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By Eduardo Vallejo (Join Us) / Shandra Keesecker-Rivero (RockyPoint360)
Puerto Peñasco was recently host site for the XXVI District Conference of Rotary International District 4100, an annual event bringing together Rotary members from the 60 clubs encompassing the region of northern Sinaloa, and the states of Sonora, Baja California Norte, and Baja California Sur.
Rotarians, many with their families, visited Puerto Peñasco April 27th – 30th where they took part in a lively icebreaker welcome, seminars, conference presentations, a talent show, a traditional carne asada fiesta, and a gala dinner ball, along with service projects done by youth from across the globe who are part of District 4100’s Rotary Youth Exchange Program. Camaraderie was indeed the principal ingredient to the weekend District Conference, set to the unmatched background of the Sea of Cortez, the Grand Desert of Altar, and Peñasco hospitality.
Oscar Palacio Soto, Organizing Committee Chair of the XXVI District 4100 Conference, detailed Rotary Clubs of Caborca, San Luis Río Colorado, San Luis Río Colorado del Desierto, as well as host club Mar de Peñasco all took part in organizing the event after being appointed to the task by District 4100 Governor Juan Miguel Lardín Salle.
Palacio Soto indicated the Conference registered 450 participants, each of whom took part in plenary sessions addressing topics of Rotary contributions, attracting new members, leadership, and altruistic projects aimed at benefiting communities.
“We as Rotarians seek benefits for the community, which is where our efforts ared focused. If we can achieve this, we are fulfilling the motto of Rotary, or rather Service above Self,” he emphasized.
Carlos Andrade Morales, Past District 4250 Governor of Guatemala, in representation of Rotary International President John Germ, was among the distinguished participants and speakers at the XXVI Conference of Rotary District 4100. Presenters also included renowned Mexican journalist Pedro Ferriz de Con, speakers Armando Álvarez, Ariosto Manrique of TestaMarketing, Víctor Alfonso Caballero, Enrique Velasco, Past Rotary District 4170 Governor César Augusto Guillen Álvarez, International Rotary Youth Exchange representative Sofía Sotomayor who led a panel on the topic of Women in Rotary, and Federico Godínez, former Director of the Pinacate and Grand Desert of Altar Biosphere Reserve.
Weekend events also included a “Laugh Therapy” workshop, led by Life Coach Rosalba Avilés Pérez colorful presentations at the traditional “Talent Show” highlighting the always moving performance of international exchange students from across the district, as well as a presentation of Queens and Peace Ambassadors from several Rotary Clubs in the District. Alexandra Rojas Briones hailing from Cd. Obregón was crowned Rotary District 4100 Queen 2017-2018, while Rotary exchange student Kim Kyrd Bruntjen of Germany, hosted by Rotary Club Bahía de la Paz, was crowned Queen Peace Ambassador.
On the final day, Puerto Peñasco Mayor Kiko Munro took part in the conference’s closing ceremonies, along with District 4100 Governor Elect Ramón López Juvera (2017-18), District Governor Nominee Cristóbal Soto (2018-19), and Proposed District Governor Fernando Anibal Otañez Martínez (2019-20).
Overwhelming colorful and energetic dancers joined the closing event, along with organizers, to promote next year’s XXVII District Conference to be held in Mexicali, Baja California.
In closing, Rotary District 4100 Governor Juan Miguel Lardín Salle thanked the organizing committee led by Oscar Palacio Soto, for being such warm hosts and emphasized this year’s conference was certainly unmatched given the wealth of camaraderie and sharing. He stressed the capacity of Puerto Peñasco’s infrastructure in welcoming events of this magnitude, with the special topping of kind treatment and the attitude of service represented by the people in this corner of Sonora.
Local Rotary Club – Club Rotario Mar de Peñasco AC