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Apr 17, 2014
William R. Rhodes


topic: Global Finance

William R. Rhodes is president and CEO of William R. Rhodes Global Advisors, LLC and professor-at-large at Brown University. Bill Rhodes is also a retired senior vice chairman and senior international officer of Citigroup and Citibank.

Mr. Rhodes gained a reputation for international financial diplomacy in the 1980s as a result of his leadership in helping manage the external-debt crises that involved developing nations and their creditors worldwide. During that period and in the 1990s, he headed the advisory committees of international banks that negotiated debt-restructuring agreements for Argentina, Brazil, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay. In 1998, when the Republic of Korea experienced liquidity problems, he chaired the international bank group that negotiated the extension of short-term debt of the Korean banking system. In early 1999, at the request of the government of Brazil, he acted as worldwide coordinator to help implement the maintenance of trade and interbank lines by foreign commercial banks to Brazil. He has since served as a trusted advisor to governments, financial officials and corporations worldwide.

Mr. Rhodes is a director of the Private Export Funding Corporation; a senior advisor to the global management firm Oliver Wyman; chairman emeritus of the U.S.-Korea Business Council; vice chairman of the National Committee on U.S. - China Relations; a director of the Korea Society; a member of the Advisory Board of the Museum of American Finance; a senior economic advisor to the Dalian Government in China; a member of the International Policy Committee of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; a member of the Board at the Foreign Policy Association; a trustee of the Asia Society; and a trustee of the Economic Club of New York. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, The Group of Thirty and the Advisory Council of the Brazilian American Chamber of Commerce. He is the first vice chairman emeritus of the Institute of International Finance and chairman emeritus of the Americas Society and Council of the Americas. He previously served as chairman of the New York Blood Center, the Bankers Association for Finance and Trade and the U.S. Hong Kong Business Council.

Mr. Rhodes is a governor and trustee of The New York-Presbyterian Hospital; a member of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Business Committee and Chairman's Committee, and chairman emeritus of the Board of Trustees of the Northfield Mount Hermon School.

He has received decorations and honors from various governments and institutions, including an honorary doctorate in humane letters from his alma mater Brown University, where he established the William R. Rhodes Center for International Economics and Finance; Officer and Chevalier of France's Legion of Honor; decorations from Poland, Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, Panama and Jamaica; and multiple awards from not-for-profit organizations such as the Africa-America Institute, Arab Bankers Association of North America, the America-Israel Friendship League and Sciences Po Foundation, Pro Mujer, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Boyís Scouts Award in recognition of his contributions to international banking and finance.

Mr. Rhodes recently authored the book BANKER TO THE WORLD: Leadership Lessons from the Front Lines of Global Finance. The book is available in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Korean, Japanese, Portuguese and a separate edition published by Tata in India and the Sub-continent.


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.




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