Each year, we feature Rotary International leaders and other special guests as our keynote speakers. They bring us humor, challenges, and inspiration.
For our 2019 event, the four keynote speakers are:
President 2019-2020, Rotary International
Mark is a member of the law firm of Blackburn, Maloney, and Schuppert LLC in Decatur, Alabama, practicing in the areas of taxation, estate planning, and agricultural law. A Rotarian since 1980, Mark is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Decatur and served as Governor of District 6860 in 1989-90. Mark also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Rotary International in 1999-2001 and as the Aide to Jonathan Majiyagbe of Nigeria, the President of Rotary International for 2003-04
Mark was Vice Chairman of the 2004 Council on Legislation, Chairman of the 2010 Council on Legislation, and Parliamentarian and Trainer for the 2016 Council on Legislation. He served as a Trustee of the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International in 2004-08 and was the Vice Chairman of the Trustees in 2006-07 and 2007-08.
Mark served four terms as Chairman of Rotary International's Operations Review Committee and was the Chairman of the 2014 Sydney Convention Committee and Vice Chairman of The Rotary Foundation's Future Vision Committee. He is a recipient of the Citation for Meritorious Service and the Distinguished Service Award presented by the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation.
Mark's wife, Gay, is an attorney at the same firm and a charter member and Past President of the Rotary Club of Decatur Daybreak, Alabama. Both Mark and Gay are Paul Harris Fellows, Benefactors, and Major Donors of The Rotary Foundation and members of its Bequest Society. They have two daughters, one goddaughter, and two grandsons.
Trustee 2018-2022, The Rotary Foundation
A Trustee of The Rotary Foundation 2018-22, Sangkoo is a member Joint Committee on Partnership, Global Networking Committee and a 2019 Hamburg ICC adviser. SangKoo has chaired 2016 Seoul Convention Host Organizing Committee. He has served as a Director of Rotary International 2013-15 and worked in a various committees including the Joint Strategic Planning Committee.
He has served as a Coordinator Train Leader, Future Vision Train Leader, International Assembly Training Leader. Sangkoo was the Centennial District Governor of D-3650 North Seoul, Korea. He has co-chaired Keep Mongolia Green Project from 2004 to 2011 which planted wind break forest in Gobi Desert to combat desertification. He is a charter member of SaeHanyang Rotary Club in 1986. With his wife Eunsun, he is a member of the Arch Klump Society, Paul Harris Fellow Society, and a Benefactor of The Rotary Foundation.
Since 1985, he is the president of Dongsuh Corporation which engineers and markets architectural materials. He is a director of The President Yun Posun Memorial Foundation, The National Trust of Korea and chairs Seoul Spring Festival of Chamber Music. He has earned B Arch and M Arch from Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York. Veteran of the Republic of Korean Army, he is an elder at the Andong Presbyterian Church since 1997. SangKoo and Eunsun they have a son, a daughter and three grandchildren.
Director 2013-2015, Rotary International
A 1982 Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar to Australia, Larry served as RI Director 2013-2015. He joined Rotary in 1991, was President of the Rotary Club of Kansas City-Plaza, Missouri in 1997-1998, and was District Governor of Missouri D6040 in 2001-2002. He has also served as International Assembly Lead Trainer, RI President's Representative, RI Committe member and vice-chair, and Facilitator at RI Conventions.
Larry is a Major Donor, a Benefactor, a Charter Member of the Bequest Society and the D6040 Paul Harris Society, and has been awarded the Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service and the RI Service Above Self Award.
A certified public accountant, Larry is SVP/CFO of Bernstein-Rein Advertising, Inc. in Kansas City, MO. Larry and his wife of 28 years, Jill, have two children, Trent and Cara, all of whom are Paul Harris Fellows. He enjoys blue and yellow M&Ms, all sports, travel, and collecting sports memorabilia, and waits patiently for the day when the Kansas City Chiefs will win the Super Bowl.
Trustee 2019-2023, The Rotary Foundation
Jennifer has served Rotary International in many leadership roles including as Vice President in 2016-2017 and now as a Trustee Elect of The Rotary Foundation.
Jennifer is the co-chair of the End Polio Now — Make History Today campaign to raise $150 million dollars, she is the Moderator of the 2020 International Assembly and she is the Promotions Chair for the 2019 Rotary International Convention in Hamburg, Germany.
She has been recognized with many awards and recognitions including Rotary's Service above Self Award and the Citation for Meritorious Service, the YMCA Peace Medallion, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal and Wayne State University's Peacemaker of the Year Award — a first for a Canadian.
Jennifer is happily married to Nick Krayacich a local family physician. They share a love for many things including travel, cycling, golf and relaxing at their family cottage. They are members of the Arch C. Klumph Society, the Paul Harris Society and are charter members of the Bequest Society.