President of Rotary International 2012-13, his theme – “Peace Through Service”, inspirational “father” of We Rotary, believes that everyone can do something to make this a more peaceful world, endowed a peace fellowship with the Rotary Foundation.
Genesis Leong is a program & special events coordinator for large scale events focused on cutting-edge technology, social change and community development. Her ambitions in 2015 includes; Graduate Studies in Disability & Diversity; President of We Rotary D5000 eClub; Organizer/Lead Curator for TEDxHonolulu; Educational-Researcher at the University of Hawaii.
I am passionate about empowering youth with their visions for peace, connecting people globally, Rotary fellowship, fishing in Alaska, living in Hawaii, our granddaughter in San Francisco, doing Rotary health fairs in exotic places, traveling to natural places.
I am a past district governor, started 6 clubs in Russia, chaired the Rotary Global Peace Forum in Honolulu, Hawaii in 2012…I have traveled the world for Rotary.
Lisa K. is a digital media consultant, helping small businesses connect with the digital universe. She is passionate about service to others. “My favorite part of the process is the exchange of knowledge that comes from working directly with business owners. I love to teach, I love to learn and I love to problem solve and because the internet is constantly in a state of change, these elements show up in every project.”
~ Paul Harris Fellow
I’m passionate about Great March for Climate Action, President Obama, Earth’s wilds, Alaska’s waters, California coasts & desert, Colorado Rockies, beautiful writing, sanctuaries, sustainability, and TEDxVail. Talk to me about WILD places/people, renewable energy, emerging environmental leaders, 1988 aerial ski jumping, TEDxHomer.
Jamil Simon, president and founder of Spectrum Media, is an award-winning producer and director of documentary films and educational media. He began working in the field of conflict resolution education in 1996 in Jordan, and since then has become passionate about using media to promote peacebuilding and accelerate teacher training in conflict resolution skills.
“To promote peace, we must promote peacebuilding, and to do that we must give peacebuilders the tools to shine a light on the transformative stories of their work.”
Dr. Eddie Aung-Gyi Lim taught medicine to para-medics, nurses, medical students and resident physicians at Caritas Medical Center, Hong Kong and University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine. He served as the Vice-President of the Burmese Doctors Society of Hong Kong from 1989 to 1993. He was also the Founder and President of the Myanmar Association of Hawaii from 1998 to 2006. Dr. Lim is a keen supporter and active participant in social and humanitarian works in Myanmar and the United States.
Multilingual, Fulbright scholar, graduate of Leningrad State University. mother to Alexandra, served as secretary of one of the first Russian NGO’s “Russian-American Women’s Lovett’s Center” and as the first secretary of Avachinsky Rotary club. Paul Harris Fellow
I joined Rotary because this is an International organization uniting people from all over the world, not alienating people; because its principles are equality, compassion and help to people in need; because it is not about power and supremacy, but about development of potential and peace.
Jeff Howard believes in the Rotary mission and continues to work within the Olympic Movement.
Leah Bolger retired from the U.S. Navy at the rank of Commander after twenty years of active duty service. She was elected as the first female President of Veterans For Peace in 2012, and in 2013 was selected to present the Ava Helen and Linus Pauling Memorial Peace Lecture at Oregon State University. She is an active member of the Women’s League for International Peace and Freedom (WILPF), Veterans For Peace, We Rotary, and World Beyond War, an international coalition to abolish war.
Daw Tin May Aung, former Director of Miyuki Travel & Tours & Trading, finds peace in giving humanitarian aid to Rakhine people of Myanmar. She is an expert in English Language Teaching Methodology and speaks fluent French, English, and Japanese.
Elsa Soto Beljean, International Business graduate. MBA student. Youth Exchange to France in 2004. Rotaractor for 7 years in Mexico and founder of the first club in California’s Imperial Valley. Promotes Rotary during workshops at UN Headquarters. Guest Speaker at our International Assembly in 2015. WE Rotarian with her husband Beau Beljean.
Beau Beljean, Project Development Associate with ZGlobal in El Centro, CA, assists California utilities to meet the Renewable Energy Standard by 2020, replacing 33% of fossil fueled power with renewable energy. He engineers and cross functionally coordinates all phases of utility scale energy solutions or renewable energy developers. Through Rotary, he and his wife met and married.
Singaporean, Healthcare and Education Business in China
Retired DOD Facilities, Maintenance & Management Officer for Marine Corps. Specializing in international construction & logistics.
Ira Helfand, MD is co-President of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.
I enjoy helping people make a difference in the lives of others and the well-being of our planet—through my work as a philanthropy professional and my passion for writing & storytelling. From my home on California’s far north redwood coast, I’ve had opportunities to travel and connect with families in developing areas of the world. Enabling those living in poverty and conflict to pursue their own life potential, within a diverse, healthy ecosystem, is one reason I’ve joined WE Rotary.
We Rotary could create a very colorful curiosity: riveting, captivating, bold. Like a landing on Mars with a thousand things going right before we can deliver on the promise of peace in our time, capture my imagination. We Rotary could make our time together matter. We Rotary could design our gatherings as solution celebrations and scale outs for serious subjects. We Rotary could point to places humanity needs to pay attention and ask is that really where we want to invest our precious life force. We Rotary is positive, grounded, known within and looking out without personal gain in mind. We Rotary is grateful for the possibility of peace in our time, respecting our planet. We Rotary grows our networks as we reach together to scale our our proven local solutions.
Our combined unique genius is looking for an expression. How will we respond? Let’s push past our uncertainty and be all We Rotary suspect we can be. We Rotary knows much from our own life experiences.
What We Rotary knows most is still a story to written, with a beginning, middle, and end. Perhaps our beginning is birthed from another’s end. If this is so, let’s honor our commitment to those rooted ideals and grow deeper with new branches of engagement. We Rotarians can become a tale of broad hope, committed to living peacefully in a more complex world of increasing connected networks of compassion. In our time, in our places We Rotarians recognize the dark and dangerous hopelessness. Unfairness, injustice, inequality runs rampant in places We Rotary has yet to hear the cries of the silenced and powerless. We Rotarians can be brave. We Rotary can be courageous in finding paths forward for those paralized by the worst things they’ve ever done. We Rotary, too, evolves the fireside chats into social media, tweets, posts, hangouts. We Rotary can be trail blazers for a glorious end to our contributionary parable as the next generation steps forward and brings their fresh ideas to bear on humanity.