You Are Invited ! to the 2018 MD-20 Rochester CONVENTION
Dear MD20 Lions,
I bring greetings from Rochester, NY, home of the 95th Annual MD20 Lions Convention
May 4-6, 2018 ! .
Rochester is an incredibly user-friendly city for the Lion's convention since both hotel options, The newly renovated Hyatt Regency Hotel and The Radisson, are connected to the Convention Center, allowing easy and convenient access to all events come rain or shine: no need to worry about getting your shoes wet or hair windblown ! All hospitality rooms will be at the Radisson for "one stop shopping", with restaurants available in both hotels.
. The Thursday evening "1st Nighter" is Casino Night! This event , run by local Lions Clubs, features an assortment of games, drinks, finger foods, play money, prizes, and mingling. This event was a huge success when we did it in 2011 and promises to be another big hit this year .
. Our featured speaker for the Convention will be International 1st VP Gudrum Bjort Yngvadottir from Gardabaer, Iceland. We look forward to welcoming her to the flower city.
. There will be several informative seminars and workshops to attend throughout the convention. Lion Kristen Smith from our Rochester Pioneers Beep Baseball team will speak and show us how they play the game, and other visually impaired sports such as goalball will also be demonstrated.
We'll have many vendors to see and speak with and our pin traders have planned quite a display. Don't forget about the Peace Posters , Lions luncheon, or Saturday night party! This year's theme is country western complete with country fare for your taste buds to savor and a live band to kick up your heels !
. In addition to all the Convention events, Rochester offers a large variety of activities and points of interest to explore, both within walking distance and short commute from the hotels. Utilize the car services Lyft and Uber, hop on the public bus, or rent a Zaggster bike to get to your destination. Check out Rochester's historical locations such as the George Eastman House, Highland Park, Mount Hope Cemetery, The Susan B. Anthony House, The Memorial Art Gallery, or the Strong National Museum of Play. Satisfy your hunger with some local Rochester cuisine like a garbage plate from Nick Tahoes, pulled pork from Dinosaur BBQ, white hots from DogTown, or a Cream Ale from The Genesee Brew House. Be sure to stop by the Information Booth run by the Visit Rochester Team while checking in at the convention center for places to see and restaurants to eat. Tours and tastings at local breweries and wineries are also available.
Please remember that the convention is a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and make lots of new ones . District 20E-1 is looking forward to seeing lots of MD20 Lions Roaring into Rochester in May, so register now !
Respectfully submitted by PDG Terry Bliss 2018 MD20 Convention Chairman