September 14, 2023

Conference 2023

14 September 2023 update. A D1040 conference booking update: bookings for the Saturday 7 October charity lunch and black-tie dinner will close on Friday 29 September 2023. Day registration bookings will remain open to allow for a ‘turn up and pay on the day’ option.

A message from David Phillips, District Governor 2023-24, posted 27 August 2023

Dear Rotary friends

On behalf of the conference team, it gives me great pleasure to invite you, your partner, family and friends to Scarborough for the District 1040 Rotary Conference 2023.

Come just for the day or why not book a hotel and come for the weekend and enjoy everything this great resort and Rotary Fellowship can offer?

Registration via:

The fun starts at just £15 for the day. Friday 6 October at 2pm the Rotary Showcase opens with over 24 exhibitors to inspire you and your guests.

On Saturday 7 October a full programme of insightful, inspirational and engaging speakers starts at 10am at the Scarborough Spa Complex.

It is going to be a good old fashioned ‘face to face’ gathering where you can renew acquaintances, make new friends, have some fun and enjoy the banter.

Lunch is available on the Saturday (at additional cost) and if you fancy getting dressed up, why not book for the banquet in the evening and dance the night away with an Abba tribute band.

So, come on; find some friends, book in and get yourselves to Scarborough and have great day or weekend.

See you there.


An earlier post on behalf of the conference committee

The 2023 conference will take place on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 October 2023

The theme for 2023 is "Supporting our Communities"

The registration website opened on 14 June 2023

Headline guest speakers for Saturday include:

The Right Honourable Baroness Floella (Karen Yuies) Benjamin, OM, DBE, DL

Sir Ranulph (Twisleton-Wykeham) Fiennes OBE

The registration fee remains the same as 2022 at £15.00. This applies for all those wishing to attend on Saturday without onsite lunch or dinner options. There is an option to pay on the day but not for the lunch and dinner options.

Charity lunch £13.00

Black tie dinner £35.00 with entertainment by: The Super Duper Troopers ABBA tribute band

Further details can be found on the bespoke registration site

A lookback at the annual Rotary International District 1040 Conference which made a splendid return in 2022

After a two year break due to worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, our 'in person' conference returned to Scarborough on Friday and Saturday 7 and 8 October 2022. 450 delegates enjoyed renewing friendships and making new friends at the centenary themed conference.

The main programme on Saturday was action packed:

Conference Opening

Mayor Scarborough

Presentation of a Paul Harris Fellowship to the Scarborough Lifeboat Station

District Governor

End Polio Now

Motor Neurone Disease

District 4 Inner Wheel

Kids Out

Yorkshire School

ABF The Soldiers Charity

Tales of a Senior Leader in Rotary

Guest speaker, Rory Bremner

Royal National Lifeboat Institution

Guest speaker, Amanda Owen

Bradford Peace Centre / Convoy to Ukraine

Milton Frary Wheelchair Foundation

The story of youth in Rotary


Conference 2023

District Governor

Shared memorable photographs of the conference

Many thanks to members from clubs in Sowerby Bridge, Bradford, Leeds, Pontefract and York.

Do read District Governor Malcolm’s October 2022 message as he personally reflects on conference 2022. Finally, thank you to all those members of the District who completed the post-conference survey for the organising committee to take onboard. The 2023 conference will take place on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 October 2023.

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