Plenary Session I – Friday Lunch
Vicki Puliz
Rotary International Director 2021-2023
 
Vicki serves as the Rotary International Director for the term 2021-2023, one of 17 directors from around the world. In 2022-2023, Vicki is a member of the Board’s Executive Committee, chair of the RI Participant Experience/Program Committee, and Board liaison to the RI Strategic Planning Committee and Youth Advisory Council.  A proud member of the Rotary Club of Sparks, Nevada, Vicki served as club president in 2004-2005, as Governor for District 5190 in 2013-2014, and as a Rotary Public Image Coordinator 2016-2019.
 
Vicki’s passion for leadership development has led to involvement in many aspects of education and development including District Trainer for District 5190,
International Assembly Training Leader, Governor Elect Training Seminar (GETS) chair, and faculty and Education Chair for Far West President Elect Training (PETS).
 
Her most impactful experiences in Rotary are those involving youth: Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), co-creation of a leadership program for 12–13-year-olds, Rotary Youth Exchange, and introduction of experiential team building processes to a RYLA camp in Benin, Africa. 
 
Vicki and her husband Tim participated in a National Immunization Day in northern India in 2009.  Giving those two precious drops to a 2-year-old child at a train station in Moradabad and other life changing experiences of the NID made polio eradication very personal to them both.
Vicki graduated from the University of Utah with a Marketing degree and Master of Business Administration and went on to own a commercial electrical contracting firm in northern Nevada for 19 years before merging it into a public traded entity. 
Vicki and Tim live in Reno, Nevada, at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Their blended family includes seven adult children, ten grandchildren, and three Rotary Youth Exchange daughters. Their interests include outdoor activities and general aviation. Vicki and Pilot Tim are members of the International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians. They support Our Rotary Foundation as Major Donors and members of the Paul Harris Society, Polio Plus Society, and the Bequest Society.
Plenary Session II - Dinner Friday
Richard D. "Rick" King
 
President, Rotary International, 2001-2002 Trustee, The Rotary Foundation, 1996-2000 Director, Rotary International, 1989-1991 Chairman of the Executive Committee, Rotary International, 1990-1991 Governor, District 5170, 19821983
 
Richard D. King is a past world president of Rotary International, and the senior partner in the California law firm King, King & King. He earned undergraduate and law degrees from the University of California at Berkeley where he is a member of the California Club and the Order of the Golden Bear. He taught Law at Brigham Young University. He is a distinguished military graduate of the University of California and served as a captain in the U.S. Military Intelligence. He received an Honorary Doctorate in Law from Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea.
 
A trial lawyer, Mr. King belongs to several legal associations including the American Association of Trial Lawyers. He is admitted to practice in both Utah and California and before the Supreme Court of the U.S.
 
He served on the board of directors of the Eden Hospital Foundation, the Woodminster Performing Arts, and Oakland Ballet. He is a trustee of the City of Hope and received the City of Hope "Spirit of Life" award. He has been knighted by the Republic of Italy and is a holder of the Great Official Order of Merit.
He is a recipient of the State of Rio de Janeiro's highest award, the "Madelha Tiradentes." He belongs to the Commonwealth Club and Actor's Equity, and he is an elder and officer of the Mormon Church. He serves on the Executive Board of Directors of the San Francisco Bay Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and is an active fundraiser for Scouting. He holds the Chevalier Degree, Legion of Honor and is a --member of the International Hall of Fame of the Order of DeMolay. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Public Service Award and the Outstanding Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Brigham Young University Management Society. He has been honored by some 50 associations, by the President of the U.S. and by many countries across the globe for his community and charitable service. He served as Executive Director of the Wheelchair Foundation.
 
A Rotarian since 1968, he is a member of the Rotary Club of Niles-Fremont, California, USA. He has served as Trustee of the Rotary Foundation, Director and as Chairman of the Executive Committee of Rotary lnternational's board of directors. He has also served Rotary as a club president, district governor, an international assembly instructor and as an official representative of the president of R.I. He has chaired and served on many Rotary International committees, task forces and special assignments. Mr. King has received the Rotary Citation for Meritorious Service and the Distinguished Service Award for his support and educational programs of the Rotary Foundation. He is a recipient of the PolioPlus Pioneer Award.
 
One of Rotary's most popular speakers, Mr. King has addressed Rotary International Conventions, Assemblies, Institutes, Seminars, Conferences and Rotary Clubs in every state in the USA and some 120 countries. As the President, he led Rotary International to its greatest one-year growth record in its 100-year history, with 75,000 New Members Net, a global membership of 1,243,431 and 1,158 New Rotary Clubs in 2001-2002, more than one new club every 8 hours. In the same year, Rotarians contributed the highest amount of money ever raised for the annual Fund of the Rotary Foundation.
 Plenary Session III - Breakfast Saturday

Michael Angelo Caruso

Michael Angelo Caruso teaches people how to be better speakers and presenters so they can help more people and amp up their careers. 
 
He utilizes his unique background in the technology sector and a separate career in the entertainment business to deliver keynote speeches that feel like a combination of your best teacher and your favorite comedian.
 
Michael delivers about 70 presentations and keynote speeches a year.  He has spoken on five continents and in 49 of the 50 states.   
 
Michael is known for getting extremely fast results with his clients.  He can make anyone a better communicator and regularly demonstrates his effective communication strategies by helping audience members improve during his presentation.    
 
Caruso is founder and President of Edison House, an international consulting firm specializing in corporate and personal improvement.  Edison House clients include Hallmark, Bank of America, Verizon Wireless, Rayovac, Citgo, Nissan and the United States Navy.   
 
Michael has authored Work Hacks and the audiobook, Dear Michael Angelo -- A Father's Life Letters to His Son.   He also has a highly rated online speaker coaching masterclass titled, Present Like a Pro.
 
A lifetime Rotarian, Michael loves giving back.  He enjoys exercise, movies, non-fiction books and travel. 
 
Plenary Session IV - Lunch Saturday
Mary Beth Growney Selene
 
Mary Beth Growney Selene has been a member of the Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton since 1987 and she served her club as President in 1993-1994. 
 
In District 6250 she served as Governor in 2000-2001 and subsequently as District Membership Chair and District Rotary Foundation Chair. 
 
Mary Beth served as a member of the Rotary International Board of Directors in 2013-2015 and as a Rotary Foundation Trustee in 2016-2019.  While a Trustee, she was a member of the Finance, Programs and, Stewardship Committees of The Rotary Foundation; the RI-USAID Partnership Steering Committee and; the US PolioPlus Advocacy Committee.  She continues to serve on the Rotary-USAID Partnership Steering Committee.  Mary Beth is currently a member of the Rotary Operations Review Committee.  She is also a member of the WASH Rotary Action Group (formerly WASRAG) Board of Directors.
 
Mary Beth and her husband Alan Selene are Major Donors and Bequest Society members to The Rotary Foundation’s Endowment Fund and they are both Paul Harris Society members to the Annual Fund.
 
She is a recipient of the Rotary International Service Above Self award and The Rotary Foundation’s Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Awards.
 
She is committed to helping others understand the value of their personal contributions to The Rotary Foundation.  The unique model of OUR Rotary Foundation enables our donors to become actively involved in transforming lives through our District and Global Grant initiatives.
 
 
Banquet Plenary Session V – Saturday Dinner
 
 Gordon R. McInally
 
A member of the Rotary Club of South Queensferry, Lothian, Scotland, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2023-24. He will be declared the president-nominee on 1 October if no challenging candidates have been suggested.
 
McInally lauded Rotary' s ability to adapt technologically during the COVID-19 pandemic, saying the approach should continue and be combined with the best of our past practices as Rotary seeks to grow and increase engagement.
 
"We have learned there is a willingness within communities to care for one another," he says, "and we must ensure that we encourage people who have recently embraced the concept of volunteering to join us to allow them to continue giving service."
 
McInally says that senior leaders' ability to communicate directly with club members online will be one positive legacy of the changes Rotary has had to make. But, he adds, "face-to-face meetings remain important, as they encourage greater interaction."
 
The best way to increase membership is engagement, according to Mclnally. To better support clubs, he says, Rotary International, regional leaders, and district teams all need to engage with them. Engagement through social media will reinforce Rotary's brand and showcase the opportunities that come with it. And, he says, engagement with governments, corporations, and other organizations will lead to meaningful partnerships.
 
With better engagement, McInally says, "We will grow Rotary both by way of membership and in our ability to provide meaningful service."
 
He adds, "Membership is the lifeblood of our organization. I would encourage the use of the flexibility now available to establish new-style clubs that would appeal to a different demographic."
 
McInally, a graduate of dental surgery at the University of Dundee, owned and operated his own dental practice in Edinburgh. He was the chair of the East of Scotland branch of the British Paedodontic Society and has held various academic positions. He has also served as a Presbytery elder, chair of Queensferry Parish Congregational Board, and commissioner to the church's general assembly.
 
A Rotary member since 1984, McInally has been president and vice president of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland. He has also served Rotary International as a director and as member or chair of several committees. He was the adviser to the recent 2022 Houston Convention Committee and chair of the Operations Review Committee.
 
McInally and his wife, Heather, are Major Donors and Benefactors of The Rotary Foundation. They are also members of the Bequest Society.