Each year, we feature Rotary International leaders and other special guests as our keynote speakers. They share with us tools for personal growth; they challenge and inspire us; they bring to us a moment of humor.
For our 2023 event, the keynote speakers:
President 2023-2024, Rotary International
Gordon McInally was educated at the Royal High School in Edinburgh and at the University of Dundee, where he earned his graduate degree in dental surgery. He operated his own dental practice in Edinburgh until 2016. Gordon was 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 the Queensferry parish congregational board, and commissioner to the general assembly of the Church of Scotland.
Joining Rotary in 1984 at age 26, Gordon is a member of the Rotary Club of South Queensferry. He has served various positions in RIBI and RI. Gordon says he looks forward to working with members to build new Rotary clubs and groups. “My vision is that Rotary should exist everywhere in a style to suit everyone who has the desire to be part of us and to help us do good in the world,” he says. In his free time, Gordon enjoys rugby, good food and wine, and stick dressing, the traditional Scottish craft of making walking sticks. Gordon wishes to dedicate his presidency to making the world a better place for his granddaughters, Ivy and Florence, to live and thrive.
Rotary International Trustee 2021-2025
Larry Lunsford, a certified public accountant, is senior vice president and chief financial officer of Bernstein-Rein Advertising, Inc. He has served his alma mater, Truman State University, on its National Alumni Association Board and its Foundation Board. He also served as treasurer of the Epilepsy Foundation for the Heart of America.
His passion for Rotary and his invitation into the family of Rotary began during his college years, when in 1982, he was selected as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar to Australia. Larry joined Rotary in 1991, was President of the Rotary Club of Kansas City-Plaza, Missouri in 1997-1998, and was District Governor of Missouri D6040 in 2001-2002. He has served Rotary International in many assignments including International Assembly Lead Trainer, RI President’s Representative, member or chair of various committees, and as Director.
Larry and his wife, Jill are Major Donors, Benefactors, and Bequest Society members. He is a charter member of the District 6040 Paul Harris Society. He has been awarded the Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service and the RI Service Above Self Award.
Director 2021-2023, Rotary International
Nicki has a wealth of industry background in corporate finance, strategic planning and change management consultancy. Having started her career with KPMG, she is now a Partner of the Trusted Executive Foundation, helping leaders to believe in the power of trust instead of trusting in power.
As a global citizen, Rotary felt immediately like home when she joined in 2000. Nick has served as District Governor, Zone 28 Rotary Coordinator, Zones 28 & 29 Institute Chair and an International Assembly Training Leader. Most recently Nicki was a member of Rotary’s Strategic Planning Committee and is on the Leadership Development and Training Team for Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland. She was recently honoured with Rotary’s 2019-20 Service Above Self Award.
Nicki is a strong supporter of The Rotary Foundation: a founding member of the Paul Harris Society, a Major Donor and member of the Bequest Society. Nicki’s core passions are strategy, leadership coaching & development and motivational speaking. She aims to use these skills in service to Rotary to help bridge the gap to the next generation of leaders for our second century of service.
Clemson Turregano, PhD
CEO, Global Leadership Services and Professor of Practice, Leadership Studies, The Citadel
Clemson is a leadership development professional and certified coach leading global teams designed to enable leaders around the world. In addition, Clemson serves as advisor, faculty, and designer for The Citadel’s Executive Leadership Academy, created to share the idea of principled leadership with leaders across the Lowcountry of South Carolina and Georgia. Clemson’s broad span of clients includes start-ups, telecommunications, banking, manufacturing, and non-profit organizations, in addition to all levels of government and universities.
Clemson is a 24-year US Army veteran retiree, serving in capacities from infantry soldier to West Point Professor to Armor Battalion Commander. A practicing scholar, he has won awards for teaching strategic leadership to senior government officials, has published numerous works and guidebooks, plus has been the lead designer for teams winning four Brandon Hall awards for training design and delivery.
Clemson’s undergraduate degree is from The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. He earned an MA in Political Science, MPA, and Doctorate from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. He also earned a MA in Security and Strategy from the US Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.
Governor 2013-2014, District 7750
A member of the Emerald City Rotary club in Greenwood, SC since 2002, Lorraine is is a Major Donor, Paul Harris Fellow, Benefactor, Bequest Society member, and a Paul Harris Society Charter member. She enjoys participating in Rotary events around the globe.
Governor 2018-2019, District 7750
Carol Burdette joined the Rotary Club of Anderson in 1994 and Carol was the second woman to become club president. Carol is a Major Donor, Bequest Society and Paul Harris Society member, and Benefactor.
Governor 2008-2009, District 7730
Lee has been active in District 7730 and the Morehead City Noon Rotary Club since 1996 where he served as President. Lee is a Paul Harris Fellow and has participated in many Rotary programs, in particular Group Study Exchange. Currently, he is the President of Coastal Architecture, a full-service Architectural Design firm.
Governor 2014-2015, District 7680
A member of the Rotary Club of North Mecklenburg County for over twelve years, Ken is a member of the Paul Harris Society and the Bequest Society and is on the RLI Faculty. Ken and his wife Barbara have three children and ten grandchildren.
Governor 2014-2015, District 7730
A healthcare administrator, Vanessa joined the Jacksonville Rotary Club in 1992 and currently serves as Zone 33 Asst Public Image Coordinator. She is a Major Donor, Benefactor, Bequest Society Member, and led the district effort to establish a dialysis center in India.
Governor 2010-2011, District 7750
Becky has been a member of Greenville Breakfast Rotary club since 1995. She has served as club president and led a GSE Team to Brazil. Becky is a graduate of Rotary Leadership Institute, a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, Benefactor, Paul Harris Society member, Major Donor, and Bequest Society member. Becky is retired from Greenville County Schools having served in elementary schools for 31 years. She has been a professor in the School of Education at the University of South Carolina Upstate since 2002.
Governor 2020-2021, District 7710
A member of the Capital City Rotary Club since 2006, David is a Bequest Society Member and Paul Harris Fellow. A retired Army Colonel and practicing attorney, he supports Veterans and their families in NC. He is average at golf, but always hopeful.
Governor 2019-2020, District 7720
A member of the Rotary Club of Goldsboro since 2007, Tracey is a Major Donor, Bequest Society and Paul Harris Society member. She and her husband Mitch have three sons, Ben, Cade, and Matthew.
Governor 2018-2019, District 7720
Frank is a member of the Rotary Club of Hertford. He was Rotarian of the year 2006-2007. Frank is an RLI graduate, Paul Harris Society member, and Benefactor. His wife, Connie, has served Rotary three times as a club President.
Angela Bendorf Jamison
Governor 2021-2022, District 7710
Angela joined the Rotary Club of Wakefield/Wake Forest in 2010. She founded Communicopia, a public relations marketing agency in 1998. Angela enjoys the opportunity to Amplify Rotary in clubs and communies.
Governor 2021-2022, District 7690
Past President of the Gate City Rotary Club, Chris is a member of the Paul Harris Society. Chris owns and operates the Justice Law Group. He’s also very involved with Lionheart Academy of the Triad, a school for children with Autism that Chris helped found.
Governor 2014-2015, District 7710
Matthew joined the North Raleigh Club in 1996. After learning how Rotary perfectly blends fellowship with service, he got active in grant projects and community service. He was twice selected as “Rotarian of the Year” and is a member of the Paul Harris Society.
Governor 2020-2021, District 7750
A member of the Beth Rotary Club of Greenville (SC), Beth was the first woman to become club president in 2001. Beth is a Major Donor, Bequest Society and Paul Harris Society member, a Benefactor, and an RLI Graduate.
Governor 2013-2014, District 7720
Brenda joined Rotary in Alabama in 1990, and is now a member of the Rocky Mount club. She is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, Sustaining Member and a Benefactor. Her husband, Bill, is also a member of the Rocky Mount club, a Paul Harris Fellow and a Benefactor.
Governor 2007-2008, District 7670
Bill is a member of the Rotary Club of Catawba Valley (Conover). He is a Major Donor, Benefactor and a member of the Bequest Society. Bill serves as the National Director of CART from 2009-to present. He and Diane have two sons and seven grandchildren.
Governor 2013-2014, District 7670
A member of the Rotary Club of Morganton, Ronnie is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, a Benefactor, and a member of the Paul Harris Society. Active in the community as well as Rotary, Ronnie and his wife, Anne, have twin daughters and four grandchildren.
Governor 2020-2021, District 7680
A member of Charlotte-South Rotary, Mike recently became a Major Donor and is a member of the Bequest Society and PHS. He organized his District Kilimanjaro climbs for PolioPlus. He and his wife Susan have five grown children and five grandsons.