Every single person that comes to Tucson to ride, who rides the Indoor Ride to End Polio, who donates or who in any way supports a rider is a celebrity to us. Having said that, each year we like to make you aware of Rotary International Officers, Trustees, and Directors who join us for the ride. There are other folks who participate that we like to point out because we think you will be interested to know. Here’s the list so far fro the 2017 Ride to End Polio.

Brenda Marie Cressey serves as a Trustee of the Rotary Foundation. She is also president and CEO of Office Support Systems, a telecommunications business in Maine. She has served in several volunteer capacities with civic organizations such as the American Cancer Society.

A Rotarian since 1989, Cressey has served as a Rotary Regional Membership and Rotary Regional Foundation coordinator and Endowment Major Gift Advisor. She has also served as the RRFC Institute Moderator, Council on Legislation, Host Organizing Co-Chair of the 2008 LA Rotary Convention. She has served several times as a Rotary President Representative, an RI Training Leader and served on the 2012 International Assembly Executive Committee as the Partner’s Moderator and speaker.

Cressey is the recipient of Rotary’s Service Above Self Award, The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award. Brenda and her husband Dick are Major Donors, Paul Harris and Bequest Society Members, and recent inductees of the Arch Klumph Society.

John Matthews has been a Rotarian since 1988 and is a currently a member of the Rotary Club of Mercer Island, Washington. He served as District Governor for District 5030 in 2010-11 and currently serves as the Rotary International Director for Zones 25/26 for the years 2017-19.

In addition to his work with Rotary, John has completed two successful careers. The first with the U.S. Navy for 20 years, retiring as a Commander in the Supply Corps. The second where he recently completed 25 years as a Senior Vice President with Costco Wholesale. Costco is a $110B company with 180,000 employees worldwide. While with Costco, John had responsibilities for all of the Human Resource and Risk Management functions.

While living in Seattle, John has been active in both corporate and community boards, including the Seattle Chamber of Commerce, The Advisory Board for the University of Washington Bothell, Mercer Island Presbyterian Church, Rotary First Harvest and NW Reinsurance.

John and his wife Mary Ellen, who is also a Rotarian have been active supporters of the Rotary Foundation. They have travelled internationally in support of foundation grants and polio immunization. They believe that some of the greatest gifts that Rotary brings to the world are our Peace Programs and the scholars that graduate from them. In support of those efforts, John and Mary Ellen have established the John and Mary Ellen Matthews Endowed Rotary Peace Fellowship.

Jean Luc Berger is the President of the Rotary Fellowship of Cycling to Serve (FCS). This will be his second year coming from France to participate in the Ride to End Polio. Jean Luc is a member of the Aix en Provence le Tholonet Rotary Club and has held several positions in District 1760. Jean Luc is committed to making the Fellowship better known by visiting  FCS national representation in Asia, America and Europe. He has overseen several Fellowship events including the World Championships and the 4-Days. He’s the organizer of the next 4-Days, in Aix en Provence, France, in May 2018.

Uwe Simon is the German representative of the Fellowship of Cycling to Serve. Born in Munich Uwe started cycling when he was 6 years old and raced bicycles for 5 years beginning at age 13. He served as the organizer of 4 Dayhs Diemelsee in 2016, a local cycling event.

Uwe is a member of the Rotary Club of Korbach-Bad Arolsen since 2000 and served as President for the 2016/17 Rotary year. He has been a member of the Fellowship since 2012.

Uwe studied medicine at the Justus Liebig University Giessen and went on to specialize in ENT.

He is married with 2 children, and we are thrilled that he is making the trip from Germany to ride with us.

John Hewko is the general secretary of Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation. In 2014 he was selected as the El Tour de Tucson Dedication Recipient to honor his fund raising success in the Ride to End Polio.

From 2004 to 2009, Hewko was vice president for operations and compact development for the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a U.S. government agency established in 2004 to deliver foreign assistance to the world’s poorest countries.

While working in Ukraine in the early 1990s, Hewko assisted the working group that prepared the initial draft of the new Ukrainian post-Soviet constitution and was a charter member of the first Rotary club in Kyiv.

Hewko has been a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University, and a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He has published papers and articles in leading U.S. and international publications, and he has spoken extensively on political and business issues dealing with the former Soviet Union, Central Europe, Africa, and Latin America. He is also a member of the Council of Foreign Relations.

Hewko holds a law degree from Harvard University, a master’s in modern history from Oxford University (where he studied as a Marshall Scholar), and a bachelor’s in government and Soviet studies from Hamilton College in New York.

As general secretary, Hewko leads a diverse staff of 800 at Rotary International’s World Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA, and seven international offices. Hewko is a Paul Harris Fellow. He and his wife, Margarita, live in Evanston.



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