Rotary Zone Institute set for Sandestin

Staff Writer
The Destin Log
Robert Hall

Rotary International Director Robert Hall will convene the 2015 Zone Institute in Sandestin Oct. 23, 24 and 25. Rotarians in leadership roles from Zones 33-34 will be attending this conference. This Zone encompasses 29 districts in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern United States, the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, French Guiana, Guyana and Suriname. There are 26 countries and regions represented in this Zone, where Rotarians speak English, French, Dutch and Spanish as primary languages.

Several events are on tap for the Institute, including a focus on Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Charlene Hall, wife of Director Robert Hall is sponsoring a spouse’s project, which is to throw a party for and provide art, supplies, games and small sized personal products to Brookdale Destin Memory Care in Sandestin.

To support the emphasis on Alzheimer’s, several experts are scheduled to speak, including Carl White, a TV personality and executive producer for the Emmy nominated and award winning television show “Life in the Carolinas." He has also produced several documentaries on Alzheimer’s.

World Polio Day will also be observed at the Institute, which is Saturday, Oct. 24. To recognize World Polio Day and celebrate our successes so far, we will have two important speakers on that evening at the director’s banquet: Rotary International President-Elect John Germ, chair of Rotary’s International Polio Plus Committee, and Minda Dentler, a polio survivor and Ironman competitor.

Rotarian Robert Hall of the Dunwoody Rotary Club of Atlanta, Ga., in District 6900, is the director representing Zones 33-34. Robert is on the Rotary International Board of Directors for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 years. He is looking forward to successful and enjoyable institute.