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Agenda for On Line Meeting
16 April 2019
6:30 PM PDT
- Welcome from President Karyn Westervelt
- Roll call and Introductions
- Inspirational/International Moment
- Current Announcements and News
- Comments and Questions
16 April 2019
Marilyn King, Olympian
Marilyn King is a two-time Olympian in the five event Pentathlon. Her 20-year athletic career includes five national titles and a World Record. An automobile accident in 1979 rendered her unable to train physically for her third Olympic Team. Using only mental training techniques she placed second at the Olympic trials for the 1980 Moscow Games.
This extraordinary experience and resulting research led to a 35-year career as an expert in the field of exceptional human performance. Her work focuses on systemic change in the areas of business, education and peace.
Marilyn’s participation in an international, five- year think tank on the role of business in peace building led to a career conducting programs for senior executives with global responsibilities at Fortune 500 companies. Her corporate clients include: AT&T, IBM, Ikea, Microsoft, Nokia, Oracle, Starbucks and Wells Fargo.
Marilyn has also presented at over 200 national and international education conferences with academicians and researchers who are designing the schools of the future. Her most pioneering work, a joint Russian-American venture called “The Peace Team” resulted in two opportunities to speak at the United Nations and an invitation to create a U.N. sub-committee on the role of sport in peace building.
In 2017 Marilyn was honored with the Distinguished Alumna Award from Cal State University East Bay and a Lifetime Achievement Award from The Visioneers International Network in Vancouver Canada. Marilyn has also been featured in numerous articles and books including, Enlightened Power- How Women Are Transforming the Practice of Leadership by Lin Coughlin, Marilyn’s television and radio interviews include The News Hour with Jim Lehrer and NBC Nightly News.
23 April 2019
Robert DeLaurentis, Zen Pilot
Robert DeLaurentis, “Zen Pilot,” is a successful author, speaker, pilot, real estate entrepreneur, philanthropist and Navy Gulf War Veteran. His books include the best-selling Zen Pilot: Flight of the Passion and the Journey Within; Flying Thru Life: How to Grow Your Business and Relationships Through Applied Spirituality; and the forthcoming, Citizen of the World: To the Ends of the Earth and Beyond.
Soushiant earned his BA (PoliSci & IR) from the University of British Columbia, a Diplôme in International Affairs from Sciences-po Paris, an MPP (Public Policy & Economics) from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), and attended Singularity University’s Global Solutions Program as a Google Scholar. He was awarded a full scholarship by the UK’s Foreign Office as one of four Canadian Chevening Scholars for his Masters.
Deepa is the founder of a non-profit organization named PACE Universal (www.paceuniversal.com), a Past District Governor (PDG) of Rotary International District 5240; Over the past ten years, Deepa’s time and personal resources have been dedicated to the founding and developing of the Piyali Learning Center (PLC) outside of Calcutta, India and spreading the message of the value of girls’ education throughout the world. Her dedicated work at PLC, which she developed through her non-profit organization, PACE Universal, is resulting in the creation of a sustainable village rehabilitation model and she is working to end human trafficking in India.
Deepa took the Piyali Learning Center from a little shack for 20 girls to a newly built school with classrooms and playground for over 220 girls, all funded with her private donations and a grant from Rotary International. She is most proud that she did this without bribing any officials so all the donations went directly to the school.
Deepa is an inspiration to all. Her outstanding work in this area didn’t begin until she was 60! Lesson: we are never too old or too young to change the world. Her inspiration and slide show will inspire you to share her story with others. She is a proud member of the UNA Santa Barbara chapter.
For the last 8 years, Alex Haimanis, a Greek-American naturalized citizen, has been leading Mission Tanzania, drilling new water wells in 16 villages around Bukoba. Now 35,000 people have easier access to reliably clean well water. With two trucks, a drilling rig, and a hoist purchased entirely from donated funds, the local crew expects to drill 15 new wells in 2017 at a cost of only $5,000 per well. This is far cheaper than many well-drilling operations run by NGOs using leased equipment.
Mission Tanzania was formed in 2009 by volunteers of Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church to improve basic services for the villagers. The first project was a medical mission to Bukoba. In 2010, collaborating with St. Paul Greek Orthodox Church of Irvine, Haimanis and the committee organized and accompanied a team of volunteer doctors and nurses who treated 850 villagers during a two-week clinic. Haimanis returned in 2012 with a second medical team along with $40,000 in donated medications for the newly opened Ufufuo Health Center. This time, the team treated more than 500 patients and created a computerized patient database.
“During our second medical mission to Tanzania, I saw a child fill her empty plastic bottle from a muddy roadside puddle and, without hesitating, put it to her lips and drink it. That was the moment that shocked me into action,” said Haimanis.
There are more than 200 villages in Bukoba, most of which do not have access to clean water and safe sanitation. The villagers rely on rainfall to collect untreated water from drainage ditches, creeks, and roadside puddles, creating a health crisis and requiring women and children to spend hours each day fetching water rather than attending to family, work, or school.
Haimanis, at 81 years old, knows about growing up in a village. He was born in Stromi, Greece, in 1936. When he was a small child, the Germans bombed his village. The villagers fled to the caves in the mountains and subsisted on what little food they could carry and the local wild greens. Haimanis and his village endured the oppression of the German occupation and survived the civil war that followed. When he was 12, Haimanis was sent away to continue his education. He joined the Greek navy in 1956 and learned how to be a radioman and code breaker.
Haimanis retired in 2001 after 35 years managing the bar at Harry’s, but his work in service to others continues. Now in his ninth decade, Haimanis pursues his dream that all 200 villages in Bukoba would have access to fresh, clean water. “We don’t just drill wells and let the villagers figure out how to manage the water,” stated Haimanis. “We train representatives from each village on good sanitation and hygiene practices so they in turn can teach these practices in their communities.”