Welcome to the 2016 Rotary
District 5550 Conference Website!
“Be a Gift to the World-Infinite Possibilities”


Conference Dates: Thursday, May 12th to Sunday, May 15th 2016


Location: Gimli, Manitoba

Starting Time: The conference will start Thursday evening with an informal reception at the Lakeview Hotel and Conference Centre.

We have two full days of informative sessions, Rotary business and fellowship finishing with the District Governor’s Gala, this year combined with the Million Dollar Dinner on Saturday night.

There will be time for golf on Thursday afternoon and time to learn more about the diverse culture of Gimli, visit the Viking, check out our heritage sites and visit some of the wonderful shops in our community.

Registration:  Registration for District Conference closes May 2nd.

Get your registrations in now. The last day for online registrations and receipt of registration by mail is May 2nd.

District Governor’s Welcome Message
Welcome to the District 5550 Conference Web site.

Our committee has been working hard to give you the best possible experience in Gimli. The Rotary theme this year “Be A Gift To The World” links readily to the conference theme “Rotary – Infinite Possibilities.” And indeed there are infinite possibilities in the Manitoba Interlake where Gimli is Located. There is a wide range of cultural, historic, scenic and recreational activities available, most within walking distance of the conference centre.

Gimli was founded by Icelandic settlers who were set ashore in the midst of a storm on Lake Winnipeg on October 21st, 1875. They survived with the help of the indigenous peoples of the area over a brutal winter and an outbreak of smallpox. The following spring they moved north to where Gimli is now located and established the town. (For a short history of the Icelanders in Gimli go to http://www.gimlicommunityweb.com/history/history.php )

Later when the Ukrainian peoples were looking for a place to settle, the Icelanders allowed them to share their land grant and they became the third cultural group in the area. The Selkirk Settlers also settled south of Gimli in the area around the city of Selkirk adding a fourth culture to the mix. In the years that followed many other groups settled in the area, making Manitoba’s Interlake a cultural mixing pot.

We offer you a location loaded with history, unique shops, local cuisine and arts. All we ask is that you come, participate in the conference and enjoy the many opportunities Gimli has to offer.

Ken Krebs, District Governor

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