Convention: Southern hospitality

Watch the Atlanta Braves play at SunTrust Park in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, site of the 2017 Rotary International convention.

The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends.

Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll watch the Atlanta Braves play the Philadelphia Phillies. If you like participatory sports, there will be a 3K Walk/Run for Peace at the beautiful Centennial Olympic Park.

Habitat for Humanity, a nonprofit dedicated to building housing for low-income families, calls Atlanta home. You can spend an afternoon helping build walls for a Habitat for Humanity house.

Because nothing builds friendships like sharing good food, the host committee has put together several dining events, including a block party with dishes from local restaurants and of course the traditional Host Hospitality Night, which will offer food and fellowship in several metro Atlanta neighborhoods.

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