Rotary Convention Reset from New Orleans to Salt Lake

Rotary Convention Reset from New Orleans to Salt Lake

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Rotary International's 2007 convention originally planned for New Orleans will be held instead in Salt Lake City.

The June 17-20 convention will be held at the Salt Palace Convention Center, the organization announced Tuesday.

"We are very pleased to work with Salt Lake City and Rotary clubs in the region to make this happen," said William B. Boyd, president-elect of Rotary International. Boyd, of Auckland, New Zealand, will set the agenda for the convention, which will mark the end of his term as Rotary's president for 2006-07.

The conventions typically draw about 25,000 registrants.

Originally, New Orleans was to host the 2007 convention, and Salt Lake City was to be the site for 2011.

However, Hurricane Katrina destroyed much of the New Orleans infrastructure, and also jeopardized the ability of local Rotary clubs to organize and host such a large-scale, international meeting.

Rotary's board of directors decided to switch the dates, making New Orleans the designated site for the 2011 convention.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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