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Learn how India became polio-free
Dr. Hamid Jafari will deliver the keynote speech of the Monday, 8 June, plenary session. As a medical officer from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention working with the World Health Organization, Jafari led the polio eradication project in India from 2007 to 2012. Get the latest information on convention speakers.

View the convention orientation webinar

Learn how to make the most of your convention experience. Watch our convention orientation webinar.

Rotaractors enjoy special deals to Rotary’s Carnival

Rotaractors who register for the convention can attend Rotary’s Carnival for free! Don’t miss your chance to experience the energy and color of a typical Brazilian Carnival party. To receive your complimentary ticket, stop by the HOC ticket booth in the House of Friendship and present your convention badge.

If you register for the Rotaract Preconvention only, you can attend Rotary’s Carnival event for half price. Go online to purchase your ticket at the discounted rate of $15. You’ll receive an email confirmation to present at the HOC ticket booth.

New registration fee for Rotaractors
The convention registration fee for Rotaract members has been reduced to $70 through 15 April, after which it goes up to $130. Plan now to join your fellow Rotaractors in São Paulo. And don’t forget about the Rotaract Preconvention Meeting, 4-5 June. Celebrate Rotaract with members from around the world who share your passion for creating positive change (an additional fee of $50 applies).

Global peace experts to speak
Dr. Oscar Arias, president of Costa Rica from 1986 to 1990 and 2006 to 2010, will speak at this year’s Peace Symposium. Arias received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987 for his role in brokering a peace agreement that ended brutal civil wars in Central America. He used the prize money to establish the Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress, a nongovernmental organization dedicated to promoting peace, gender equality, and disarmament and demilitarization.

Steve Killelea, founder and executive chair of Institute for Economics and Peace, will also speak at the event. Killelea successfully built two international software companies before deciding to focus his energy and fortune on sustainable development and peace. In 2013, Killelea was named one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in Armed Violence Reduction” by the UK group Action on Armed Violence.

Learn more about Rotary’s Peace Symposium, “Partnering for Peace: Today’s Challenges—Tomorrow’s Successes”

Official airline chosen
TAM, a oneworld alliance partner, is the official airline of the 2015 Rotary Convention. Enjoy special discounts when you fly TAM nonstop to São Paulo.

Convention dates changed
The convention festivities start one day earlier next year! The 2015 São Paulo convention runs Saturday, 6 June, through Tuesday, 9 June. Remember to update your club and district websites, calendars, and newsletters. The date change impacts other event dates, so be sure to check the new schedule.

Itineraries and city guides available
Begin planning your Brazil vacation now with the city guides, maps, and itineraries available on riconvention.org. The São Paulo Stay Another Day guide offers ideas for creating custom tours by interest and neighborhood. Plan your stay.