Keynote Speakers


Greg Luring
Rotary District 5060
Rotary Club of Yakima
Washington

Representing RI Barry Rassin:
Greg Luring

Greg and his wife Jan both grew up in small towns in Ohio. They met at Ohio State University, and are the proud parents of two adult daughters, Kimberly and Megan. After serving for 13 years in the U. S. Navy as a Supply Corps Officer with the Submarine force, they became McDonald’s franchisees in Yakima, Washington in 1980.

Greg graduated from Ohio State University in 1967 and was also commissioned as an Ensign in the U. S. Navy. The same week as graduation, he married the former Jan Dillion of Plain City, Ohio. They left Ohio as newlyweds bound for their first duty station in Athens, Georgia and never lived in Ohio again. He was selected to serve in nuclear submarines and graduated from the U. S. Navy Submarine School in New London, Connecticut. He finished up his 13 year Navy career at the U. S. Navy Trident Submarine Refit Facility in Bangor, Washington. He was a Lieutenant Commander when he resigned his commission in 1980.

Greg and Jan applied and were accepted in the McDonald's Restaurant Franchisee training program. Starting with one McDonald’s, they have grown to 13 restaurants and continue to be very active in the community.  Greg and Jan recently received the prestigious Ted Robertson Community Service Award. Greg has served in leadership positions in Yakima and in McDonald's owner/operator associations and boards. Their McDonalds’ continue to lead their five state region in sales growth and innovation. They were honored when the President of McDonald's USA came to visit their organization in Yakima.

Greg has been a Rotarian for 34 years and Jan has been a Rotarian for 27 years. As President of the Yakima Rotary Club Greg increased membership by a net gain of 22 members. Greg is the Founder and a past President of the Yakima Rotary Trust.

Julia Phelps
Julia Phelps
Rotary District 7930
Rotary Club of Amesbury
Massachusetts

Julia Phelps

Past RI Director, 2017-20 TRF Trustee
Julia Phelps, who began her career in education in 1976, is the associate commissioner for the Center for Curriculum and Instruction for the state of Massachusetts. She served on the board of the Amesbury Educational Foundation Inc. and the John Ashford Link House Inc. A Rotarian since 1997, Phelps has served as director, vice chair of RI’s Audit Committee, Rotary Foundation alumni coordinator, and district governor. She is a member of the Operations Review Committee. Phelps is a Major Donor, Benefactor, multiple Paul Harris Fellow, and a member of the Bequest Society. She is a recipient of The Rotary Foundation's Citation for Meritorious Service.

 

Michelle Gethers-Clark
Michelle Gethers-Clark

Michelle Gethers-Clark

Michelle Gethers-Clark serves as president and CEO at United Way of Greater Greensboro. Michelle’s professional career spans 35 years.  She has celebrated success as a senior vice president for American Express Company, as an entrepreneur with a consulting firm, as a certified public accountant, and as an author.  Michelle has held roles with global leadership responsibility in the US, Canada, Philippines, and India.  Michelle’s accomplishments and career have been featured in EbonyBlack EnterpriseWorking Mothers, Biz Life, and Triad Business Journal’s 2017 Most Admired CEO.

Michelle currently serves on the board of directors for BB&T Local Advisory and Ready for School, Ready for Life.  Her former board service includes NC A&T State UniversityBennett College for WomenCone Health NetworkInternational Civil Rights Museum & CenterCommunity Foundation of Greater GreensboroMusic Academy of NC, and various PTAs at local schools.

Michelle’s approach to leadership can be summarized by her quote “People follow character and not titles.”

 

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