Our speakers and Breakout leaders at the 2018 District Conference from outside of the D5550 Rotary circle are Mitty Chang; Chief Cadmus Delorme; RI President Ian Riseley’s Rep, Steve Brown; and World Peace Partners Representative Paul Chappell.
Mitty Chang joined the Rotary family in 2005 as an Interactor. He transitioned into Rotaract in 2007 by chartering the Campus Rotaract Club of Davis. He went on to charter the Rotaract Club of Greater Fremont after graduating from his university. In 2015, he transitioned from Rotaract to Rotary by helping charter the Rotary E-Club of Silicon Valley. Mitty is the founder of RotaractWiki, Big West Rotaract, two Rotaract clubs, and one Rotary club. In addition to that he is a dynamic and inspirational speaker.
Steve Brown is the Charter President of the San Diego – Jalalabad Sister Cities Foundation and continues to serve as a President and Director.
He served as Rotary District Governor for 5340—San Diego, CA in 1995-96. Steve served as a Trustee of the Rotary Foundation, beginning in 2010, and was also Vice-Chairman of the Foundation during 2012-13. (Steve is the big man in the back row)
He chaired the Rotary Foundation Peace Forums held in San Diego in 1993 and 2001 relating to U.S./Mexico affairs.
He helped start and has acted as advisor to the University of California – San Diego Rotaract Club and the Preuss School Interact Club. Steve has received The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious and the Distinguished Service award. He has also received Rotary International’s Service Above Self Award.
Chief Cadmus Delorme won the election for Chief of the Cowessess First Nation, located east of Regina, in 2016. Chief Delorme was featured recently in CBC’s Future 40 Winners.
Chief Cadmus Delorme, who is an accomplished, award-winning golfer, said a competitive streak continues to drive him to succeed in other aspects of his life.
“The drive for perfection, if I didn’t do it right the first time… I just wanted to do it again until I got it right,” he said.
Delorme explained that as a kid, he would hit ball after ball at his father’s metal farming bin until he heard the satisfying ting of the shot connecting with his target.
“I just liked the way the bin echoed,” he said. “I found enjoyment out of perfection.”
Delorme used his knack for precision to excel in academics and previously worked as the Student Recruitment Officer at the First Nations University of Canada in Regina.
His charisma landed him a weekly cable television gig hosting RezX, an indigenous lifestyles show.
But when it comes to his own leadership goals, Delorme had his sights set on his home community. He was elected as Chief in 2016.
Paul K. Chappell is the Peace Leadership Director for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. A graduate of West Point and a veteran of the war in Iraq, he created the idea of Peace Literacy after his time in the military. He develops the idea further in his seven-book series The Road to Peace, where he writes about waging peace, ending war, the art of living, and what it means to be human. To learn more about Chappell, his work, and his speaking schedule, visit his website.
“Paul Chappell recently visited our school to give our students a new perspective on the issue of bullying and harassment. For years our students have been told what they are not to do. Paul, instead, focused on what they can do to be more caring, more empathetic, more respectful, and kind to one another. This positive spin on the issue was so refreshing and spoke to our students in ways that rang true and allowed them to reflect on their own life and decisions.” Eric Wright, Principal, Alternative Education Program, College Hill High School, in Corvallis, Oregon