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Stephanie A. Urchick is selected to be the 2024-25 president of Rotary International

Stephanie UrchickStephanie A. Urchick, of the Rotary Club of McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2024-25, a decision that would make her only the second woman to hold that position. 

With the world facing incredible challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic, disasters driven by climate change, and conflict in many regions, Urchick says Rotary’s leaders can offer a vision and a plan for overcoming these challenges.

“Measures taken by Rotary leadership to survive and end critical challenges often make our organization stronger and more resilient for future events,” Urchick says. “This kind of essential leadership also creates new levels of cooperation, even among rivals, when Rotarians pull together as people of action to serve and solve a crisis.”

Making regionalization a priority is crucial, says Urchick.

“Because Rotary operates in more than 200 countries and regions, it is vital to recognize that the organization has the potential to become more efficient and effective by understanding and reacting to how regional differences affect the way Rotarians work together to address providing service, promoting integrity, and advancing world understanding, goodwill, and peace,” Urchick says.

Urchick is partner and chief operating officer of Doctors at Work LLC, a consulting and training company. She holds a doctorate in leadership studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is active on numerous community boards and committees, and has been honored by organizations including Zonta International and the Sons of the American Revolution.

A Rotary member since 1991, Urchick has traveled to Vietnam to help build a primary school and to the Dominican Republic to install water filters. She studies several Slavic languages, has mentored new Rotarians in Ukraine, and coordinated a Rotary Foundation grant project in Poland.

Urchick has served Rotary in many roles, including as a director, Foundation trustee, and chair of the RI Strategic Planning Committee and the Foundation’s Centennial Celebration Committee. She currently serves on the Election Review Committee and the Operations Review Committee. She is a Rotary Foundation Major Donor and a member of the Bequest Society.

To learn more about Urchick, read her interview and vision statement, which outline her goals for Rotary.

Douglas Ronald Cameron 

October 04, 1943 ~ November 16, 2023 

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Douglas Ronald Cameron of Vero Beach, FL, passed away surrounded by family on November 16, 2023, after a sudden and brief battle with lung cancer.

Doug is survived by his loving wife, Constance H. Cameron; his sister, Beverly Guida and husband, Paul; his daughter, Kate Scheuritzel and husband, Adam; his son, Michael Quimby-Cameron, and husband Nate; his stepsons Mark de Kanter and wife Kathleen, Nate de Kanter and wife Courtney, and Seth de Kanter and wife Courtney; grandchildren, to whom he was known as “Pompa”: Hannah Fortier, Spencer Fortier, James Scheuritzel and wife Kristan, Riley Scheuritzel, Chayton Scheuritzel, Emmett de Kanter, Samantha de Kanter, Sienna de Kanter, Bridget de Kanter, Darcy de Kanter, and Hutton de Kanter; and five loved nieces and nephews and their families.

Doug was born October 4, 1943, in Holden, MA, to Ronald H. Cameron and Shirley Mae Winslow. He graduated from Clark University in 1965, serving in the U.S. Naval Reserves during that time. He subsequently entered Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as a Lieutenant stationed in Little Creek, VA and serving active duty for four years aboard the USS Monrovia. During that time, he married Kathleen Flanagan, to whom he was married for 27 years until her passing in 1993.

After naval service, Doug began a successful career in sales and marketing that took him and Kathy to several states, including Minnesota, where his two children were born, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. His career ultimately led to his tenure as President of Pearse-Pearson Co., a distributor of hydraulic and pneumatic products. At the end of his working career, he served as a marketing manager with Kaman Industrial Technologies and worked remotely from his home in Bristol, Maine.

Fate brought Doug and his wife, Connie, together in 2002 on a Martha’s Vineyard ferry ride. They married and worked together to build a beautiful home in Bristol, ME, on the Pemaquid Peninsula near Damariscotta, ME, where they enjoyed coastal New England community, developed many meaningful friendships, and generously opened their home to family and friends for frequent visits. In 2020, they relocated to Vero Beach, FL, to do the same in the warmth of the Florida sun.

Doug was a man of notable intellectual curiosity, which manifested in diverse interests and talents. Pursuits he enjoyed included singing in the All Saints Boys Choir of Worcester, MA, throughout his school years starting at eight years old, photography, carpentry, boating, golf, software and technology, history, weather, astronomy, birds, clockmaking, “N” gauge model trains, woodcarving, and more. Most of all, Doug loved and was so proud of his family, spending recent years writing a memoir called “The Story of Us,” digitally scanning hundreds of family photos and slides, and coordinating a virtual family reunion. Family and friends will miss his thoughtful conversation, ready smile, hearty laughter, and his bottomless well of “dad jokes.”

Celebration of his life will occur at a future date to be arranged by the family.

In lieu of flowers donations made be made to

• The Community Energy Fund, PO Box 40, Bristol, ME 04539 (https://www.communityenergyfund.com)
• Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust, P.O. Box 333, Damariscotta, ME (https://www.coastalrivers.org/)
• All Saints Choir,10 Irving Street, Worcester, MA 01609 (https://www.allsaintsw.org/giving)

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