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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-
“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-
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.”
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-
Rotary International Director, 2013-
Mary Beth is the founder and President of Ryan Signs, Inc., in Madison. She is a non-
Personal time is shared with her husband Alan Selene (PDG, District 5970) and daughter Bridget and son-
Mary Beth Growney Selene has been a member of the Rotary Club of Madison West Towne-
In her District 6250 she served as Governor in 2000-
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-
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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