August – September 2022 | Features

Lighting our way to a better future

Lighting our way to a better future

Rotary Magazine previews what Rotarians from all over Europe can come to expect when they attend the the 2022 Iceland Rotary Action Summit.

Iceland – a Nordic island nation defined by its dramatic landscape of volcanoes, geysers, hot springs and lava fields. And this September, it will host Rotarians from across Europe.

The Hilton Nordica in Reykjavik will be hosting the 2022 Iceland Rotary Action Summit bringing together Rotarians from Zones 17-18 which includes Scandinavia, along with Iceland, Greenland, Denmark, Poland and Lithuania, and Zones 19-20, which includes the British Isles, Spain, Portugal, and the Netherlands.

The Action Summit is being led by Rotary International Directors Lena Mjerskaug from Norway and Rotary GB&Is Nicki Scott.


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As part of a varied five-day programme from September 13 to 17, there will be a Leadership Development Summit for District Governor Elects and Nominees on the first three days.

There will be a Power of Rotary seminar on the Thursday and Friday with membership, public image and Foundation sessions open to all Rotarians.

The Rotary Action Summit begins on Friday, September 16, and features an array of top speakers including Iceland President, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, RI President, Jennifer Jones, and past RI Presidents, Holger Knaack and Ian Riseley.

Conference organiser, Mike Thorn, said: “Many of us have had Iceland on our bucket lists and now is the opportunity to go and, at the same time, what better than the inspiration of the Northern Lights to ‘Imagine Rotary’.

“We are offering the Power of Rotary seminar as an inclusive option, as well as stand-alone, for those that only wish to attend. We have even built in time for a traditional early morning swim at the geothermal swimming pool in Laugardalslaug.

“The 2022-23 District Governors have been unable to meet as a full group. So we are building in the DG Forum with a programme which will include sections of the Power of Rotary and DG-only sessions with Jennifer Jones, plus Nicki and Lena to support them and create international debate.”

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