The programme of the Northern Lights Rotary Institute deals with important ways of how we can collaborate in saving the Baltic Sea, eradicating polio for good and bringing positive peace to the world. We will naturally also cover other high priority issues: how to reach young professional, how to take care of our members, how to invite more people to this great organization, how stable is Rotary’s financial basis. The dinner on Friday, September 11, is special: it has the theme District Governor Generation Reunion, bringing each year’s DGs and partners together to enjoy international friendship and remember the earlier times in a warm atmosphere. The gala dinner on Saturday September 12 offers a splendid meal, entertainment and fun – even dancing the night away…

Institute Program

Friday September 11th
14:00 – 14:45 First plenary session: opening of the Institute
Musical entertainment
Flag ceremony
Welcome and introduction of guests
Message of the state of Finland
Message of the City of Oulu
Northern Ostrobothnia
14:45 – 15:15 Coffee break (House of Friendship)
15:15 – 18:00 Second plenary session: Saving the Baltic Sea
Moderator: Managing Director Lotta Nummelin

The Baltic Sea as a model sea for understanding the processes of the sea (Harri Kuosa, Leading Researcher)
Cooperations between the Governments aiming at protecting the Baltic Sea (Saara Bäck, Chairman, HELCOM)
The role of Regions in promoting environmental actions (Jari Nahkanen, President, CPMR Baltic Sea Committee)
Cutting down the loading around the Baltic Sea – best practises (Annamari Arrankoski-Engardt, Managing Director, John Nurminen Foundation)
Vision about the future of the Baltic Sea (Lotta Nummelin, Managing Director, Östersjöfonden)
Rotary protecting the Baltic Sea: Global Grant project: Save the Baltic Sea (Pentti Aspila, Chairman of the Baltic Sea Rotary Action Network)
Panel discussion on how to save the Baltic Sea
Closing remarks
19:00 District Governor Generation Reunion Dinner – Friendship Dinner
Saturday September 12th
9:00 – 10:25 Third plenary session: Grow Rotary
Two clubs joining and flourishing
From Zone Strategy to club activity
New ideas, new club
The first Satellite club
How I became a Rotarian
10:25 – 11:55 Coffee break (House of Friendship)
10:55 – 12:30 Fourth plenary session: Goals and actions
Rotary Financial Report
Polio video
Polio endgame: how do we finish our job?
Changes and challenges in our Foundation
Crucial disaster aid: ShelterBox
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:00 Fifth plenary session: Peace
Rotary and United Nations
Experience from Kosovo; Significance of Rotary’ s peace programme
Environmental challenges and peace
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee break (House of Friendship)
15:30 – 16:30 Sixth plenary session: Doing good in the world
Disaster evaluation in Beirut
Environmental aspects and sustainability in Grants
SUPREME AIM suicide prevention model
Closing remarks
18:30 – 19:00 City of Oulu: Reception
19:00 Gala Dinner
Sunday September 13th
9:30 – 10:50 Seventh plenary session: Meet Youth and Experience
Music entertainment
Panel with Rotary Leaders: Questions and Answers
RI 2021 Taipei Convention promotion
10:50 – 11:10 Coffee break (House of Friendship)
11:10 – 12:30 Eight plenary session: The future holds…
Promotion: Rotary Institute Prague 2021
International RYLA Team presentation
Acknowledgements to organizers
Closing remarks
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch