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Apr 24, 2014
Artis Henderson


topic: Loss, Rebuilding and the Journey

Artis Henderson will speak about the loss of her husband in Iraq and the rebuilding of her life afterward, including how her time in Dakar, Senegal, as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar was an important part of that journey.

Artis Henderson is an award-winning journalist and essayist whose work has appeared in The New York Times and Readerís Digest. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a graduate degree from Columbia Universityís School of Journalism. Her first book, Unremarried Widow, a memoir about her husband's death in Iraq, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2014


May 8, 2014
Luis Vicente Giay


topic: District 7230 Conference Launch

Luis Vicente Giay, born in Arrecifes, Argentina, is a certified public accountant and graduate of the University of Buenos Aires. He owns an accounting firm and is a member of the board of directors of several businesses, including Giay Agropecuaria, S.A., of which he is president and chairman.

Mr. Giay, a member of the Professional Council of Economic Sciences in the Federal Capital of Buenos Aires and in Buenos Aires province, is also president of the Public Accountants Association of Bartolomé Mitre. In addition, he is a consultant for the Arrecifes Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and is president of the Arrecifes branch of the Argentina Automobile Club. An active member of a number of charitable and civic organizations, he serves as national advisor to the Argentine Boy Scout Associations and assists the Taller Protegido, a local sheltered workshop for the handicapped.

Recognizing the impact of Mr. Giay's leadership and commitment, the government of Argentina has appointed him Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of his country during his term of office. The Intercountry Committee of the nations of Argentina and Chile has honored Mr. Giay with the Condor of Andes Award, presented annually to individuals and institutions that have worked for peaceful relations among nations in the region. The governments of Italy, and the Dominican Republic, among others, have granted Mr. Giay their highest honors. He has also received awards from the governments of several other countries and from many civic and professional organizations.

A Rotarian since 1961, he is a member and past president of the Rotary Club of Arrecifes. He has served Rotary International as district governor, information institute counselor, international assembly instructor and moderator, member and chairman of numerous committees, director (1987-89; 1995-97), treasurer (1988-89), aide to the president (1990-91), Rotary Foundation Trustee (1990-93 and 1998-2002), International President (1996-97) and Chairman of The Rotary Foundation (2001-02).

In 1989, Mr. Giay convened the South American Conference for Development and in 1993 he coordinated the Presidential Salute to PolioPlus, both of which took place in Iguazú, Argentina. He was the RI President’s Representative to the 1993 Regional Conference in Uruguay celebrating 75 years of Rotary in South America. In June 1998, appointed by the president of Rotary International, led a delegation to Moscow, Russia. The delegation met with key government officials and representatives of several United Nations agencies to determine how Rotary can become an essential component of Russia’s future.

As Chairman of The Rotary Foundation, Mr. Giay is dedicated to the global effort to eradicate polio. Rotary’s PolioPlus program, launched in 1985, is an aggressive public/private partnership to assist international health agencies and governments to certify the world as polio-free. Rotary has committed more than a half-billion US dollars to the eradication effort. To date, more than two billion children have been immunized against the deadly polio- virus. Mr. Giay is a Benefactor and Major Donor of The Rotary Foundation and is a recipient of The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service and the Distinguished Service Award for his support of its educational and humanitarian programs.

Mr. Giay is married to Celia Elena Cruz, writer, composer, journalist and Rotarian. They have four sons, two granddaughters and one grandson. All the members of the Giay family are Paul Harris Fellows of The Rotary Foundation.


May 17, 2014
David M.W. Greer


topic: Donít Ask, Donít Tell: One Man's Experience in the Navy

A third generation Naval Aviator, David is a U.S. Naval Academy Alumnus and graduate of Oregon State University where he studied Architecture/Landscape, Architecture and Naval Science. After receiving his Aviators Wings from Pensacola, Florida in 1982 he was attached to a Helicopter Squadron in San Diego, California before reporting to duty as a Naval Public Affairs Officer in New York City where he was responsible for much of the Navyís involvement in the Statue of Liberty Centennial celebrations.

After leaving the Navy in 1986, David had several careers, including Graphic Designer, travel book Illustrator, beer salesman and mediocre actor before focusing on his writing. Davidís first play, Burning Blue, drawn from his own life as a naval aviator, received critical acclaim, including two Oliviers.

Burning Blue is based on Davidís life experiences in the Navy under the ďDonít Ask, Donít TellĒ policy and contributed, in whatever small part, to the movement to overturn those policies. Burning Blue the movie will be released by Lions Gate Films in the U.S. in June of 2014.


Jun 5, 2014
Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann


topic: The Courts and Justice for All: Protecting the Unrepresented and the Under-Represented

Robert A. Katzmann is the Chief Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He became Chief Judge on September 1, 2013. At his appointment in 1999, he was Walsh Professor of Government, Professor of Law and Professor of Public Policy at Georgetown University; a Fellow of the Governmental Studies Program of the Brookings Institution; and president of the Governance Institute. He is the founder of the Immigrant Justice Corps, the first and only fellowship organization dedicated to meeting the need for high quality legal representation for immigrants seeding citizenship and fighting deportation.

A lawyer and political scientist by training, Judge Katzmann received his A.B. (summa cum laude) from Columbia College, A.M. and Ph.D in government from Harvard University, and a J.D. from the Yale Law School, where he was an Article and Book Review Editor of the Yale Law Journal. After clerking on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, he joined the Brookings Institution, where he was a research associate, senior fellow, visiting fellow, and acting program director. His books include: Regulatory Bureaucracy: The Federal Trade Commission and Antitrust Policy; Institutional Disability; Courts and Congress; editor and project director of The Law Firm and the Public Good; co-editor of Managing Appeals in Federal Court; editor and contributing author of Daniel Patrick Moynihan: The Intellectual in Public Life; and editor and contributing author of Judges and Legislators.

He currently chairs the U.S. Judicial Conference Committee on the Judicial Branch

Judge Katzmann received the American Political Science Association's Charles E. Merriam Award. He is also the recipient of: the Learned Hand Medal for Excellence in Federal Jurisprudence of the Federal Bar Council; the Chesterfield Smith Award of the Pro Bono Institute; the Stanley H. Fuld Award of the New York State Bar Association; the Michael Maggio Memorial Pro Bono Award of the American Immigration Lawyers Association; the Public Interest Scholarship Organization Lifetime Achievement Award; and the Green Bag's "Exemplary Legal Writing" honoree recognition. His lectures include: the James Madison Lecture of New York University School of Law; the Orison Marden Lecture of the NYC Bar Association; and the Robert L. Levine Distinguished Lecture of Fordham University School of Law. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.




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