Saturday Morning Opening Keynote Performance

Special Kickoff Event
Every delegate leaves motivated.

 

Saturday Lunch Keynote Speaker

 
Deepa Willingham
 
Solvang, CA resident Deepa Willingham is a naturalized citizen of the United States. She was born and brought up in Calcutta, India where she obtained her primary secondary and undergraduate education, followed by graduate degrees in the US. Prior to her entrepreneurial endeavors in the energy sector, Deepa served as the Administrative Director of Ancillary Services in the hospital industry. 

Deepa is the founder of a non-profit organization named PACE Universal (www.paceuniversal.com), a Past District Governor (PDG) of Rotary International District 5240; a Past President of the Rotary Club of Santa Ynez Valley, being named Rotarian-of-the-Year during her year as President; and above all, is a humanitarian. Her humanitarian endeavors have led to her being named as “Local Hero” by Santa Barbara Independent newspaper; a winner of Volvo for Life award; a recipient of 2006 “Making a Difference for Women” award from Soroptimist International – Camino Real Region, a winner of Special Congressional Recognition from Representative Lois Capps in 2006; was named a local “Angel” by Central Coast Magazine, a “Community Hero” by Superintendent Bill Cirone in 2009 and winner of “Marigold Awards for Good” contest in 2012.
 
As a Rotarian, PDG Deepa has participated in many local and international projects - building Pisos (cement floors) in Mexico; participating in NID (National Immunization Day) trips to India; supporting girls’ education in the Philippines; escorting Santa Ynez Valley high school kids for humanitarian educational trips, chairing the District’s Annual Poverty Conference in 2007 and 2008 and the initiating District 5240’s 5-Point Poverty Eradication Plan. She was Past RI President Bill Boyd’s selection to represent Rotary International at the 51st Commission on Status of Women at the UN in February of 2006; Past RI President D. K. Lee’s selection to be the keynote speaker at the spouses’ Plenary Session in 2008 & 2009 International Assembly; she served as the Vice Chair of Operations for 2008 LA Rotary International Convention; she was one of the keynote speakers at Rotary International’s 100th year Convention in Birmingham, England and twice was asked to speak at the UN on Rotary-UN Day. She has become one of the sought after national and international speakers. 

Her passion for education dates back to the 1960s, when Deepa served as lecturer at the University of Wisconsin and the Santa Barbara City College and was a teacher/coordinator of special educational programs for the federally funded Upward Bound program. She was involved with educating ‘at risk’ high school students from the inner city in Milwaukee, Wisconsin designing and implementing innovative teaching techniques to achieve educational goals. She was also a founding board member of Cornerstone House of Santa Barbara, an organization dedicated to non-institutionalized care and education of severely handicapped children. 

Over the past ten years, a great deal of Deepa’ s time and personal resources have been dedicated to the founding and developing of the Piyali Learning Center (PLC) outside of Calcutta, and spreading the message of the value of girls’ education throughout the world. Her dedicated work at PLC, which she developed through her non-profit organization, PACE Universal, is resulting in the creation of a sustainable village rehabilitation model supported by a $330,000 Health, Hunger and Humanity Grant from The Rotary Foundation. This grant, which is being co-sponsored by 8 Rotary Clubs here in Southern California and in Kolkata, India, will completely rehabilitate the village of Piyali Junction by bringing literacy (to children and adults), health and dental care, clean water, sanitation, vocational training, banking/micro-lending to help the change the face of poverty in that corner of the world.
 
When asked why Deepa started this school for girls in the country of her birth, she answers, “It is the fulfillment of a life-long dream…to give back the gift of education, particularly to girls. Girls’ education in many severely poverty stricken areas like India, is still a luxury for far too many and it is certainly not a given. And yet when girls are educated, they grow up to be responsible citizens, changing not only their own lives but also the lives of their children and their communities. When it is such a win-win situation, how can I not do it?” 

Deepa and her Rotarian (member of the Rotary Club of the University Area of Houston) husband Richard, who is an independent contractor in the oil business in Houston, have been married for 30 years; their daughter Reena is an independent business owner and was instrumental in the formation of the community-based Rotaract Club of Santa Barbara, CA. The family lives by the principles of giving back to the society – a philosophy learned by Deepa from her parents and Sister Teresa, who was her teacher in Calcutta while she was little girl.
 
 
 
Saturday Dinner Keynote Speaker
 
David Lamotte
Musician/Speaker/Writer  Rotarian Peace Fellow
https://www.davidlamotte.com

David LaMotte is an award-winning songwriter, speaker, author, and activist. He has produced 12 CDs and performed 2500 concerts on 5 continents. The Boston Globe says he “pushes the envelope with challenging lyrics and unusual tunings, but he also pays homage to folk tradition," while BBC Radio praises his “charm, stories, humor, insightful songs, sweet voice and dazzling guitar ability.”
 
LaMotte suspended his music career in 2008 to accept a Rotary World Peace Fellowship, earning a master’s degree in International Studies, Peace, and Conflict Resolution from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. As part of that program, he also spent three months in rural Andhra Pradesh, India, working with a Gandhian development organization.
David maintains a dense calendar of speaking and musical events worldwide. He spoke at the Scottish Parliament building this year, and was recently interviewed on Al Jazeera News Network. He serves as the president of PEG Partners, the non-profit organization he co-founded to support schools and libraries in Guatemala. He is also a consultant on peace and justice issues for the North Carolina Council of Churches, and serves as the Clerk (chair) of the Nobel Peace Prize Nominating Task Group for the AFSC (Quakers). 
He has published two illustrated children’s books, S.S. Bathtub, a rhyming book for small children based on his award-winning song of the same name, and White Flour, a whimsical introduction to nonviolence, based on true events. David’s most recent projects include his 2014 book Worldchanging 101: Challenging the Myth of Powerlessness (already in its 2nd printing), and PickOne.org, a web site that nourishes positive change by inspiring and empowering people to take action on issues they care about. 
His most recent endeavor is as one-third of the interfaith trio Abraham Jam, whose debut album was released in July 2019.
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David LaMotte is an award-winning songwriter, speaker, author, and activist. He has produced 11 CDs and performed 2500 concerts on 5 continents.
 
He suspended his music career in 2008 to accept a Rotary World Peace Fellowship, earning a master’s degree in International Studies, Peace, and Conflict Resolution from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, and working in rural India as part of that degree.
 
David maintains a dense calendar of speaking and musical events worldwide. He also serves as the president of PEG Partners, the non-profit organization he co-founded to support schools and libraries in Guatemala. In addition to that, he serves as the Clerk (chair) of the Nobel Peace Prize Nominating Task Group for the AFSC (Quakers).
 
His most recent endeavor is as one-third of the interfaith trio Abraham Jam, whose debut album was released in July 2019.
 
Sunday Brunch - Keynote Speaker
 
Tom Steinstra
Author - Photo Journalist
 
 
Tom Stienstra is the author of Moon California Camping, published in 2019 in its 21th edition, the longest running and most popular outdoor guidebook series in America, and the author of more than 20 books. He was the co-executive producer and host of the national PBS special, “The Mighty T, From Glacier to Golden Gate,” which won the Emmy for Health, Science Health and Environment from the National Academy of Television. He has been awarded the “President’s Award, Best of the Best,” as National Outdoor Writer of the Year a record six times in three categories, and was the fourth living member inducted into the California Outdoors Hall of Fame. He is best known as the outdoors editor for the San Francisco Chronicle and KCBS-740/San Francisco. Tom has hiked 45,000 miles, caught world-record fish, led dozens of expeditions and is a pilot certified to fly complex, high-powered aircraft. As a member of Mt. Shasta Rotary, he has helped develop, fund and administer programs that inspire to get families outdoors.
 
Books
Tom Stienstra is the nation’s No. 1 bestseller of outdoor guidebooks. In 2017, his book Moon California Camping was published in its 20thedition, the longest running, most successful outdoors guidebook in America. Amazon.com has twice awarded Moon California Camping as the No. 1 selling outdoor guidebook in the world. In 2018, he published new editions of Moon Pacific Northwest Camping, Moon Washington Camping, Moon Oregon Camping and Moon West Coast RV. In its weekly review of bestsellers, the Portland Oregonian listed his book Moon Pacific Northwest Camping as a No. 1 on its bestseller list. Costco, the giant warehouse chain, is carrying Tom Stienstra books in 2018 for the 25thstraight year, a record. His novel is “The Sweet Redemption, an Inspector Korg Mystery,” which is rated at 41/2 Stars at www.Amazon.com. He has published more than 30 titles in dozens of editions.
 
Newspaper
Tom Stienstra is the outdoor columnit for the San Francisco Chronicle, where his columns appear on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays in print editions and at www.sfChronicle.com, often with associate photo galleries  on Facebook. 
 

He is on top of one of America’s longest running, most-awarded runs. His career spans 38 years since being hired as a columnist in 1980, and has received more than 150 awards, including national awards from Associated Press and United Press International. He won the Northern California Pulitzer Prize for a conservation series and has been nominated four times for the national Pulitzer Prize. He has been awarded the “President’s Award, Best of the Best,” as National Outdoor Writer of the Year, a record four times. His online stories have received as many 1.5 million page-views for a single post. In 2011, he decided to try writing about winter sports, and the next year was named Far West Ski Writer of the Year.