Frequently ask questions

Becoming a Rotary club member

What is Rotary? 
How do I become a member of Rotary? 
What are the qualifications for membership? 
What are the responsibilities of membership? 
What are the attendance requirements? 
How much does Rotary club membership cost? 
What is the minimum age to be in Rotary? 
Are college students eligible for membership? 
Is there a way for high school students to get involved? 
How do I locate a club in my area? 
What is a Rotary e-club? 

 

I’m a Rotarian

How do I start a new club? 
How do I switch to senior active status? 
How do I recommend someone for membership in another club? 
I’m moving. How do I transfer my membership to a club in my new area?

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What are my options for making up missed meetings? 
Where can I find a new-member induction ceremony? 
Where can I find officer installation ceremonies? 
How do I order membership publications? 
Where do I find a list of Rotary classifications? 
How can I get my membership number? 
How do I add or terminate club members? 
How can I obtain my Rotary Foundation giving history? 
How can I track Paul Harris Fellow or Sustaining Member contributions? 
How do I delete duplicate membership records? 
I accidentally terminated a member. How do I cancel that action? 
Where can I get ideas for strengthening my club’s membership development? 
How do I sign up for The Membership Minute newsletter?

Miscellaneous

How do I apply for a scholarship? 
If I’m not a Rotary club member, can I still help out with service projects? 
How many clubs are there in Rotary? 
How many members are there worldwide? 
Where can I get the most up-to-date membership information?

Becoming a Rotary club member

What is Rotary?

Rotary International is an association of Rotary clubs worldwide. It’s made up of more than 33,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. The members of these autonomous clubs are called Rotarians, and they form a global network of 1.2 million business and professional leaders, all volunteering their time and talents to serve their communities and the world. Individual Rotary clubs, in turn, belong to the global association called Rotary International. Find out more about Rotary’s history and structure.

How do I become a member of Rotary?

If you’re interested in joining a local Rotary club, submit a Prospective Member Form , though individuals must be sponsored or proposed for membership into a club. Rotary International staff will process your information and forward it to local Rotary club leaders. You can also contact a local Rotary club directly. Use the Club Locator  to find clubs in your area.

Often, a person being considered for membership is invited by a club member, or sponsor, to attend one or more club meetings to learn more about Rotary. In this case, the sponsor submits the candidate’s name to the club’s membership committee.

Find out more about becoming a Rotarian  and the responsibilities of membership .

Please note that membership in a Rotary club is by invitation only.

What are the qualifications for membership?

A prospective member must be a person of good character with a good business, professional, or community reputation and also be one of the following:

  • A current or former professional, proprietor, executive, manager, or community leader
  • Committed to service with a record of personal involvement
  • A Rotary Foundation alumnus

What are the responsibilities of membership?

Members are expected to attend weekly club meetings. They must pay annual dues to their clubs, their Rotary district, and Rotary International, and they’re expected to participate in local or international Rotary club activities or projects. Clubs encourage members to aspire to club leadership or committee roles.

What are the attendance requirements?

An attendance record of 50 percent is required to remain an active Rotarian. Any missed meeting must be made up within 14 days before or after the regular meeting. To accommodate busy schedules, there are various opportunities to make up missed meetings .

For additional attendance information, see article 9 of the Standard Rotary Club Constitution .

How much are dues to Rotary International?

Read more information about dues.

Although we don’t collect information on individual club fees, it’s entirely appropriate to ask about the cost of membership. If you’re interested in joining a particular club, attend a weekly meeting and ask this question.

What is the minimum age to be in Rotary?

There is no minimum age to join Rotary. You may be invited to join at any age after you become established in a career and have the time and financial resources to meet all Rotary club membership requirements. If you’re interested in joining a Rotary club, ask members about the time and financial commitments necessary to fulfill membership requirements, and consider whether you can make those commitments.

Are college students eligible for membership?

No. Rotarians have achieved a level of career experience that enables them to bring a specialization to their club, and students haven’t yet reached a level in their professional and personal lives that allows them to fulfill all aspects of Rotary club membership. But undergraduate and graduate students, as well as young adults, may become members of Rotaract clubs .

Is there a way for high school students to get involved?

Yes. Interact  is a Rotary-sponsored service club for those ages 12 to 18. Interact clubs give young people an opportunity to participate in fun, meaningful service projects while developing leadership skills and meeting new friends.

How do I locate a club in my area?

Use the Club Locator  to search by city or district number.

What is a Rotary e-club?

Rotary e-clubs  are Rotary clubs that meet electronically. Like all Rotary clubs, e-clubs meet weekly, perform service projects in local and international communities, support The Rotary Foundation, and enjoy fellowship among members. The key distinction is that an e-club conducts its weekly meetings on a dedicated website. Because e-clubs meet online, members can access the site at their convenience at any point during the week. The flexibility in meeting times offers members with hectic business schedules, physical disabilities, or location constraints the opportunity to be part of a Rotary club. In addition, Rotary e-clubs offer an opportunity for all Rotarians to make up a missed meeting online.

I’m a Rotarian

How do I start a new club?

Before trying to start a new club, check the Club Locator  to find out whether there are any clubs in your area. If there aren’t, contact your district governor. (For contact information, ask your Club and District Support  representative). The district governor decides whether a new club can be created and, if organizing a new club is feasible, can start the process.

Read more about organizing new clubs .

How do I switch to senior active status?

Rotary no longer has a senior active classification. As of the 2001 Council on Legislation, only two membership categories exist: active and honorary. Rotarians who have retired may retain the same classification, but they aren’t counted in the total number of members in a classification.

How do I recommend someone for membership in another club?

If you’re an active member of a Rotary club that is in good standing and know someone suited to Rotary, complete the Membership Referral Form .

I’m moving. How do I transfer my membership to a club in my new area?

All relocating Rotarians are encouraged to seek out clubs in their new location. Because each Rotary club is self-governing, however, membership isn’t transferable. Once you’ve been accepted for membership in a new club, you should resign your membership in your former club, as of your admittance date to your new club. Be sure to use your former membership number so your membership history is retained.

If you’re moving more than 20 miles away and will no longer be a member of your current Rotary club, you can either complete the Rotarian Relocation Form  or ask your club secretary to submit the  Membership Referral Form  on your behalf.

Read about membership provisions for special leaves of absence in Article 12, Section 2(a)(1) of theStandard Rotary Club Constitution .

Club presidents and secretaries: When processing the Membership Data Form  for a transferring member, use the member’s existing membership identification number to retain membership history and avoid duplicate records.

Please be advised that membership is by invitation only and at the discretion of the local Rotary club. Notified clubs are under no obligation to consider any person for membership.

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What are my options for making up missed meetings?

Rotarians have various opportunities to make up a missed meeting. Find out more .

Where can I find a new-member induction ceremony?

You can use or adapt any of these induction ceremonies  (PDF), submitted by Rotary clubs around the world.

Where can I find officer installation ceremonies?

You can use or adapt any of these sample officer installation ceremonies  (PDF).

How do I order membership publications?

You have three ways to get RI publications:

  1. Shop  online.
  2. Call or fax Publications Order Services (phone: +1-847-866-4600; fax: +1-847-866-3276). Check the RI Catalog  for publication names and item numbers.
  3. Download free PDF versions . Many membership materials, as well as other RI publications and resources, are offered as free downloads in the download library.

Where do I find a list of Rotary classifications?

Because of the ever-changing landscape of professional work and the unique commercial environments in which Rotary clubs are located, Rotary no longer keeps a standard list of classifications on file. Clubs are encouraged to create their own classification lists by using their local phone books, chambers of commerce, or other business directories. Classifications aren’t rigid and can reflect the many types of professions and positions that exist in particular industries. The law classification, for example, can be broken down into criminal law, tax law, intellectual property law, and other fields.

How I can I get my membership number?

Club members have three ways to get their membership identification number:

  1. Check the address label of your copy of The Rotarian or official Rotary regional magazine. The identification number appears directly above your name.
  2. E-mail RI’s Data Services Department , and ask to have this information faxed or mailed to you.
  3. Ask your club president or secretary.

Please note that RI prohibits giving membership identification numbers over the phone or e-mail.

Club presidents and secretaries: You can get club members’ identification numbers through Member Access . If you’re not already registered, be sure to have your district, club, and membership identification numbers ready. Once you’ve registered, you’ll be able to view your club’s membership records. If you need help, try using the Member Access tutorials .

How do I add or terminate club members?

If you’re a club president or secretary, you can add or terminate members through Member Access . (If you’re not already registered, be sure to have your district, club, and membership identification numbers ready.) Choose the Update Membership Data option. For security and privacy reasons, only club presidents and secretaries (as listed in official RI records) may update club records.

How can I obtain my Rotary Foundation giving history?

You can view your contribution history and make donations to The Rotary Foundation in Member Access . If you’re not already registered with Member Access, it takes only a few minutes. Be sure to have your membership, club, and district identification numbers ready.

How can I track Paul Harris Fellow or Sustaining Member contributions?

If you’re a club president or secretary, you can track contributions through Member Access . (If you’re not already registered, be sure to have your district, club, and membership identification numbers ready.) Choose the View Contributions option. For security and privacy reasons, only district governors and club presidents and secretaries (as listed in official RI records) may update club records.

How do I delete duplicate membership records?

Only RI Data Services can delete duplicate membership records. If someone in your club has a duplicate record, e-mail that person’s full name and membership ID number, along with your club name and ID number, to Data Services  and ask to have the duplicate record deleted. You can do this for duplicated member additions or terminations.

I accidentally terminated a member. How do I cancel that action?

You’ll need to reinstate the member’s active status as of the date it was terminated. If that date doesn’t work, enter the next calendar day. Be sure to use the member’s existing membership ID number.

Please be advised that even after you reinstate the member, the termination will appear in your club’s termination list. (Because of database constraints, no record can be deleted from the system.)

Where can I get ideas for strengthening my club’s membership development?

The membership development best practices web page  is updated regularly and contains successful ideas submitted by Rotary clubs and districts around the world. The Membership Minute , a bimonthly newsletter, offers ideas for revitalizing club activities and making successful activities even better.

How do I sign up for the Membership Minute newsletter?

Visit the The Membership Minute  page and enter your e-mail address in the “Subscribe” box to the left of the page.

Miscellaneous

How do I apply for a scholarship?

Since 1947, Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships  have given more than 41,000 men and women the opportunity to study abroad. Although the program will come to an end in 2013, new scholarship opportunities through the Foundation’s district  and global grants  will give Rotarians greater flexibility to sponsor scholars. Want to learn more? Contact your local Rotary club .

If I’m not a Rotary club member, can I still help out with service projects?

Yes! You can offer to assist any Rotary club with its local service projects. Use our Club Locator  to find a club in your area.

How many clubs are there in Rotary?

Rotary more than 33,000 Rotary clubs worldwide.

How many members are there worldwide?

There are more than 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide.

Where can I get the most up-to-date membership information?

Rotary International posts monthly membership figures on the  Membership Resources  page.

E-mail us  with questions about retention and recruitment techniques. If you need additional information, contact your Club and District Support representative .

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Darlene Ganub

I am a member of the small team that develops e-learning for the Rotary Club of Cebu North serving the underpriviledged in the Philippines.

I work with a team that provides leadership in the strategy, research, design and development of delightful learning experiences using mobile technology; identifying and addressing e-learning design opportunities.

My studies in Management provided me with the skills to create and develop sustainable high-impact projects in environments with limited resources. I have specialized in the creation of programs addressed to basic education and literacy using technology.

I am a researcher, a project manager in the making, and a strong believer in sustainable development and collaborative learning through e-learning. My goal is to mix all of these things together to create social impact and empower communities in the Philippines.

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Jerry Chang

 

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Born in Eastern China and majoring in the English language and linguistics, Mr. Chang taught English for a few years before becoming a tour guide at China International Travel Service’s (CITS’s) Nanjing branch in 1978. In 1987 he immigrated to the US.

After more than 20 years of hard work and devotion, Mr. Chang has built JC Pacific Trading Co. and Pacific Holidays from scratch to their current status. JC Pacific Trading Co is a key import/wholesale company for material handling industry based in New Jersey. Pacific Holidays is a major US tour operator for travel to Asia, the South Pacific and Latin America based in New York City.

Having lived through China’s tumultuous years in the ’60s and ’70s, Mr. Chang steadfastly pushes his businesses through the down times and ensures that it thrives during the good times. By now both of his businesses enjoy customer’s satisfaction and industry recognition. His philosophy is: “Putting principles ahead of profits.”

 

 

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Bridgette Proffitt

 

Bridgette Proffitt

Bridgette Proffitt is the Manager of Physical Power and Natural Gas for INTL FCStone, Inc. With a background in electricity trading, she is now a procurement consultant and advises companies on how to manage their commodity risk in electricity and natural gas spends. She holds a BBA from Washburn University in Topeka, KS. She resides in Topeka, KS with her eleven year old daughter, Peyton.

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Jose Rafael Ferreros

 

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Member, RC Cebu North 2011-Present
Past President, RC Mandaue East RY 1999-2000

Past Subcommittee Grants Chair, D 3860, RY 2004-2010

Past Senior Assistant Governor,
D 3860, RY 2001-03

Business Consultant (Retired)

*Change Management Manager, STRADCOM for LTO IT Project during roll-out of project throughout the 7,106 provinces of the Philippines 2002-2007

*Participated in several other BOT projects in the Philippines and Indonesia

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RI President Ron D. Burton

 

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Becoming a Polio Ambassador by Archie Panjabi

 

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Doing Good in Japan

 

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Doing Good in Seattle

 

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Doing Good in Ukraine

 

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Mark Hooper

 

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Mark A. Hooper

Senior Station Manager

 American Red Cross

Service to the Armed Forces

Mr. Mark A. Hooper has worked for the American Red Cross for over 14 years. Since joining the Red Cross, he has served around the world. His first assignment was in Fort Eustis, VA as an Assistant Station Manager in 2000. Subsequently, Mr. Hooper served as Asst. Station Manager in Heidelberg and Schweinfurt Germany. In 2004, Mark was promoted to Red Cross Station Manager and was assigned to Camp Red Cloud, Korea; Darmstadt, Germany and Fort Drum, NY. During his time in Fort Drum, Mr. Hooper worked with the Northern New York Chapter in creating volunteer opportunities for Fort Drum volunteers at an off post hospital in Watertown NY. Also he took the role as Casework trainer for the surrounding Chapter offices in Watertown and Potsdam NY.

In 2010, Mr. Hooper was promoted to Senior Station Manger and assigned to USAG Bavaria. His current duties include direct responsibility for offices in Rose Barracks, Tower Barracks, Hohenfels and oversees the Garmisch area. He also provides management support to the offices of Ansbach and Wiesbaden Germany.

Mr. Hooper has completed numerous conflict deployments which began with a forward deployment in Bosnia in 2001. In 2003, Mr. Hooper was part of the initial American Red Cross Team that deployed into Iraq attached to 3rd Infantry Division. He made a return trip to Iraq in 2004. In 2007-08, he deployed to the Red Cross Bagram Afghanistan office as team lead and returned to Bagram in 2012.

Mr. Hooper has participated in other special American Red Cross assignments. Most notable was his participation in the management teamed assigned in 2010 to the USNS Comfort in support of Operation Unified Response, Haiti.

Mark has been recognized by the US Para-Olympics for his work with the 3-10 Infantry Division (WTB) and their adaptive sports program; received the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service and the NATO Medal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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David Arnoldy

 

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Born: April 4, 1944 in San Diego California

Raised on a farm in north central Kansas.

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Grace Bigcas

 

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Grace Bigcas is involved in philanthropic work in the Philippines founded by Mr. Keith Hooper. She never expected that one day she would be given this wonderful opportunity to help improve the quality of life among Filipino families. Her work experience in McDonalds contributed to her operation management skills, and her ability to develop financial/accounting system. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Xavier University, Ateneo de Cagayan, and earned her Master’s in Business Administration at Fort Hays State University in Hays Kansas.

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Karol Finch

 

Karol Finch is a retired elementary teacher. She taught for thirty-three years, primarily in first and second grade. She was born in Colby, Kansas and raised in Smith Center, Kansas. She graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in elementary education and received a master’s degree from Colorado College in teaching. Karol enjoys reading, travel and genealogy among many other things (and is adding Rotary to the list).

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James Cunningham

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James is originally from Scotland but has had an illustrious career in production management with a number of companies worldwide. Jim currently lives part of the year in Talakag, Bukidnon, Philippines and the rest of the year in the United Kingdom. He is married to the former Lulu Santiago and they have 2 adult children.

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Ben Finch

 

Ben Finch is a retired pharmacist. He was born in Winterset, Iowa and grew-up in Missouri. He graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in business and the University of Kansas with a degree in pharmacy. Ben does volunteer pharmacy relief work at a local clinic in Colorado Springs. His spare time activities include genealogy, travel, and “farming”.

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Brandy Veatch

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Brandy Veatch, Manhattan, Kansas, USA –

I am a married to Laird Veatch and a full-time mom of 4 beautiful kids.  Three daughters and one son.  I have a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Kansas State University and a Master of Science in Social work from the University of Texas.  I work as an on-call Medical Social Worker at Mercy Regional Health Center in Manhattan, Kansas.  Most of my hospital work includes: crisis intervention and counseling along with death and dying support.

I am very involved in an organization in Kansas City, Missouri called The Global Orphan Project.  It is a group that assists local churches in third world countries in sponsoring orphanages and small local self-sustaining businesses.  I am currently on the advisory board for the GO Exchange (GOEX.org) which is a global marketplace that creates jobs, cares for orphans and changes lives.  With this organization I travel to Haiti and in the near future will travel to Uganda as well.

The welfare and safety of children has always been my passion.  Either close to home or far away.  I am dedicated to the care of orphans and widows and the sustainability of businesses in third world countries.  I believe my true talents lie in assisting families in grief support and crisis management. I am motivated and excited to join the Rotary family and the challenge to make a difference in the lives of others.

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Cynthia Elliott

 

Cynthia Elliott is Assistant Provost for Strategic Partnerships and Dean of Distance Learning at Fort Hays State University (FHSU) in Hays, Kansas. She focuses on policy making, program and partnership development, and maintenance of university, community college, corporate, military and international partnerships. Through these efforts and the hard work of others, the number of enrollments for FHSU has nearly tripled over the past decade. One of her significant achievements has been the establishment of the first jointly run, bachelor’s degree program in mainland China in the year 2000. Today, FHSU has 3,600 Chinese students at two partner universities in China offering five different bachelor’s programs and is expanding with additional partners for study abroad. FHSU was the first American University to be approved by the Minister of Education of the People’s Republic of China to offer a dual bachelor’s degree. Cynthia in active in expanding similar partnership relationships in other parts of the world. Cynthia has her educational background with Southern Illinois University for her bachelor’s degree; Florida International University for her master’s degree; and Harvard University for Management of Lifelong Education program. Prior to this role, Cynthia was Dean of FHSU’s Virtual College; Director of Distance Learning at Florida International University, Miami, Florida; and Manager of Product Development and Distribution at Miami-Dade Community College, Miami, Florida.

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From Child Soldier to Peace Soldier by Emmanuel Jal

 

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Raise a Village Project

 

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"Reasons for Hope" by Jane Goodall

 

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Haiyan or Yolanda - Be Happy

 

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Philippines Relief

 

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Haiyan or Yolanda

 

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Paterna (Pat) Bigcas Hooper

 

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Paterna (Pat) Bigcas Hooper was born and raised in the Philippines. Although
her family was poor, she was able to receive a number of academic scholarships
that enabled her to achieve her goal of becoming a teacher. She taught several
years in both private and public schools in the Philippines. In 1968 she married
Keith Hooper and immigrated to the USA where she continued to teach until their
daughter Melanie, was born. In addition to raising three children, she worked in
numerous accounting jobs while her husband was in the military. Throughout
her life, she could not forget the poverty that she experienced as a child. By her
words alone – “there are so many kids that have the “ability” but not the
“opportunity”. She was the driving force behind establishing “The HELP
Foundation.
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Melanie Williams

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Melanie is currently a stay-at-home mother but her background has been in Hotel/Restaurant
Management and non-profit organizations. She last worked with the American Red Cross in
various places around the world. Currently she is very active in the Spouses Club on Camp
Humphreys which raises money for scholarships and welfare grants. She is also active in the
Community Theater as a music assistant and in the Church.

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Matthew Williams

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Matthew is a LTC in the US Army currently stationed in Seoul, South Korea. Matt is a logistics officer and been in the military for 27 years and recently commanded a battalion in Korea. He has been stationed in Asia, Europe, various bases around the US, and been deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan. He originates from Vidalia, GA and plans to retire soon in Huntsville, AL

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Keith Hooper

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Keith was born in Smith County, Kansas and still lives part time on the farm that
his great grandfather homesteaded in the late 1800’s. After college at Kansas
State University, he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines where
he met and married his wife of 46 years, Paterna. After several successful careers
as a teacher, Army officer, magistrate judge, and rancher, Keith decided to
dedicate the remainder of his life to helping the poor in the Philippines. In 2004,
he and his wife founded The HELP Foundation, which has provided assistance to
thousands of poor Filipinos. Keith has been an active member of Rotary since
1996 and has served in a number of leadership positions, including District
Governor. He has received many military awards including the Army Bronze Star
and the Legion of Merit but his most coveted honor was receiving the Rotary
“Service Above Self” award.

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Cindy Tuxhorn

 

My name is Cindy Tuxhorn I live in Reamsville Kansas, I was born and raised in Brownsville, Pa., a coal miners’ daughter ,the middle child of five. I met my husband, Bret of 26 years come July, in Glenwood Springs Co., where I was a camp cook for an outfitter. I currently own The Curiosity Shop in beautiful, downtown Smith Center, Ks.an antique & collectable, as well as gifts and floral shop. I have mostly local venders. I enjoy all outdoor activities as well as traveling to historic sites and antique shopping

 

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Michael Hooper

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Katrina Lewis

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Katrina Lewis received her Bachelor of Interior Architecture in 1998 and Master of Regional and Community Planning in 2001 from Kansas State University. She has taught design studios at the college level since 1998: at Kansas State University in the Department of Interior Architecture and Product Design, at Chongqing Jinazhu University in the People’s Republic of China for one year, in Afghanistan at Kabul University for two summers, and humanities courses in Bangladesh at the Asian University for Women for a year. Katrina received the honor of being selected as a Rotary Peace Fellowship for professional studies in peace and conflict resolution at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand from June – August 2012. She earned her Rotary Professional Development Certificate after studies in theories of peace and conflict resolution, analysis and intervention strategies, and application to stakeholders and society. This was a life-changing experience, influencing Katrina’s aspiration to create a strong link between design and peace.

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