Manchester Action Summit


The Rotary Institute for Zones 17, 18, 19 & 20a

Come and be part of an exciting experience our Rotary Action Summit in vibrant Manchester, the city where the action is, as we "Evolve Rotary"!

Don't miss this opportunity to network with Rotary leaders, hear from inspirational speakers and join in the Summit's motivational programme. Rotarians, Rotaractors, you are all invited to this event of the year!

Manchester is famous for its evolution as the first industrialised city in the world, for being the home to two football giants, and the music capital of the UK as birthplace of some of the biggest and coolest British bands from Oasis to Take That.

The Action Summit will take place at the iconic Midland Hotel in the heart of Manchester. A bronze plaque of Rotary’s founder Paul Harris is also in the hotel entrance in memory of his visit to Manchester Rotary Club in 1934.

So, join us and be part of the Action in Manchester in September 2023!



13th - 14th Sept

District Governors Elect and District Governors Nominee Training Seminars

Power of Rotary

15th Sept

Themed seminars combining Membership, Public Image, The Rotary Foundation and much more

Action Summit

16th - 17th Sept

Two days of inspirational speakers and sessions

Registration packages now available!

Click here to book your tickets today >

Accommodation is available at The Midland Hotel and Leonardo's Hotel Manchester Central, and can be booked via the registration website at the same time as your event ticket.

Please note that accommodation on Tuesday 12th at The Midland Hotel is sold out.

Event terms and conditions can be found here. For any queries relating to this event, please contact Event Manager, Louise Smith.


We are delighted to be joined by Rotary leaders and guest speakers from across the humanitarian spectrum as part of the Rotary Action Summit. More speakers are coming soon!

Stephanie Urchick - Rotary International President 2024/25

A Rotarian since 1991, Stephanie has served Rotary as Rotary Foundation Trustee and RI Director and will become the organisation's second female president in July 2024.

Larry Lunsford - The Rotary Foundation Trustee 2021-25

Larry was first introduced to Rotary during his college years after being a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar in 1982. He joined Rotary in 1991 and is a member of Kansas City-Plaza Rotary. Larry is currently a Trustee of The Rotary Foundation.

Pat Merryweather-Arges - Rotary International Vice President 2023/24

Pat is a member of Naperville Rotary, and first joined Rotary in 2002. She has been involved in over 20 Rotary Foundation grant projects focused on her vocational and personal passions of health care, and water and sanitation.

Aidan O'Leary - Director of Polio Eradication, World Health Organization

Aidan has a wealth of emergencies and public health experience having previously held roles in Yemen, Iraq and Syria, as well as in the field of polio eradication, at UNICEF and the United Nations.

Kids Against Plastic - Amy and Ella Meek

Amy and Ella Meek are the teenage founders of the environmental charity Kids Against Plastic. Since founding their youth-led organisation back in 2016, the girls have worked hard to inspire kids and adults alike to take action to reduce their use of single-use plastics.

The Rotary Action Summit is convened by Rotary International Director Lena Mjerskaug and Director-Elect Eve Conway.


Retro Party with Abalicious - Saturday 16th

Get set for an evening of entertainment with a Retro Party featuring Abalicious, the UK's number 1 ABBA tribute band!

Led by star vocalist Carla Winters, a former member of Bjorn Again, dance the night away to the major hits of the Swedish supergroup. Dress code is funky and fun.

Retro Party also includes a three course dinner.


Energetic, diverse, and individual, Manchester is a city with true character.

To find out more about what Manchester has to offer, as well as travel information for the city, head to the Visit Manchester website.

A historic venue

The Midland Hotel will host the Action Summit. A beautiful hotel in the heart of the city.

A connected city

A compact city, it is easy to navigate by foot or using the tram and bus services. It also has it's own airport and rail network.

Cultural heritage

Manchester is a thriving centre for culture, sport, and music, offering entertainment for all tastes.

Vibrant and cosmopolitan

Named as one of National Geographic's 'Best of the World' for 2023, Manchester offers culture around every corner.