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Where is Clayton, New York?

Clayton is located in the middle of the 1000 Islands, across the St. Lawrence River from Gananoque. It's just 28 km via Interstate highway from the Thousand Islands Bridge international border crossing. It's just one hour from Kingston, two hours from Ottawa, and three hours from Montreal, Plattsburgh and Lake Placid.

Why Clayton?

Clayton is located in the midst of the beautiful 1000 Islands resort area and is easily accessible from both Canada and the United States via Provincial, Interstate and state highways. Clayton and the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel are also both proven district conference locations, having hosted our successful fall 2019 conference. Clayton boasts quaint shops, galleries and restaurants, and for those interested in more shopping, Watertown and the Salmon Run Mall are just 30 minutes away.

If I arrive on Friday, how will I find other Rotarians to socialize with?

A Friday evening Welcome Reception with hors d'oeuvres and cash bar will be open to all attendees before supper. Here you can meet and become reacquainted with your Rotary colleagues and perhaps make Friday dinner plans.

What programs will be offered?

While our programming is still being finalized, we have sessions tentatively planned on topics like the public face of your club, attracting younger members, mental health, and more -- and of course the traditional Saturday dinner and entertainment.

How is the conference cost set?

The conference costs are set to enable the district to break even or cover its expenses. We do not plan to make a profit. The best registration deals are available early with the price gradually increasing. In fact, those who registered earliest have saved 25% on their conference fee.

Why is there no special price for new Rotarians this year?

We wanted to offer the best possible pricing to all Rotarians.  If there was a reduced price for some, the cost would need to be spread out to others that are attending. If there are new members in your club, perhaps the club would consider providing an incentive to the new members — i.e. $100 toward the cost of the conference.

How should I dress?

Casual attire (jeans, khakis, polo shirts, etc.) are the norm for the weekend. Most Rotarians kick it up a notch for the Saturday evening dinner with sports coats, ties and cocktail attire. We also recommend wearing layers, as sometimes the meeting rooms can be cool.

I have feedback or suggestions for the next District Conference.  How do I do this?

The District Conference committee would love to hear from you.  For Programming email Michael at; for House of Friendship email Elsabe at; for Silent Auction email Mark at; for registration email Anna at and for all other inquiries, thoughts, ideas email Jenn at