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Stephanie Woollard

Peace Fellow

Stephaniehails from Melbourne, Australia and graduated from the Uppsala Peace Centre program in 2013.

In 2006, on a visit to Nepal when she was just 22 years old, she met up with seven disabled women making soaps and candles in a tin shed. Disturbed by the injustice and isolation these women were facing, she spent her last $200 of travel money to pay two trainers to help up-skill the women and sell their products abroad. Since then Stephanie has devoted the past decade to changing the lives of disabled and marginalized women in Nepal. The organization that she created has trained and employed over 1,000 disadvantaged women and has helped more than 5,000  women in remote villages offering shelter, medical assistance and education.

“Our approach is to give a hand up, not a hand out,” said Stephanie. “All it takes is one generation to learn how to break the cycle of poverty and pass their learning down to the next to transform a village forever.”

Stephanie has received numerous awards for her work as Founder and CEO of the Seven Women project including one at the UN in October 2016 where she was one of eight business entrepreneurs selected from all over the world to receive the prestigious Rotary Responsible Business Award from RI President John Germ. The inaugural Rotary Responsible Business Awards recognised the commitment of the winning individuals (six) and organisations (two) to using their time, material resources and hands-on assistance to address social and economic challenges locally and internationally.

As well, she received the Moral Fairground’s National ‘Most Ethical Enterprise Award 2014’, was a nominee for Australian of the Year 2016, and was recognised with a La Trobe University Young Achiever Alumni of the Year Award in 2016.

A member of the Rotary Club of Melbourne, Stephanie is dedicated to education and empowerment, believing a realistic understanding of the causes of poverty is a crucial ingredient for bringing peace and tolerance to our globalised world.

“My key to a better world is as simple as finding your passion and dedicating your life to using that passion to bring hope to the lives of others.”  

Margo Hewko

Marga grew up in Argentina and is married to John Hewko, the General Secretary of Rotary International. Marga and John have lived in Russia, Ukraine and the Czech Republic.

Following are some of Marga’s key appointments and achievements:

Mary Beth Growney Selene

The Rotary Foundation Trustee, 2016-2019

Rotary International Director, 2013-2015

Mary Beth is the founder and President of Ryan Signs, Inc., in Madison.  She is a non-lawyer Fee Arbitrator and a (past) non-lawyer member of the Client Security Fund of the State Bar of Wisconsin.  Mary Beth is a supporter of the What If? Foundation, which works to feed and educate children in Haiti.  

Personal time is shared with her husband Alan Selene (PDG, District 5970) and daughter Bridget and son-in-law Sean Hart.  

Mary Beth Growney Selene has been a member of the Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-Middleton, WI, USA since 1987 and she served her club as President in 1993-1994.  She has been a host parent to four Rotary Youth Exchange students.  

In her District 6250 she served as Governor in 2000-2001; District Membership Chair and District Rotary Foundation Chair.  

Mary Beth served as a Training Leader at the International Assembly in San Diego and was the District 6250 Representative to the Council on Legislation in 2004, 2007 and 2010.  

She served as the General Chair for a 2005 Zone Institute, a Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator, Public Image Resource Coordinator, and Rotary Coordinator.   Mary Beth is serving as a Rotary Foundation Trustee in 2016-2019, and served as Rotary International Director in 2013-2015.  She is currently serving on the Finance, Program and Stewardship Committees of The Rotary Foundation, RI-USAID Partnership Committee and the PolioPlus Advocacy Committee.  She is also a member of the Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG) Operations Team.

She has received Rotary International’s Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service.

Mary Beth and Alan are Major Donors and Bequest Society members to The Rotary Foundation’s Endowment Fund and they are both Sustaining members to the Annual Fund.


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