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We seek out speakers to bring interest of all kinds to our members and guests. Some reminding us of our duties as Rotarians, others telling us what they have done with their lives, including those who are doing something about the problems they, and all of us, face. Because we meet online, speakers do not have to be in Melbourne. To date we have had speakers from all over Australia as well as India, England, Cambodia and the Philippines. Anyone is welcome to join our meetings to listen to our guest presenters.


4th December


Brenda M. Cressey, Chair, The Rotary Foundation 2018-19

Brenda was invited to join Rotary in 1989 and a member of the Rotary Club of Paso Robles, CA. USA in District 5240. She is retired as the CEO of Office Support Systems, a telecommunications business. Brenda has served in several key roles for Rotary International including District Governor in 2001-02 and served as the 2018-19 Chair of The Rotary Foundation. She will continue her term as Trustee on The Rotary Foundation Board through 2021.

Most of Brenda’s assignments have focused on successful Fund Development for The Rotary Foundation, specifically in the areas of Polio Eradication, Annual Fund, Paul Harris Society, Endowments, Major and Legacy Gifts. She has enjoyed witnessing several successful outcomes with several Districts she has assisted and advised in these efforts. Her passion is and has always been to see the end of Polio and is her mission and the very reason she joined Rotary. Having participated in a number of Rotary humanitarian projects around the world, she is a proud Rotary Foundation Alumnus. Brenda has seen and experienced, first-hand, how our gifts to the Rotary Foundation greatly impact the lives of others and will someday bring peace and understanding around the world. She and her husband Dick are members of the prestigious Arch Klumph Society, Major Donors, members of the Legacy and Paul Harris Society and have established the Brenda and Richard Cressey Endowment for Peace She is the recipient of the RI “Service Above Self Award” and The Rotary Foundation’s “Citation for Meritorious Service,” and prestigious Distinguished Service Award.

Brenda resides in Templeton, California, USA with her husband Richard, who is retired from a long career as a Vice President in manufacturing. They both enjoy spending time with their three grandchildren.