"Celebrating Foundation Heroes Around the Islands" - Foundation Events with Special Guest, The Rotary Foundation Vice-Chair and Trustee, Brenda Cressey will be held on all islands as follows: January 28-Kona, January 29-Hilo, January 30-Maui, January 31-Kauai and February 2 on Oahu.
Brenda is a member of the Rotary Club of Paso Robles, CA. USA in District 5240 and has been a proud Rotarian for 28 years beginning in 1989. Cressey will now serve as a Rotary Foundation Trustee from 2017-2021. She is currently serving a 4th term as an Endowment Major Gift Adviser- Zone 26. Brenda has served in a number of leadership roles including an International Assembly training leader for 2 years, a Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator and Rotary Membership Coordinator. She was the Partner’s Moderator and Member of the 2010 International Assembly Executive, the RRFC Institute Assistant Moderator and then Moderator during the Future Vision Transition in San Diego. She has also served as Rotary Institute Chair, regional leader, 2001-02 District Governor. She is a member of the Rotary Global History Fellowship and the Rotarian Fellowship of Quilters and Fiber Artists.
Brenda resides in Templeton, California, USA with her husband Richard who recently retired from a long career as a Vice President in manufacturing. They both enjoy spending time outdoors and traveling. Their son and his family reside in Maine. She is CEO of Office Support Systems, a telecommunications business in the USA since 1986 after a long career and retiring from New England Telephone, where she was the lead project manager for large telephony projects.
International Service
Member of Rotary Global History Fellowship. Since serving as Governor in 2001-02, most of her Rotary 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 successful outcomes when serving in a number of Rotary Foundation positions including: Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator, Moderator, and Assistant Moderator for two Regional Rotary Foundation Institutes, including the Future Vision Transition Institute held in San Diego. She is a Rotary Alumnae, having participated in a number of Rotary Foundation Projects around the world and has seen first-hand how gifts to the foundation greatly impact the lives of others.
Commendations: Paul Harris Fellow. She and her husband Dick are proud members of the prestigious Arch Klumph Society, Paul Harris Society, Major Donors and members of the Bequest Society.
When asked what the highlights in her life might be, she will not hesitate to say that they involve being a Rotarian. She was invited to join Rotary 1989, and feels that her membership and gifts to The Rotary Foundation have changed her life and the lives of many whom she will never know. She is the recipient of the RI “Service Above Self Award,” The Rotary Foundation’s “Citation for Meritorious Service,” and the prestigious Distinguished Service Award. She was honored to be nominated as one of President George H.W. Bush’s “1000 Points of Light,” which recognizes those individuals who are making a difference through their volunteer service. She was also awarded Maine Public Broadcasting System’s “Jefferson Award for Meritorious Service,” as well as honored with the “State of Maine Governor Award for Community Service.” In 1995,  she accepted a rewarding volunteer position with the American Cancer Society and is a two-time recipient of the American Cancer Society Volunteer of the Year Award.