Register Now for 2018 Rotary Summit

 
Engage with Rotarians and friends from five districts that serve New England and Quebec at the historic Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. Enjoy great conversations, delicious food, inspiring speeches, and so much more, including a service project that will join Rotarians, their families, Interactors, Rotaractors, RYLArins, and Youth Exchange students at the site of so many historic events. 
 
The Summit begins on Friday, May 4 at 12:00 noon and ends on Sunday, May 6 at 12:00 noon. 
 
This Summit is the ultimate showcase for the programs and projects underway at each of the Rotary and Rotaract clubs in five Districts: 7780, 7790, 7850, 7910 and 7930. Share and be inspired by other service-minded individuals - and expand how you will be Making a Difference!
 
Don't miss out on the best of best, as we go all-out at your 2018 Rotary Summit! It takes only three easy steps for you to register for the Summit. 
 
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The Venue

 
Join Rotarians from around New England and Quebec at the historic Mount Washington Hotel for a weekend of great food, fun and fellowship.

The Program

 
Witness how 5 Districts, working of 4 Goals over 3 Days, focused on 2 Words fulfill the Summit Mission of Creating Positive Impact, Through Caring Service, Powered by You!
 

The Project

 
Our on-site service project will bring together hundreds of service-minded individuals to serve our communities and this Rotary year's theme: Making a Difference!
 
Summit News

Years ago, the first time I approached the kingly, red-roofed Omni Mount Washington Resort (commonly called the Mount Washington Hotel), I was awestruck. Majestically perched on a verdant pasture parallel to the Presidential Mountain Range in view of Mount Washington, the Spanish Renaissance Revival style hotel opened in 1902. It’s a place entirely of another era. It was a marvel to me that day and every time I’ve gone back since that the structure still stands proud.

While the Mount Washington is the last vestige of a bygone era, there was a period when grand hotels were prevalent in the White Mountains.

During the mid-1800s, the peaks and valleys of northern New Hampshire began to lure wealthy travelers in search of cooler summer weather. As railroad lines to the region were constructed, an infusion of grand hotels sprouted up in the area. At one point, regular passenger service to Breton Woods, the original name of the geographic area at the base of Mount Washington (the highest peak in the Northern United States), included 35 to 55 trains a day.

By the turn of the 20th century, there were nearly two-dozen grand hotels in the White Mountains. The last such hotel built was the Mount Washington Hotel, sprawled upon 10,000 acres, by far the grandest of them all.

The driving force behind the hotel was Joseph Stickney, a native New Englander who made his fortune as a coal broker. In 1900, Stickney set about creating a grand palazzo equipped with every imaginable elegance and convenience. Charles Alling Gifford, an obscure New York architect, drafted plans for the Y-shaped structure, which had an innovative steel infrastructure and two eight-sided five-story towers to break up the horizontal lines of the building.

It cost $1.25 million (nearly $50 million by today’s standards) to design and build what was then, and still is, the largest primarily wooden structure in New England.

Rotary International President Ian Riseley and his wife, Juliet Riseley (a past district governor), will be joining us on Friday, May 4 as we kickoff our 2018 Rotary Summit. It is a special occasion when Rotarians from New England and Quebec have an opportunity to hear RI's president speak live. His charm, wit, and incredible ability to engage the audience will be a highlight of the weekend.
 
Be sure to register early, as Friday's dinner will sell out. Riseley will share his vision for Rotary, his goals for this Rotary year, and how we, as Rotarians, and friends of Rotarians, can increase the positive impact we have in the world.
 

Riseley emphasizes that meaningful partnerships with corporations and other organizations are crucial to Rotary’s future. “We have the programs and personnel and others have available resources,” he says. “Doing good in the world is everyone’s goal. We must learn from the experience of the polio-eradication program to maximize our public-awareness exposure for future partnerships.”

To learn more on Ian Riseley, in English, click here.

To learn more on Ian Riseley, in French, click here.

The Mount Washington Hotel is located in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, which is part of a land grant made in 1772 by Royal Governor John Wentworth. The area was named after Bretton Hall, Wentworth's ancestral home in Yorkshire, England.

The superstructure of the hotel boasted a steel network, uncommon in its day. The hotel was built by New Hampshire native Joseph Stickney, who made his fortune in coal mining and the Pennsylvania Railroad. He spared no expense in building the imposing hotel. The latest design and construction methods were used. Innovative and complicated heating and plumbing systems were installed. To this day, the Mount Washington Hotel has its own private telephone system and Post Office.

To learn more on The Mount Washington Hotel, in English only, click here