Foundation honors six couples
Past District Governor Ted Trueblood and his wife, Gloria, smile at a remark during the Arch C. Klumph Society induction ceremony held 20 April at RI World Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA. Rotary Images/Alyce Henson
Six couples were recently inducted into the Arch C. Klumph Society , which honors people who give at least US$250,000 to The Rotary Foundation.
Past District Governor Tim Bewley and Carol Fellows, Past District Governor Ted B. and Gloria A. Trueblood, Past District Governor Ernestine T. and Nicholas P. Luise, Past District Governor Byron Brill and Kathleen Kanter Brill, Past District Governor Richard P. Marsh and Ann Marsh Marten, and Rajendra R. and Shubha Laxmi Chhapwale were honored the third week of April during ceremonies at RI World Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA, where their portraits now hang in the Arch C. Klumph Gallery.
Tim Bewley is a third-generation Rotarian and a member of the Rotary Club of Ashland, Oregon. He served as club president in 1996-97, assistant governor in 2003-06, and governor of District 5110 (parts of California and Oregon) in 2007-08. Carol Fellows served as president of the Rotary Club of Klamath County and assistant governor before joining the Ashland club. She and Tim met through Rotary and married in October 2006.
Tim and Carol are actively involved with Give Hope -- Give a Hand , a project that has provided more than 2,100 prosthetic hands to people in 34 developing countries. Since 2005, they have made several trips to Africa to assist with projects for amputees. The couple supports The Rotary Foundation's Annual Programs Fund and the Rotary Centers for International Studies in peace and conflict resolution .
Past District Governor Ted Trueblood, a civil engineer, has been a Rotarian since 1985 and is now a member of the Rotary Club of Anchorage International, Alaska. He served as club president in 1995-96 and has held various other club offices, including Foundation committee chair.
Ted and his wife, Gloria, have been giving to the Foundation to help address the problems of poverty and disease around the world. In 2008, the Anchorage International club honored Ted with its Vocational Service Award. Ted and Gloria support the Foundation's Permanent Fund .
Ernie Luise has been a member of the Rotary Club of Derby-Shelton, Connecticut, since 1993. She served as assistant governor in 2002-05 and as governor of District 7980 in 2007-08. She has been recognized on the district level with the Donald A. Adams Outstanding Rotarian Award.
Ernie, an educator, and her husband, Nick, a retired vice president of UPS, are active in their community and sit on the boards of their local United Way, Volunteer Action Council, Boys and Girls Club, and YMCA, among other organizations. They support the Foundation's Annual Programs Fund and the Rotary Centers for International Studies.
Dick Marsh, who passed away in 2000, was a member of the Rotary Club of Rocklin, California. He served as club president in 1976-77 and as governor of District 5190 in 1983-84, and was honored with The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award.
Ann, a retired high school teacher and a member of the Philanthropic Education Organization, joined the Rotary Club of Tucson Sunrise, Arizona, in 1999, and served as the club's 2002-06 Permanent Fund committee chair. In October, she married fellow club member Stephen Marten. Both support the goals of Rotary International through the Foundation. Ann's priorities include promoting peace and environmental awareness.
Byron Brill, a dentist, and his wife, Kathleen, have been working together since 1978, when Kathleen became the dental hygienist at Byron's practice in Stephens City, Virginia. They have been married for 12 years. Byron is a member of the Rotary Club of Winchester, and Kathleen is a member of the Rotary Club of Strasburg.
Byron served as assistant governor for three years and was governor of District 7570 (parts of Tennessee and Virginia) in 2007-08. The couple took a trip with Rotarian friends several years ago to Costa Rica and visited the sites of several Matching Grant projects.
Byron is the past president of United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley and has taken on leadership roles in numerous other community organizations. He also serves on the council of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Strasburg, where Kathy is treasurer.
Rajendra Chhapwale joined the Rotary Club of Mumbai North Island, Maharashtra, India, in 1989, and served as club president in 2007-08. He has worked closely with Child Rights and You, a grassroots nongovernmental organization that addresses the needs of children throughout India. He also works to construct and maintain primary and secondary school buildings in rural areas of the country.
Rajendra's wife, Shubha, is a member and past president of the Inner Wheel Club of Mumbai North Island and will serve as district chair in 2011-12. The couple has established an endowed fund to support The Rotary Foundation's work.