Barbara Gaughen-Muller, President of the E Club invites you to join her on line Tuesday evening at 6:30pm Pacific time.
We will be using Zoom meeting to connect.
Agenda for On Line Meeting 2021
13 April 2021
6:30 PM PDT
Welcome from President Barbara Gaughen-Muller
Roll call and Introductions
Current Announcements and News
Comments and Questions
13 April 2021
Shekhar Mehta, Rotary International President 2021-22
Shekhar Mehta is only the 4th Indian in 115 years to be nominated as the President of Rotary International for the year 2021-22. Shekhar Mehta was born in 1959 in Kolkata India. A keen academician, he graduated from St. Xavier’s College, and has the unique combination of Masters in Commerce, a qualified Chartered Accountant, Cost Accountant and Company Secretary. He heads the Skyline Group engaged in Real Estate Development in different parts of India, including the largest group housing in the state of Rajasthan. He is member of many professional, cultural and charitable organizations. He has served as trustee of (i) Shelter Box (UK) He is a trustee of (ii) Operation Eyesight India, a Canada based organization. Shekhar Mehta joined Rotary in 1985 He is a member of Rotary Calcutta Mahanagar. He served as District Governor in 1999-2000 and was elevated to the Board of Directors of Rotary International for 2011-2013. He has been Chairman of Joint Partnership Committee of Rotary International Strategic Planning Committee of Rotary International Rotary India Literacy Mission. Rotary Foundation India. Rotary India Centennial Celebrations. Rotary India Humanity Foundation. He served as Director on the Board of Rotary International from 2011 to 2013. While serving as Rotary International Director, he helped Rotary add 2 countries to its fold – Bhutan & Maldives. Keenly dedicated to service, Shekhar Mehta has led many major service initiatives in India & South Asia. Some significant initiatives are: Constructing 500 homes for Tsunami survivors at Andaman & NicobarIslands. Starting the Shelter Kit program in India which has served about 20 disasters distributing more than 15,000 Shelter Kits helping about 75,000 disaster victims. He started saving little hearts a pediatric Heart Surgery Program – through this he has got done more than 2,500 heart surgeries for children from across India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal & African Countries. He also facilitated for the program to now become a National Program. Conceptualizing nationwide T-E-A-C-H a literacy program in India having reached out to more than 50,000 Schools and 15 million children. T-E-A-C-H is a holistic program on literacy. Rotary is working on the T-E-A-C-H Program with the Central Government and many State Governments. The Program has been replicated in Nepal & Pakistan. He has helped take the E-learning Program to millions of children through the television channels of Government of India. He is the architect of the Rotary Total Literacy Program ofIndia. He has been Instrumental in setting up more than 15 Eye Hospitals across India serving nearly 50,000 eye operations each year. He started a scholarship program called UDAAN for marginalized children. Over last 10 years 1,000 scholarships have been given by his club. Responding to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s national call – He has helped set up 6000 rural toilets benefitting 30,000 people. Shekhar Mehta is spearheading an India-wide projects in collaboration with the Government of India, in the areas of Water, Sanitation, Literacy, Healthcare, Environment and Disaster Management. The result of these programs he professes will be “Rotary’s Role in Nation Building in India”. The Prime Minister of India and various cabinet Ministers have applauded these mega initiatives of Rotary in India. Shekhar Mehta is a motivational speaker. He has spoken at hundreds of events nationally and internationally. His motivation skills are par excellence which has helped raise millions of dollars for The Rotary Foundation. Shekhar.Mehta is recipient of the highest awards of Rotary International & The Rotary Foundation, (i) “Service Above Self Award” (ii) “The Meritorious Service Award” (iii) “The Distinguished Service Award”. He will serve as the world leader of 1.2 million Rotarians in 200 countries and geographical areas in the year 2021-2022. Shekhar Mehta is married to Rashi Mehta. She is a social worker and is a stage artist having performed in socially relevant plays across India. They have a son Chiraag married to Geeta, a daughter Geeta and a grandson Veer. His guiding mantra in life is “Service is the rent that we pay for the space we occupy on this earth”.
20 April 2021
David Cortright, Director of Policy Studies. “Current Peace Challenges and Opportunities”
David Cortright is the Director of Policy Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame and Chair of the Board of the Fourth Freedom Forum in Goshen, Indiana. Cortright is the author or editor of seventeen books, including the forthcoming Ending Obama’s War (Paradigm Press, 2011). Other recent works include Towards Nuclear Zero with Raimo Väyrynen (International Institute for Strategic Studies’ Adelphi series, 2010), Peace: A History of Movements and Ideas (Cambridge University Press, 2008), the 2 nd edition of Gandhi and Beyond: Nonviolence for a New Political Age (2009) and Uniting Against Terror: Cooperative Nonmilitary Responses to the Global Terrorist Threat (MIT Press, 2007), co-edited with George A. Lopez. Over the past decade he and Lopez have written or co-edited a series of major works on multilateral sanctions, including Smart Sanctions, Sanctions and the Search for Security, and The Sanctions Decade. Cortright is also editor of The Price of Peace: Incentives and International Conflict Prevention. Cortright has written widely on nonviolent social change, nuclear disarmament, and the use of multilateral sanctions and incentives as tools of international peacemaking. He has provided research services to the foreign ministries of Canada, Sweden, Switzerland, Japan, Germany, Denmark and The Netherlands and has served as consultant or adviser to agencies of the United Nations, the Carnegie Commission on Preventing Deadly Conflict, the International Peace Academy, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Cortright has a long history of public advocacy for disarmament and the prevention of war. As an active duty soldier during the Vietnam War he spoke against that conflict. In 1978 Cortright was named executive director of SANE, the Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy, which under his leadership grew from 4,000 to 150,000 members and became the largest disarmament organization in the United States. Cortright was actively involved in the nuclear freeze movement of the 1980s. In November 2002 he helped to create Win Without War, a coalition of national organizations opposing the invasion and occupation of Iraq. Cortright is a 1968 graduate of the University of Notre Dame. In 1970 he received his M.A. from New York University. His doctoral studies were completed in 1975 at the Union Institute in residence at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C.
27 April 2021
Christine Ahn, Women Cross DMZ
Christine Ahn is the founder and Executive Director of Women Cross DMZ, a global movement of women mobilizing to end the Korean War and ensure women’s leadership in peace building. In 2015, she led 30 international women peacemakers across the De-Militarized Zone (DMZ) from North Korea to South Korea. They walked with 10,000 Korean women on both sides of the DMZ and held women’s peace symposia in Pyongyang and Seoul where they discussed how to end the war. She has addressed the United Nations, the US Congress, and ROK National Human Rights Commission, and is a regular contributor to the media, including The New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, MSNBC, and Democracy Now! Christine is the co-founder of the Korea Peace Network, Korea Policy Institute, and Global Campaign to Save Jeju Island. She has a Masters in foreign policy from Georgetown University.
4 May 2021
Paul Chappell, Peace Literacy
Paul K. Chappell is an international peace educator and creator of Peace Literacy. He serves as the Executive Director of the Peace Literacy Institute. He graduated from West Point, was deployed to Iraq, and left active duty as a Captain. He is the author of the seven-book Road to Peace series about ending war, waging peace, the art of living, and our shared humanity. The first six published books in this series are Will War Ever End?, The End of War, Peaceful Revolution, The Art of Waging Peace, The Cosmic Ocean, and Soldiers of Peace. Lecturing across the United States and internationally, he also teaches courses and workshops on Peace Leadership and Peace Literacy. Chappell grew up in Alabama, the son of a half-black and half-white father who fought in the Korean and Vietnam wars, and a Korean mother. Having grown up in a violent household, Chappell has forged a new understanding of war and peace, rage and trauma, and vision, purpose, and hope. His website is peaceliteracy.org
11 May 2021
Vicki Puliz, Rotary International Director Elect for Zones 26/27
Vicki Puliz | Rotary International Director 2021-2023 Vicki will serve as Rotary International Director from the “Big West” Zones 26 & 27 from 2021 to 2023. Vicki is a proud member of the Rotary Club of Sparks, Nevada. She joined Sparks Rotary in 1992, served as club president in 2004-2005, and as Governor for District 5190 in 2013-2014. Vicki’s “Why” in Rotary is to make a positive difference—whether in youth service, public image, polio eradication, leadership development, education, or growing Rotary through new clubs and supporting Rotarians and Rotaractors. Vicki graduated from the University of Utah with a Marketing degree and Master of Business Administration and went on to own a commercial electrical contracting firm in northern Nevada. Vicki and her husband, Tim, live in Reno, Nevada at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Their blended family includes 7 adult children, 9 grandchildren, and 3 Rotary Youth Exchange daughters. Their interests include outdoor activities and general aviation. Vicki and Pilot Tim are members of the International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians. They support Our Rotary Foundation as Major Donors and members of the Paul Harris Society, Polio Plus Society, and the Bequest Society. Service in Rotary: RI Director 2021-23 International Assembly Training Leader 2020 Far West PETS Education Chair 2020