The 2014 Sydney International Convention opened today, June 1st with an amazing Opening Plenary Session with a call to order and welcome remarks by Mark Daniel Maloney, Convention Committe Chair. This was followed by by more welcome remarks by the Hon. Mike Baird MP Premier of New South Wales. Australia’s Prime Minister The Hon. Tony Abbot MP spoke about his father, a 40 year veteran of the Rot. Club of Chatswood and how he learnt so much about Rotary and what it means to be a Rotarian giving SERVICE ABOVE SELF. The entertainment portion of the opening was represented by the Motown playing group Human Nature, four white Australian men who normally perform in Las Vegas and who gave us an amazing rendition of all things MOTOWN. I have never seen 18,000 people up and dancing and clapping at a Convention before. A simply unforgettable performance and a brilliant experience. Looking forward to tomorrow’s session! And meeting more Rotarians from around the world.