Rotary World Peace Conference

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Rotary World Peace Conference
Ontario, California, USA
January 2015


About the Peace Conference


World Peace Conference Speakers

World Peace Conference Speakers TRACK M

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Kapa Alexeyeva is a chartered member of Yakutsk Rotary club since 1994. She served as a chartered secretary, President, Assistant Governor, District Committee Chair. In 1988 after the cold war and start of perestroika in the USSR Kapa was the first person from her city of Yakutsk to participate in Sharon Tennison’s CCI program “Russians, Meet Middle America!” and thus she became the first citizens’ Ambassador from her area. Since then Kapa became strong and devoted advocate of ideas of peace and mutual understanding between different counties and nations. For more information visit


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.


Michael D. Bardin is the chief public policy officer for Scripps Health and as such oversees Scripps’ role in the development of health care policy on federal, state and local levels. In his 30 years with Scripps, Bardin previously headed Scripps’ public relations and marketing communications. A Past President of the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club, Bardin co-founded the Rotary District 5340 Pathways to Peace initiative in 2004 and he continues to chair the District Pathways to Peace Steering Committee. He was named Rotary District 5340 Rotarian of the Year in 2014. For more information visit


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.


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.


Zones 25 & 26 Governor- Elect Training Conference planner and facilitator of spouses program mulitple years.AZ Tri-District President -Elect Training Conference facilitator multiple years. D5500: Youth Exchange Committee multiple years; District Trainer 06-08; Chair Rotary Leadership Institute 2007 – 2012; VTT Chair 2011-2014; Rotaract Chair 2014-2016; Catalina Tucson Rotary Club President 2011-2012; Major Donor & Bequest Society Member; Daughters, Sons in-law and grandsons are all PHF; Married to Past District Governor Al Chesser; Nurse- Educator.


Randal Eric Eastman, a Canadian living in China for 17 years, is an avid brand Ambassador for Dragonfy Therapeutic Retreat in Shanghai. a chain of 20 world-class day spas in China. He would like to see “Dragonfy” used as a verb, and coined the phrase “Relax the World,” believing that the world would be a much better place for all if we could just sit down together for a good foot massage. Randal led the revival of the Rotary Club of Shanghai, now grows Rotary in China as the Special Representative to China, and serves DPR Korea (North Korea) Rotary projects.


Kat Haber brought TEDx to Homer, Alaska and Vail, Colorado. She believes that ideas worth spreading deserve leaders amplifying them into action in their communities. She’s honored to serve through Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, WILD Foundation, We Rotary. She walked across America in the Great March for Climate Action last year.

As an Engagement Coordinator, Guido Hajenius manages programs in Southern California for iEmpathize, and engages the region in efforts against child exploitation and trafficking. His work includes fundraising; developing a base of interns and volunteers; and providing training for educators, law enforcement, and local community members.  Guido is a regional representative of Truckers Against Trafficking, and has worked with the organization for many years engaging with members of the trucking industry in the fight against human trafficking. For more information
Clara M. Harris is the Owner/operator of CMH Consulting providing various services to the San Diego County area. These services include: Fair Housing Testing, Conflict Resolution, Education in Fair Housing Law, Race/Human Relations Education and Community Building. Joined La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club in 1988 and served as President in 2001-2002. Served as Assistant Governor of the district in 2003-2004 and 2006 -2007. Currently holds the position of co-Chair of the Pathways to Peace Committee and Chair of the Family of Rotary Committee at the district level. At the club level she is the Peace Chair and Family of Rotary Chair. For more information

An emergency room doctor, Ira feels as a physician and internal medicine doctor in Springfield, MA, he has a unique and critically important message about the dangers of nuclear war and climate change. He’s currently the Co-President of the global federation, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. He’s Past President of Physicians for Social Responsibility and presented on nuclear nonproliferation for Rotary in Rio.


PDG2710 2002-2003,board member of Yoneyama Memorial Foundation. He lives in Hiroshima, Japan, has been passionate about global peace since his nuclear tragedy. Chaired Rotary Global Peace Forum in Hiroshima in 2013.He serves “Green Legacy Hiroshima”, spreading Hiroshima’s atomic-bomb survivor trees worldwide. He was awarded with the Medal of Honor, Blue Ribbon in 1995.The nation also awarded him with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette in 2003 for his outstanding work to the society.


Dr. Ok-Kyung Kim, born in Daegu, Republic of Korea, now an assistant professor at Tokyo University of Agriculture. Receiving Rotary Yoneyama Scholarship in 2007, she finished her master’s degree. Her Ph.D. focuses on identification, characterization, and analyses of diverse plant viruses. Rotary made her dream come true; she loves spreading it’s wonderful spirit to the next generation. She belongs to Rotary Club of Tokyo Yoneyama YUAI in RID 2750.


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.


Program Manager and Design Strategist for N Square: The Crossroads for Nuclear Innovation —a $2 million dollar two-year pilot creating a new funding model funding for nuclear security.

In Australia one learns at school about the ANZAC story at Gallipoli. In 2015 I visited Turkey on the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli, Seeing many places with prominent historians on a Rotary tour. This gave a deeper understanding of the issues and factors contributing to itspeaceful outcome. I also attended the Istanbul conference on Peace, Friendship and Understanding where a Joint declaration of continued efforts towards maintaining Peace was jointly singed by Rotary representatives of Australia, New Zealand and Turkey.
At the age of 9 Mac was inspired to send soccer balls to kids in need around the world.  In the past three years Mac has built a website; raised funds; arranged for the Australian soldiers to take soccer balls to Afghanistan; met the Governor of Queensland; won a United Nations Association of Australia award; delivered soccer balls to the children of refugees in Australian refugee immigration detention centres, as well as over 4000 soccer balls to kids in 22 countries including Cambodia, Uganda, the Solomon Islands, Nepal, Tibet and the Maldives. For more information

Nadezhda Papp was a deputy mayor of Magadan for social issues. She developed the twin-city relationships between Anchorage (Alaska, USA) and Magadan city (Russia). Charter-President of RC Magadan and RC “Moscow-East” then ADG in 1993, she established Rotary across Siberia and Russia’s Far East region into D5010. She was the first female Governor of Russia D2220. She’s now ARC zone 15’s district trainer.


ADG Hiroko Seki is a Grand Master of Tea Ceremony (Omote senke) for 25 years. She lives in Tokyo. She was a Computer trainer and ran a PC schools for kids and young generations. Hiroko is a Rotarian since 1997. She founded two Rotary Clubs, the first multinational Yoneyama Yuai Club & Yoneyama E-Club 2750 with 31 members each from 8 countries, is the special representative for both clubs. They use Japanese as common communication language.

Sakuji Tanaka, a member of the Rotary Club of Yashio, Saitama, Japan, was RI President 2012-13.  His theme was Peace Through Service, which emphasized peace as one of the Rotary’s major avenues of service.  He held Peace Forums in Berlin, Honolulu and Hiroshima, which served as the inspiration for this peace conference. Sakuji is an honorary member of the peace e-club of D5000 Hawaii (We Rotary) coordinator of Tract M, Rotary Creating Peace Internationally. Sakuji established an endowed Rotary Peace Fellowship, and he and his wife, Kyoko, are Paul Harris Fellows, Benefactors of the Permanent Fund, Major Donors and members of the Arch Klumph Society. For more information

Evgenia Terekhova, District Governor 2013-14, 3rd woman District Governor in Russia. Some of her accomplishments during her term: she started a monthly e-Journal, worked with the US-Russia ICC Committee, 3 new clubs in District 2225 were chartered, and sister agreements were signed with districts in South Korea and Taiwan.

Grant Wilkins – Past Rotary International Director.  At 25, Grant was afflicted with a deadly form of polio. Wilkins lives “Service Above Self.” A man of boundless energy and optimism, he established Artists of America, raising nearly $20 million for Rotary’s Polio Plus program. Over 1,000 Rotary Health Fairs in Russia annually happen from his original efforts.

Dr. Jinhua YANG was born in Shanghai, China, an associate professor at Teikyo University. She received Rotary Yoneyama Scholarship from 2002-05 and it was greatly helped her to finish her PhD degree at Keio University. Her research field is the analysis of the corporate governance of Chinese enterprises and the competitive strategy of multinational enterprises. Jinhua is the first president of Rotary Club of Tokyo Yoneyama YUAI which is the first multinational club in Japan with members from 8 countries. She is also an assistant extension of Tokyo Yoneyama Rotary E-club in RID2750.

Frank Yih is a past president of the Shanghai Rotary Club. Frank operates his own NGO in China, partnering with Rotary on projects from health to education. Frank is the recipient of the service above self award.
Steve Yoshida retired from practicing commercial law in Homer, Alaska after 25 years. He now lives in Hilo, Hawaii. In Alaska, Steve was president of the Homer Chamber of Commerce, Homer’s Citizen of the Year in 1989, and co-founded the Homer Community Foundation, Center for Alaska Coastal Studies, and the Homer Sister City Associations with cities in Russia and Japan. As Rotary District Governor in 1994-95 (Alaska, Yukon, Eastern Russia with 11 time zones), Steve helped to start 12 Russian clubs.  Steve is the recipient of Rotary’s Service Above Self award. and served on numerous RI and Rotary Foundation committees. In Hawaii, Steve was the Chair of the Rotary Global Peace Forum, 25-27 January 2013. For more information


WE Rotary eClub D5000 Members Conference Presentation


Galina Aron, former Russian Rotarian from St.Peterburg (Rotary White Nights club), currently member of the virtual We Rotary club, interpreter for the ISS project (NASA).

Jamil is President of Spectrum Media, a media production and communications consulting firm he founded over 40 years ago. Jamil is currently in pre-production on a documentary film about peacebuilding in Burundi called “Fragile Island of Peace.” He has made several award-winning documentary films on a range of subjects including hunger in America, solar energy, nutrition and health. His films have been broadcast on PBS and commercial TV stations, and have been shown in schools, colleges, and other venues. For more information
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.