The Rotary International Convention will be held in Seoul, Korea Saturday May 28 through Wednesday June 1, 2016. Try to arrive by Friday May 27 to check into your hotel, collect your Convention materials, and participate in the D5240 Welcome Reception Friday evening; plus Saturday events like the morning 3K Walk for Peace, the House of Friendship opening, and Welcome Festival at Olympic Park Saturday evening.
Get the full picture by viewing the colorful presentations and useful step-by-step instructions in the links to the left. For more information or to schedule a presentation at your club, contact "On To Seoul" chair PDG Jack McClenahan (
Your Invitation from 2015-16 RI President Ravi Ravindran
Welcome to Seoul, the site of the 107th Rotary International Convention! Celebrate with us the joy of bringing the work of Rotary into our communities. Experience what it truly means to be a part of Rotary. You will be inspired by fascinating speakers and productive breakout sessions, but also meet fellow Rotarians from around the world.
You will experience firsthand the vibrant city of Seoul, as well as exchange ideas, build your skill set, and have fun!
As a city with a long, rich history and the latest amenities, Seoul is the ideal location for a Rotary convention and a delightful travel destination to explore. It is home to an expansive number of parks, museums, shopping centers, and restaurants that showcase Korea’s rich culinary tradition.
Stop by any street vendor throughout the city to try traditional snacks like tteokbokki, gimbap, or Korean barbeque. Visit the famous Gangnam district, made popular by K-pop recording artist PSY. Explore COEX Mall, one of the largest underground shopping malls in Asia, filled with everything from trinkets to high-tech devices. Visit traditional Dongdaemun Market, open 24 hours a day, for a wide variety of goods, including silks and fabrics.
Before becoming president of Rotary International, I had the pleasure to attend 25 Rotary conventions. Each convention has its own flavor and has always been an enriching experience. I took advantage of the ability to meet and get to know my fellow Rotarians. I recall having conversations with club members from all over the world, on the buses and trains, in the House of Friendship, and in the main meeting halls. These are folks who I otherwise never would have had the chance to meet. In fact, while in Seoul, I will look forward to meeting you as well.
Vanathy and I invite you to join us and your fellow Rotarians as we see the sights, discover what it’s like to be a citizen of the world, and learn how we can continue to Be a Gift to the World.
K.R. Ravindran
Rotary International President, 2015-16