Past District Governor IAN SCOTT, AM, D9685 Australia, is the RI President’s Representative for D7690 District Conference 2018. PDG Ian has been a member of the Rotary Club of Central Blue Mountains, D9685. Ian has served in the Royal Australian Air Force full time and reserve. Along the way he graduated with an MBA and a Masters of Arts in Strategic Studies. He retired with the rank of Air Commodore (Brigadier General US equivalent) in 2005 from the position of Deputy Air Commander at Headquarters Air Command. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1996. He is married to Rotarian and PDG Jennifer, who is a senior lawyer involved in alternate dispute resolution as an arbitrator and mediator, as well as being a board member of a number of Rotary Boards. Ian and Jennifer are Paul Harris Society members, Bequest members and Major Donors. They have two adult daughters; Gillian is married to Simon and has three terrific children, and Claire is a diplomat with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. PDG Ian’s interests include the grandkids, travel, scuba diving, flying, listening to music and bush walking. Jennifer shares all of those, except may be flying, but loves gardening.
MINDA DENTLER is an athlete, speaker, advocate and mother. Her life is one of inspiration, courage and determination. As an infant in India, she contracted polio, resulting in the paralysis of her legs and given up for adoption. Undeterred by her disability, and encouraged by her adoptive family, she became an independent woman with the purposeful drive to overcome any obstacles she has encountered throughout her life. Minda became the first female wheelchair athlete to complete the Ironman World Championship, in Hawaii in 2013. She has been featured on CNN, Forbes and NBC. She has written for Huffington Post and TIME. She advocates for the eradication of polio both in and out of Rotary. Minda works for a large global insurer and, with her husband, counts raising a young daughter a great joy. She's committed to inspiring people to move beyond their fear of failure and achieve their goals.
MICHAEL ERWIN is a graduate of the United States Military Academy in 2002, and served in three combat tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan, earning two Bronze Star Medals from these tours. Following his third deployment, Mike attended the University of Michigan in the Personality Psychology PhD program from 2009–2011, where he studied positive psychology and leadership. While in graduate school in 2010, Mike founded a non-profit organization named Team Red, White & Blue (RWB), served as its Executive Director, and currently is the Chairman of the Board. Team RWB’s mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their communities through physical and social activity. Mike is also the CEO of the Character & Leadership Center and the Founder & President of The Positivity Project, a non-profit organization with the mission to help America’s youth build stronger relationships by recognizing the character strengths in themselves and others. He is the co-author of a LEAD YOURSELF FIRST – Inspiring Leadership Through Solitude, published in May 2017, which focuses on how solitude strengthens people’s character—and their ability to lead with conviction, clarity and balance. Mike, an Army Lieutenant Colonel in the Reserves, lives in Pinehurst, NC, with his wife Genevieve, and four young children. He is also an endurance runner, who has completed a dozen ultra-marathons since beginning in 2008.
Kiran Singh Sirah
KIRAN SINGH SIRAH is President of the International Storytelling Center (ISC), an educational and cultural institution dedicated to enriching the lives of people around the world through storytelling. Prior to his appointment at ISC, Kiran developed a number of award-winning arts, cultural and human rights programs in centers across the United Kingdom and Ireland. These programs have received recognition from UNESCO and Her Majesty the Queen’s authority in Education as well as the European Commission. Nationally, he has spoken at the Library of Congress, Kennedy Center, and led stories for peace discussions at the US Senate on foreign relations, and with US Army senior, the US State Department, and the Pentagon’s Department of Defense’s force directorate. As an advisory member to UNESCO Scotland and a Rotary Peace Fellow, he has developed articles, talks and conference papers about interdisciplinary approaches to relationship building in communities and around the globe. Kiran emphasizes his interest in “the power of human creativity, arts, storytelling and social justice, and the notion of a truly global multicultural society.” Most recently in 2017, Sirah was named a “Champion of Peace” at the Rotary International Day ceremony at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Kiran firmly believes storytelling not only enriches lives, it can change the world.