Keynote Speakers

Each year, we feature Rotary International leaders and other special guests as our keynote speakers. They share with us tools for personal growth; they challenge and inspire us; they bring to us a moment of humor.

For our 2020 event, the four keynote speakers are:

Portrait of Clemson Turregano

Clemson Turregano

Managing Director, Global Portfolio, Center for Creative Leadership

Clemson leads a global team responsible for the development, design, integration and delivery of CCL's Leadership Program and Experience Portfolio. Clemson's broad span of clients includes the telecommunications, banking, manufacturing industries, in addition to all levels of government and universities. Benefitting from his leadership develolpment and coaching programs are commercial leaders, elected and appointed senior government officials, and leaders across the spectrum of foreign relations, defense, education, intelligence, and humanitarian aid.

Prior to joining CCL, Clemson served over 24 years in the US Army, serving in capacities from infantry soldier to West Point Professor to Armor Battalion Commander. A practicing scholar, he has won awards for teaching strategic leadership to senior government and corporate officials.

Clemson's undergraduate degree is from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. He earned an MA in Political Science, MPA, and Doctorate from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He also earned a MA in Security and Strategy from the US Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania

Portrait of Dean Rohrs

Dean Rohrs

Past Vice President, Rotary International

Dean, her husband Rhino, and their three children emigrated to Canada from South Africa 26 years ago. Dean grew up in Zambia and after marrying Rhino lived in Malawi, Namibia, and South Africa. Dean joined Rotary in South Africa in 1989. On arriving in Vancouver both Dean and Rhino joined the Rotary Club of West Vancouver and at present are members of the Rotary Club of Langley Central.

Dean has had a varied career from the early days of being an Operating Room Nurse on Professor Christiaan Barnard's first heart transplant team to running a Nursery School in Malawi. Together with Rhino they own and manage a company that is involved in soil stabilization during road construction.

Most recently, Dean has served Rotary as Vice-President 2016-2018. Some of her previous assignments include: 17 years of Youth Exchange in both District 9300 and 5040, District 5040 GSE Chair, GSE Team Leader to New Zealand, District Governor 2007-2008, Regional Rotary International Membership Coordinator, and Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator.

Portrait of Jean Irwin

Jean Irwin

Ambassadorial Scholar Alumnus, District 6400

Jean Irwin is a retired Teacher of the Deaf who currently resides in Rancho Cordova California. She has taught in grades pre-school through 12th grade in 12 schools. Jean was an Ambassadorial Scholar in 1989 . She speaks to many Rotary groups about the long term effects of investment in the Foundation.

The Ambassadorial Scholarship Jean received allowed her to do research into reading and deafness 20 years ago which earned her a Master's Degree from Nottingham University in England. After this education, her students broke what is considered a glass ceiling for the deaf and achieved high levels of reading. She is now District 5190's Literacy Chair and wants to use what she learned about Reading to help encourage and foster more literacy involvement from clubs, especially in the development of having those in Rotary Youth Programs read to young children.

One of the most important roles Jean has had was as a grassroots coordinator for the passage of a legislative bill to make the testing of hearing mandatory before a baby leaves the hospital in Nevada. Nevada moved from 36th to 8th in the nation for children tested at birth for hearing loss in just two years after this bill passed, resulting in the early intervention that is so critical to language development.

She has spoken to over 275 conferences for both Rotarians and teachers of the deaf about what she learned as an Ambassadorial Scholar. In 2009, she received the "Service Above Self" award from Rotary International. Jean is the mother of Kent, age 21 who is a University student in Reno, and daughter Katy 26, who is an actress in New York CIty. Jean married David Hatfield in June of 2010 and part of their honeymoon was at the International Convention in Montreal, Canada. Dave is quickly getting up to speed on life as a Rotary spouse.

Portrait of David Forward

David Forward

Rotarian and Author

David was born and educated in England and became a Rotarian in 1978 shortly after moving to the United States. He will be familiar to many Rotarians through Frank Talk, the fastest selling book in Rotary history as well as the author of the official history book of Rotary, A Century of Service.

David's passion is volunteerism, and has initiated and led humanitarian work trips across America and to the Dominican Republic and Beirut. He has served his church as deacon, elder, and mission committee chairman. As a Rotarian for 39 years, he served three times as club president, and has been awarded the Citation for Meritorious Service. He served his district as governor 2015-2016 and 2016-2017. David and Chris are Rotary Foundation Major Donors and live in Medford, New Jersey.

In 1991, David founded International Children's Aid Foundation, an all-volunteer foundation that has its own orphanage, dental and medical clinics in Romania and has taught hundreds of abandoned children early childhood education, vocational training and life skills. David hosts several groups of volunteers each year who go to Romania. He has now visited Romania 70 times.