, boogie and even jazz numbers had everyone up and dancing.
The feedback we have had, both from the forms in every delegates pack and verbally, has been very positive and it seems that the conference was enjoyed by all. I must thank my Conference team for the incredible amount of work put in by everyone to make the Conference go so well and so smoothly. Several were new to their jobs and all rose to the occasion splendidly.

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What experiences did District Conference have for you ?

● Were you inspired ? – our district always has fantastic speakers at conference, ones that will inspire Rotarians to continue what we do in Rotary in order to improve the lives of others.

● Were you motivated ? – meeting and talking to Rotarians from around the district is always amazing, just hearing how much we do should easily motivate you to do more.

● Were you enthused ? – there’s one quality that all Rotarians need, enthusiasm, and believe us when you attend a conference you should certainly leave enthused to support Rotary, your club and your community.

● DID YOU HAVE FUN ?? – there’s no point in doing something if it’s not fun, and conferences are always, most definitely, fun!   Not only do you get to spend more time with your fellow club members, you get to enjoy a beautiful part of the world and take in new experiences.

Friday 21st September 2018

11am – DG Tim Tees Off at the Conference Golf Tournament

(See bottom of page for golf results and more pics)

6.30pm – Hot fork buffet in the Arena of the RIC

8.30pm Show Time

Magic with Jack Dent                                                                 Singing Duo Andy Quinn & Hilary Leam

Saturday 22nd September

8.30am House of Friendship Opens

Sergeant at Arms – John Aked

9 am – Conference commences with District Sergeant at Arms John introducing DG Tim Tucker


R I Representative Virpi Honkala


Little Faces – Sally Searle

Trafficking/Slavery – Sue Doughty & Ray Klingels   

John Lewis Partnership – Ryan Whittaker

Round The World Sailing – Kirsten Pollock

DGN Peter Berry

RI Convention HAMBURG 2019 – DGN Peter Berry

RIBI President Elect– Donna Wallbank introduces Chris Wells (Rotaract) and DOGOODERY



The world of advertising – Julian Gee


Gala Dinner & Ball, with The Daisy Chains

Sunday 23rd September

Harpist, Ceclia Riddall Bell

Thought for the Day – Pastor John Teeuwen

Our Inner Wheel – Barbara Rogers

Promotion of 2019 Southport District Conference – DGE Rodney Spokes

R I Director – Bryan Stoyel

Geoff Mackey

Introduction of Bill Hill as the new SAA


Presentation of Citations to Club Representatives

Conference Summary – Virpi Honkala

Special Guest Speaker – Anne Diamond

Final summary and conference closure from DG Tim


2018 Venue TORQUAY

The English Riviera offered a beautiful – and practical location for the 1070 conference despite the gale force winds and the rain…..

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The Conference Centre

The conference venue was the Riviera International Centre, located in the heart of the community and with an inspirational setting by the sea. Take a Virtual Tour of the centre HERE.
Riviera International Centre
Chestnut Avenue
Torquay, Devon TQ2 5LZ


Booking your accommodation for Torquay should have been easy ?
Conference English Riviera set up a designated booking website for Conference.
The hassle-free online booking system was easy to use ?  
Go to




The Golf Competition was played on Friday 21st September, at CHURSTON GOLF CLUB in gale force windy conditions….

The team winners were Kenneth and Helen Argo, from the Corby Club. Their combined total was 55 points.
Helen was also the leading lady, with 26 points.
Mark Pettit from Ramsey won the Men’s Competition and was the overall individual winner with 31 points (on count back from Richard Power of Leicester).


Established in the late 1800’s, it is doubtful if you will find an 18 hole golf course in the South West in a more idyllic location or in a better condition than Churston. It sits proudly overlooking Torbay with stunning coastal views, running alongside the South West coastal path from Churston to Brixham. There are two practice putting greens, two chipping areas, four outside nets, an indoor golf simulation system, and a full driving range.

2018 Conference Registration is closed .

2018 REGISTRATION FEES – £ 34 per person or £10 for Rotaractor

2018 REGISTRATION FEES – £ 34 per person or £10 for Rotaractor
PAYMENT BY BACS. Email the completed Registration form to and submit payment to “RIBI District Conference A/C” SORT CODE 40-46-03 Account No. 61839101. The name of the Leading Rotarian and Club MUST be shown with the BACS payment in order to be paired with the e.mailed registration form which can be downloaded from HERE as an EXCEL doc.
PAYMENT BY CHEQUE. Please post the completed form to ELAINE VANDELLI, 7 HEYCOCK CLOSE, FLECKNEY, LEICESTER. LE 8 8UH accompanied by cheque payable to “RIBI District Conference A/C” The postal registration form can be downloaded from HERE as a PDF doc.

2018 Conference Key Contacts

Conference Manager – Bob McKinlay (Grantham Kesteven)

Conference Secretary – Roger McDermott ( Coalville)

Registration – Elaine Vandelli (Kibworth & Fleckney)

House of Friendship – Ian Neale (Melton Mowbray)

Golf Competition – Iain Martin (St Ives)

Publicity & Web Page – Malcolm Riddle (Blaby Meridian)

The 2019 District Conference will be held in Southport
20th & 21st September 2019


Preparations are well under way for the Conference….see the “2019 Southport” Web Page for Latest News…

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