2021 Zone Conference


Chattanooga, Tennessee!

Governor line training is on September 28-30, 2021
Conference dates are September 30 - October 3, 2021



2021 Zone Conference


Chattanooga, Tennessee!

Governor line training is on September 28-30, 2021
Conference dates are September 30 - October 3, 2021

We’re Saving a Seat for You in Rotary’s Future

Get ready for a Rotary homecoming with current and future district and club leaders from 13 States and 31 Districts!

Reconnect with old friends and meet new people - the friends of your future.

Generate new ideas in new ways, in an environment that encourages open-minded-thinking!

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Why you'll love the HUB:

  • High energy idea sharing about ways we can serve our Clubs, Districts and Zones.
  • Continue conference conversations and build deeper connections with other participants
  • Use as a meeting spot to catch up with friends and share a drink
  • The Hub is everything you know and love about the House of Friendship, in an innovating and collaborative new format.
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Get ready for innovation and fun!

We'll explore the future of Rotary in interactive sessions that encourage open-minded thinking and new ways to experience the Rotary we know and love.

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Explore “Gig City” Chattanooga, the city that has been named recently as one of the top U.S. destinations to see by New York Times and Lonely Planet.


Here's a teaser view of who will be joining us.
Stay tuned! Details announced after July 1

  • Malawi-born best-selling author, inventor and founder of an African Innovation foundation
  • Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, documentary filmmaker and advocate for empowering girls
  • Nobel Peace Laureate and peace activist

Join us for conversations that matter with people like you that are making a difference!

Jennifer Jones

Jennifer Jones

Rotary International President Elect

John Germ

John Germ

The Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair

Elizabeth Usovicz

Elizabeth Usovicz

Zones 30 & 31 Director

William Kamkwamba

"The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind"

Jody Williams

Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Human Rights Activist

Stephanie Sinclair

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist

Program Overview

tentative 7-1-2021

SEPT. 28

1:00 PM
5:30 PM
6:30 PM

DGE-DGN Training Begins
Reception – cash bar

SEPT. 29

8:30 AM
12:00 PM
1:00 PM
6:00 PM

DGE-DGN Training
DGE-DGN Training
DG, DGE & DGN Offsite Event & Dinner

SEPT. 30

8:30 AM
8:30 AM
12:00 PM
1:00 PM
5:00 PM
6:30 PM

DG-DGE-DGN Training
COL Delegate Training Session
Pre-Conference Workshops (3 Hrs.). Optional – requires separate registration. Topics; Positive Peace & Diversity Toolkit
Conference Opening Session with William Kamkwamba
Rotary Homecoming Block Party (Dinner & Cash Bar)

OCT. 1

8:30 AM
8:30 AM
10:30 AM
12:30 PM
2:00 PM

General Session - Leadership
Emerging Rotary Leaders (ERL) Sessions (8:30 AM – 4:30 PM)
Conversations That Matter - Deep Dive on Membership
Lunch with RI President-Elect Jennifer Jones
Free Time in Chattanooga

OCT. 2

8:00 AM
9:30 AM
11:00 AM
12:30 PM
2:15 PM
5:30 PM
6:30 PM

Rotary Foundation Breakfast with Trustee Chair John Germ
Conversations That Matter – Up Close and Personal
Conversations That Matter – Program to Partner: Rotaract & Rotary
Lunch w/Empowering Girls and Human Rights w/Stephanie Sinclair
Conversations That Matter – World Cafe
Reception – cash bar
Dinner Program - Peace is Action w/Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Prize

OCT. 3

8:00 AM
8:45 AM
9:30 AM

Remembrance Program
Breakfast Program
Closing Session - with Nobel Laureate Jody Williams and Stephanie Sinclair

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Pathways to our Future
Conference Schedule as of July 1, 2021

Pre Conference Workshop

General Session

Conversations That Matter
Innovative Session

Free Time/Time for

Break/Activity in
the Hub



Thursday, September 30, 2021

9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Registration Open

12:00 noon- 5:00 p.m.

The Hub Opens!

1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.


Pre Conference Workshops:

Diversity Toolkit for Rotary Leaders
and Positive Peace

4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Free Time

5:15 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Opening and Keynotein the Round:

Harnessing the Wind

William Kamkwamba, Malawi-born best-selling author, innovator and TIME magazine’s 30 People Under 30 Changing The World


6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.


Rotary Reunion Block Party!

Informal Evening of Food Stations and Street Party Fun

8:00p.m.-10:00 p.m.


Hospitality Suite Open


Friday, October 01, 2021

8 : 00 a. m.- 2 :00 p. m.


Registration and The Hub Open



Breakfast on Your Own

8 : 30 a. m.- 4 :30 p. m.


Emerging Rotary Leaders Program
(all day)

8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.


Program in the Round: Leaders on Leadership

Join Senior Rotary Leaders for an “Ask Me Anything”

moderated session on their leadership journeys and insights along the way

10:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.


Break/Activity in the Hub

10:30 a.m.-12:00


Program in the Round:
Deep Dive on Membership

Four interviews and Data-based Scenarios


Transition to Deep Dive
Breakout Sessions


Conversations That Matter
- Deep Dive on Membership

Breakout Sessions – Choose one of the four interview and scenarios to discuss in depth

12:00 noon-12:30 p.m.


Break/Activity in the Hub

12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.


All Club Lunch and Keynote

Jennifer Jones,
Rotary International President Elect

2 : 0 0 p . m . o n w a r d


Free Time to Explore and Enjoy Chattanooga!

4 : 30 p. m.- 6 :00 p. m.


Reception for Major Donors
(by Invitation)

8:00p.m.- 10:00 p.m.


Hospitality Suite Open

Saturday, October 02, 2021

8 : 00 a. m.- 3 :00 p. m.


Registration and the Hub  Open


8 : 00 a. m.- 9 :15 a. m.


Breakfast and Keynote: Pathways to Positive Change

Purple Pinky Donuts and Foundation Update

John Germ,
Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair PRIP

Foundation Recognition

9 : 1 5 a .m .9 : 30 a . m .

Break/Activity in the




9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Program in the Round:

Peace Projects Incubator

3 ideas for a club and district project, presented by 3 Peace Fellows


Conversations that Matter:

Up Close and Personal

with a Peace Fellow
and a Peace Project Breakouts 1, 2 and 3

11:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.


Break and
Hub Activity

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.


Rapid Brainstorming Sessions:

Rotaract and Rotary or Empowering Girls

12:15 p.m.-12:30 p.m.

Transition to lunch

12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.


Lunch and Keynote

Empowering Girls and Human Rights: Child Marriage
Stephanie Sinclair,
Pulitzer prize-winning photojournalist, documentary filmmaker and founder of Too Young to Wed


2 : 00 p. m.- 2 :15 p. m.


Transition to World Café

2 : 1 5 p . m - 3 : 4 5 p . m .


Conversations That Matter:

World Café

3 : 00 p. m.- 4 :00 p. m.


Hub Closes/Exhibits break-down

5 : 30 p. m.- 6 :30 p. m.


Director’s Reception

6 : 30 p. m.- 8 :30 p. m.


Director’s Dinner and Keynote:

Peace is Action

Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Prize
Winner, landmines ban peace activist and Chair of the Nobel Women’s Initiative

8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.


Hospitality Suite


Sunday, October 03, 2021
COL, Breakfast, Nobel Peace Prize and Pulitzer Prize Winners

8:00 a.m.-8:45 a.m.

A Celebration and Remembrance of Lives Well

8:45 am.-9:30 a.m.


Breakfast and Council on Legislation Update

9:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m.

Closing Session: Coffee Talk

with Nobel Laureate Jody Williams and Stephanie Sinclair

An informal, moderated conversation and questions with two extraordinary women making a difference in the world


The Venue & Accommodations

Chattanooga Marriott Downtown
Two Carter Plaza | Chattanooga, TN 37402 423-756-0002
Rate: $149+tax (17.25%)

Staybridge Suites
1300 Carter Street | Chattanooga, TN 37402 | 423-2670900
Rate:  Studio: $149+tax  Suite: $159+tax

Both Hotels - Room Cutoff: September 1


The Convention Center is located between both hotels

CHA airport is 15 miles
Valet parking: $16 daily
Self parking: $12 daily at Republic Lot at MLK Blvd next to hotel

John Germ

Gig City is waiting for you

Join us for Interactive Rotary Fun & Innovation


For District Governor Elect or District Governor Nominee

DGE or DGN Package includes:
(6 Days T-W-T-F-S-S)

  • Tuesday Offsite Leadership Experience
  • Tuesday Welcome Dinner
  • Wednesday Lunch
  • Wednesday Evening Offsite Event & Dinner
  • Thursday Lunch
  • Conference Sessions: THURS Opening Session-FRI-SAT-SUN
  • Thursday Dinner
  • Friday Lunch
  • Saturday Foundation Breakfast
  • Saturday Lunch
  • Saturday Director's Banquet
  • Sunday Breakfast
  • $1150
  • Spouse/Partner $700
For District Governors

DG Package includes:
(5 Days W-T-F-S-S)

  • Wednesday Evening Offsite Event & Dinner
  • DG Training THUR
  • Thursday Lunch
  • Conference Sessions: THUR Opening Session-FRI-SAT-SUN
  • Thursday Dinner
  • Friday Lunch
  • Saturday Foundation Breakfast
  • Saturday Lunch
  • Saturday Director's Banquet
  • Sunday Breakfast
  • $750
  • Spouse/Partner $525
For Past District Governors and any attendee wanting to experience the full Summit

Summit 4 Package includes:
(4 Days T-F-S-S)

  • Conference Sessions: THUR Opening Session-FRI-SAT-SUN
  • Thursday Dinner
  • Friday Lunch
  • Saturday Foundation Breakfast
  • Saturday Lunch
  • Saturday Director's Banquet
  • Sunday Breakfast
  • $395
  • spouse/partner $395

Program for Young Leaders (Rotaract) Package includes:
(1 Day Saturday Only)

  • Young Leaders Program Saturday Morning
  • Saturday afternoon conference sessions
  • Saturday Lunch
  • $40 includes lunch
  • Optional Saturday Director's Banquet +$50


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Mike Nowobiliski
General Chair

Jill Pietrusinski
Registration Chair

Bobby Davis
Arrangements Lead


September 28 - October 3, 2021
Chattanooga, Tennessee