The second M2R ever took place in Venice, Italy, from the 16th till the 19th of November 2017.
Rotaractors from 19 different Countries met in the Serenissima, to discuss about Rotaract, Mediterranean culture, Project managing and building bridges across our lovely Sea.
M2R Venice 2017 was the first international event ever hosted by D2060 and the HOC team, lead by Italian CR Lucky Dalena, did an amazing job in managing and organizing a wonderful event in a mesmerizing city! From welcoming to departing we were never left alone from Anna, Cecilia, Emanuela, Laura, Lucky, Silvia, Alberto, Federico, Flavio, Marco, Matteo, Michele, Nicolò, Simone, who accompanied and guided all the guests throughout the event and the calli!!!
First rotaractors arrived on Thursday the 16th of November and were welcomed at the Airport and at the Station by the Hoc team members who accompanied them to Hotel Biasutti and Hotel Mabapa in the Lido, set of the Mostra Internazionale del Cinema di Venezia and residence for the M2R Venice guests.
Thursday night was all about Venetian way of life, Aperitivo and Spritz in the typical bacari.
Friday morning was dedicated to visit of the 57th International Art Exhibition, titled Viva Arte Viva – La biennale, while in the afternoon a tour of the hidden Venice took place. Friday night was in the spirit of friendship, team work, discovery and fun, with a typical Italian dinner and a treasure hunt in the maze made by calli, campi and bridges of romantic Venice.
Saturday venue was the Dante Alighieri library of Venice Arsenale, the heart and foundation of the city, the place which made the Serenissima the leading economic power of the Mediterranean Area for almost a thousand years. The meetings works began in the morning with the Workshop Rotaract without Borders organized by Nicolò dal Bo, PDRR D2060, and the HOC team. Participants were divided into 4 teams, each of them developed a project on a given theme and present the project with a leaflet during the M2R Plenary. Right after the lunch break, the M2R Venice Plenary begun, opened by the Head of the HOC team Lucky Dalena, who introduced our suggestive venue and expressed her pride in hosting us all in Venice, a city which can rightfully be considered to be expression of all the Mediterranean cultures thanks to its history as commercial crossroad. Lucky opening was followed by the welcoming interventions of DRR D2060 Anna Fabris, RC Venice President and a Lieutenant representing Italian Navy, the presentation of the workshop projects and a speech by Giorgio Gandus, delegate from ShelterBox Italia, explaining more about #Shelterbox action. After a small break filled with Italian and Turkish delicacies, we came back to the Plenary, during which the Med MDIO President Maria Vittoria Gargiulo introduced Med MDIO history, board, and projects initiatives. Med MDIO Past President Paul Sampatakakis described the MediCon Greece in every detail, our next international event which will be held in Rodhes 26th-29th of April 2018. Med MDIO Rotary Delegate Kostas Imprialos discussed about Rotary-Rotaract relationship in RI and in the Clubs and finally, Social Media Coordinator Salva Amoros showed how to use our social media and directories. Closing the Plenary Med MDIO President awarded Craig Simons with a traditional Venetian Mask for his support to the Med MDIO values and team.
The Masquerade Gala Dinner venue was the elegant Circolo Sottoufficiali della Marina Militare Italiana where four courses seated dinner was served and last evening of our M2R Venice was a cascade of surprises. In between the courses, in fact, September 2018 M2R Egypt was announced with joy by Med MDIO President Maria Vittoria Gargiulo, who also thanked again for the amazing and welcoming detailed organization the whole HOC team and the D 2060 DRR Anna Fabris, to whom she gave the word. With pride and emotion, Anna awarded Lucky Dalena with the Paul Harris Fellow for the efforts she endured in the last two years to internationalize D2060 and for her example so service above self. Last but not least, we had the most mesmerizing and fun experience in a Silent Disco Party set in the ancient rooms of the Circolo Sottoufficiali.
On Sunday we all came back home with a luggage way fuller than when we got to Venice, with the memories of all the fun, the smiles, the friends we met while discovering the hidden treasure of La Serenissima.
Maria Vittoria Gargiulo
President a.s. 2017/18
More pics here.