Keynote Speakers

Each year, we feature Rotary International leaders and other special guests as our keynote speakers. They bring us humor, challenges, and inspiration.

For our 2017 event, our four keynote speakers are:

Portrait of John Hewko

John Hewko

General Secretary, Rotary International

John Hewko is the General Secretary of Rotary International. Before joining Rotary, he was vice president of operations at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a US government international development agency. An attorney, John was a partner with the law firm Baker & McKenzie, working in Moscow, Kyiv and Prague and specializing in international corporate transactions in emerging markets. In 1991-92, he assisted the Ukrainian Parliament in drafting the initial laws on foreign investment, anti-competition and corporations. John is a trustee of the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, Ukraine.

Rotary International is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional and community leaders who provide humanitarian service and build goodwill and peace. There are 34,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographic areas. Rotary's primary corporate goal is the global eradication of polio. Rotary clubs also develop projects worldwide, that focus on basic education and literacy, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, economic and community development and peace and conflict resolution.

Portrait of Ron Burton

Ron Burton

President 2013-2014, Rotary International

Ron Burton, retired as President of the University of Oklahoma Foundation Inc. in 2007. He is a member of the American Bar Association and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ron is a founder and past president of the Norman Public School Foundation, and founder and past board member of the Norman Community Foundation. He was vice president of the Last Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America and received the Silver Beaver Award.

A Rotarian since 1979, he has served as RI director, Rotary Foundation trustee vice chair, International Assembly moderator, committee chair, Permanent Fund national adviser, regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, and aide to the president. Ron has received the RI Service Above Self Award and the Foundation's Distinguished Service Award and International Service Award for a PolioFree World. He and his wife, Jetta, have two children and three grandchildren.

Portrait of Larry Lunsford

Larry Lunsford

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.

Portrait of Winnie Morgan

Winnie Morgan

Motivational Speaker

Winnie Morgan is a professional speaker and trainer, specializing in programs to improve effectiveness in the work place and within organizations. A former local government administrator and youth development specialist, she speaks from over 30 years of experience in salaried and volunteer management roles. During her career as a youth development specialist she provided leadership for many community efforts managed by volunteers such as: organizing a therapeutic horseback riding program, piloting the first after-school programs, and conducting low-income day camping programs.

Winnie's presentation opportunities have taken her across the U. S. as well as to Belarus and Ukraine to help set up volunteer systems to address social issues. She has presented programs for various audiences, including corporate clients, private industry, universities, government, civic and non-profit groups. She earned her B.S. degree from East Carolina University in Greenville and an M.S. from Virginia Tech (VPISU) in Adult and Continuing Education. She is a qualified trainer of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and a Certified Volunteer Manager.