OGDEN -- More than 500 are expected to attend a statewide Rotary Club conference May 3-5 at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center, 2415 Washington Blvd.
The Rotary Club of Ogden is hosting the event, the first time since 1998.
Speakers will include Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell, past Rotary International President Bill Boyd from New Zealand and Jeffry Cadorette, who will be representing the Rotary International president. Special entertainment will be by David Osmond, lead singer of the Osmond 2nd Generation, during the May 4 gala/dinner. Tickets are available for purchase until May 1.
The conference will conclude May 5 with a peace forum and interfaith service, which will be held in Peery's Egyptian Theater beginning at 8 a.m. and concluding at noon. This meeting is free and open to the public.
Registration, gala/dinner tickets and information for the rest of the conference is at www.utahrotary.org.
Dr. Douglas Johnston, a Harvard graduate and author, will be the keynote speaker at the Sunday peace forum. His books, "Religion, the Missing Dimension of Statecraft" (1994), "Faith-based Diplomacy: Trumping Realpolitik" (2003), and "Religion, Terror and Error: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Challenge of Spiritual Engagement" (2011 Book of the Year Award), and other publications have established him as a world thought leader.
While serving as vice president of the think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington D.C., he decided that there are enough think tanks and there needs to be more "Do Tanks." He founded the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy and has since been engaged in some front-line peace-building around the world -- including the terrorist-producing madrasas of Pakistan.
The "One Voice Children's Choir" from Salt Lake City will perform musical selections under the direction of Olympic composer Masa Fukuda. Inspirational music will be performed by the Peery's Egyptian Theater organist.
Rotary was established in 1905 in Chicago and locally began in 1911 in Salt Lake City. Locally, Rotary was established in Ogden in 1918. Rotary has a long history of providing "service above self," locally and internationally.
The Rotary Club of Ogden meets from noon to 1 p.m. each Wednesday at the Summit Hotel and Conference Center, 247 24th St. For more information on the Rotary Club of Ogden, visit www.ogdenrotary.com.