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Skybok at The Rotary Convention 2017


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Rotary Convention 2017
My mother Gianna Doubell, District Governor of Rotary District 9370, wearing traditional hand-beaded Xhosa / Eastern Cape African collar

Skybok Films in Atlanta

Skybok produced a video showcase of the International Rotary Convention held in Atlanta, Georgia. We’ll soon be writing about our trip to the last one in Hamburg, Germany (2019).

As far as Atlanta goes, I absolutely loved the city! Especially the Margaret Mitchell House – Margaret Mitchell was the author of “Gone With The Wind”!

Fast Facts About Atlanta

1. Atlanta is one of two cities in the world to have housed two Nobel Peace Prize winners.

2. Atlanta has the second-most shopping center space in the U.S.

3. It’s the home of Coca-Cola (where Coke was first invented!)

4. It’s the home of “Margaret Mitchell House” – where author of “Gone With The Wind” Margaret Mitchell wrote the famous novel!

5. It’s the home of CNN headquarters

4. Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is the busiest in the world.

5. Julia Roberts was born in Georgia – Smyrna in fact.

6. The Continental Divide out west gets all the love, but Atlanta is home to the Eastern Continental Divide, which separates water draining into the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic.

Getting There

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The Convention was host to 40,000 Rotarians from around the world.

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In line to the house of friendship + breakout sessions
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Photos at The Rotary Wheel // Georgia World Congress Centre
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I am in traditional African wear with Xhosa hand-beaded head piece
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With friends from India
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The line coming out of the virtual reality session at the Rotary Convention 2017
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House of Friendship
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Collecting badges
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The Social Media Lounge
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The International Ballroom
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The welcome area
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A project “Shelter Box”

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Every Ribbon is a $1 donation
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Friends at The house of Friendship
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House of friendship
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Exchanging ideas + developing rich friendships across cultures (South African Badge on the left)
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With friends from Nigeria
Rotary, Social Outreach

Social Outreach with Rotary


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Skybok recently profiled a soup kitchen project which Rotary spearheaded along with the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University‘s Law Faculty Ubuntu Community Outreach Programme. This year for Madiba Day, The Rotary Club of Algoa Bay gave back for 67 minutes – 1 minute for every year Nelson Mandela worked to make the world a better place – at The Provincial Hospital. The hospital is in Port Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa. In honour of his birthday, the call was out for people everywhere to give 67 minutes of their time to help their community in some way. Everyone has the power to change the world. The United Nations declared 18 July as “Nelson Mandela International Day” in 2009.

Events, Rotary Medieval Festival, Social Outreach

The Rotary Medieval Festival


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Skybok covered events for Rotary PE West as part of their “Medieval Festival”. It’s a whole weekend of festivities themed around the Middle Ages and it’s hosted at Victoria Park in Port Elizabeth. Their “Royal Banquet” is on a Friday night where everyone arrives dressed up in costumes from the Middle Ages. There’s a dinner and lots of entertainment! During the Saturday, they host an entire day filled with arts, crafts and activities that people used to play during Medieval times.

Here are the profiles of this awesome outdoor two-day event: