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Eve Conway, Rotary International Director 2023-25, invites you to the ​Rotary Action Summit, coming to Newcastle this November.

One of the great joys of being a part of Rotary is being connected to 1.4 million ​other changemakers, in our local areas and around the world.

Rotary Action Summits, formerly known as Institutes, are one of the highlights of ​our calendars, giving us all a chance to come together, network, learn and be ​inspired.

This year’s Action Summit heads to Newcastle, from 8th – 10th November, and ​I’m extending the invitation to all Rotary members across Great Britain and ​Ireland to experience this for yourselves.

We’re excited to have Rotary leaders from across Great Britain and Ireland, and ​the world, joining us too.

Alongside myself, our first wave of speakers includes Mário César Martins de ​Camargo, who takes on the role of Rotary International President from 1st July ​2025. Mário, a member of the Rotary Club of Santo André, São Paulo, Brazil, has ​put boosting Rotary’s public image high on his priorities.

rotary action summit

taking place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Newcastle

from 8th-10th november

As well as Mário, we’ll also be joined by Holger Knaack, Trustee of The Rotary ​Foundation, so expect amazing examples of how the Foundation is supporting ​clubs in changing lives, and how it could also do the same for your club.

From closer to home, Nitesh Joshi, Chair of the Rotary GB&I Board for 2024-25 ​will be bringing you updates on the first year of our North Star project, our five-​year plan to boost membership to 60,000 by 2028.

Not only is this an incredible opportunity to hear from and network with Rotary’s ​senior leaders, the Action Summit is also a platform for you to share with them ​the amazing work you’re doing in your club and community.

We want to put our clubs at the heart of this event, after all, no one does ‘action’ ​quite like the 1.4 million People of Action that make up our organisation.

We want to hear from you

Has your club got a project you’re proud of? Maybe you’ve done something ​unique to address a need in your community. Or perhaps you’ve harnessed the ​power of The Rotary Foundation to have an impact overseas.

Then come and be part of our event programme in Newcastle. Your stories are ​the story of Rotary. They are the way we inspire and learn from each other, ​develop individually, and collectively grow our organisation.

If you or your club have something amazing to share, I encourage you to contact ​Roger Stent, the Action Summit Chairman, on to find ​out more.

What to expect from ​Newcastle

We have a fantastic venue in Newcastle’s Stephenson Quarter, in the heart of the ​city. The Crowne Plaza will keep you comfortable and connected during the ​event.

Famed for its friendly hospitality, Newcastle is one of our region’s most ​welcoming and vibrant cities, that will entertain you before, during or after the ​Action Summit. From the Angel of the North to Earl Grey's Monument and every ​castle, cathedral and coastline in between, the North East of England is steeped ​in heritage which you will have the freedom to explore.

There will be the opportunity to sign up for a range of local excursions ahead of ​the event to take in the local heritage, kindly hosted by the areas’ Rotary clubs.

I hope to see you there.

To find out more, view packages and book tickets, visit

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