Bob Wallace, Chair, and the entire District 7070 Foundation Committee hosted everyone in District 7070 to "Tuesday Talks" on November 10 to "The Rotary Foundation. Fund Raising in Challenging times and adapting in these times" Our keynote speaker was Brenda Cressey, Rotary Foundation Trustee - 2017-2021.


Brenda joined Rotary in 1989 and is currently a proud member of the Rotary Club of South Portland-Cape Elizabeth, Maine. USA in District 7780.  Brenda served as District 5240 (California) as its Governor in 2001-02.  She is retired as the CEO of Office Support Systems, a telecommunications business. Brenda served in several key roles for Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation over the years including serving as the first woman Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair in 2018-19 and will continue her four-year trustee term through 2021. 

Most of Brenda’s assignments have focused on successful Fund Development for The Rotary Foundation, specifically in the areas of Peace and Polio Eradication her passion and mission in Rotary.  However, she shares the importance of supporting the Annual Fund, Endowments and Major Gifts. She has witnessed several successful projects made possible by Rotary Clubs and Districts and enjoys seeing the full engagement of passionate Rotarians successfully implementing projects in each of the six Areas of Focus.  Most recently she is inspired by the amazing projects currently being carried out around the globe addressing community needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Having participated in several 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 how these gifts 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 Paul Harris and the new Legacy Societies and have established the Brenda and Richard Cressey Endowment for Peace, supporting Peace Certificate Fellowships. She is the recipient of the RI “Service Above Self Award” and The Rotary Foundation’s “Citation for Meritorious Service,” and the Rotary Foundations highest recognition, The Distinguished Service Award.