Speaker Date Topic
Benjy Capps, Executive Director, Miracle League Aug 21, 2017
The Miracle League
The Miracle League

Benjy, a Raleigh native, attended North Carolina State University on a baseball scholarship. He has a lifelong passion for baseball and has been a coach with the Miracle League of the Triangle and the City of Raleigh over the past 7 years. In addition to being a coach of his son’s team in the Miracle League, Benjy has been Chair Person of the Deacons at Temple Baptist Church, and honored by Easter Seals UPC of North Carolina for his work with the “Ride Without Limits” program. Benjy brings a great blend of passion, professionalism and compassion that will lead our efforts to bring the joy of baseball to many more children with special needs and their families. He currently resides in Raleigh with his wife, Heather and sons, Micah and Noah

Cassandra Deck-Brown, Raleigh Police Chief Aug 28, 2017

A 25-year veteran of the Raleigh Police Department, Deck-Brown was one of three finalists in a nationwide search that drew in 48 applicants to replace former Chief Harry Dolan. He retired last year after leading the department for more than five years.


Deck-Brown worked her way up the ranks as a detective in 1994, sergeant in 1997, lieutenant in 2002, captain in 2003 and major in 2006, when she assumed leadership of the police department's Administrative Services Division. She was promoted to deputy chief in June 2011, after temporarily commanding daily operations of the department's Internal Affairs Unit and several other operations. "She came up through the ranks," Raleigh police Maj. Stacy Deans said. "She knows the personnel. We have shared goals."

Deck-Brown took over as head of the police department when Dolan retired Oct. 1, 2016

No meeting -- Labor Day Sep 04, 2017
Anne Mattews, Ph.D. Sep 11, 2017

Dr. Anne L. Matthews is president of Matthews and Associates, an educational firm in Columbia, SC. She has three earned degrees, including a doctorate from the University of South Carolina. She is an educator by profession, an author of business texts, and a public speaker. She served as president of several national educational organizations and served on numerous boards, including her undergraduate alma mater, Coker College. She is the recipient of several honors including ones from the YWCA, Girl Scouts of America, key to Lake City, SC, Distinguished Alumni Award, Hall of Fame from Florence County School District 3, National Business Education’s Distinguished Service Award, and Leadership SC. She received two appointments from President Ronald Reagan. Anne has spoken and/or consulted in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and 20 foreign countries on educational issues and/or the Rotary Foundation.

Phil Kirk Sep 18, 2017
"The Ten Governors I Have Known"
"The Ten Governors I Have Known"

Phil Kirk began his career in government in 1970 as the youngest state senator elected in North Carolina history. He then served as chief of staff for Govs. Jim Holshouser and Jim Martin as well as U.S. Sen. Jim Broyhill. He also served as secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services for two governors.

In 1989, Phil was named president of N.C. Citizens for Business and Industry (NCCBI), the state’s most powerful business lobby and official state chamber of commerce. During his 16-year tenure, Phil was consistently ranked among the top 25 most effective lobbyists in North Carolina. As former Gov. Jim Hunt said about Phil, “If there’s a single person in this state who is more involved and at the center of every issue, I don’t know who it is.” 

Keith Fishburne Sep 25, 2017
Special Olympics --- Celebrating 50 years of Champions!
Special Olympics --- Celebrating 50 years of Champions!

Keith L . Fishburne has been the president and CEO of Special Olympics North Carolina since May 1997. In this role, he is responsible for the overall management of the organization, including oversight of a $6.5 million budget and a staff of 24 full and part time employees.

From February 2002 to February 2005, Fishburne served as chairman of the Special Olympics United States Leadership Council (USLC).

In addition to being chairman of the USLC, he was the elected regional representative of the USLC for the SE United States with a term that ended in Feb 2005. He served as chairman of the Public Relations & Education Committee (PREC) and as a member of the Special Olympics Inc. 

Charles Francis Oct 02, 2017
Squash and Social Mobility
Squash and Social Mobility

Charles Francis is the founder and Managing Partner of The Francis Law Firm, PLLC.  A practicing attorney since 1989, Francis represents a wide variety of clients:  personal injury and medical malpractice victims, landowners whose property is being taken by eminent domain by the government, colleges and universities, housing authorities, cities and towns, insurance companies, businesses of all sizes, churches and non-profits.

Charles Francis has been committed to community service and leadership over the years.  He served as a Raleigh City Council member, Raleigh Planning Commission member, Vice Chairman of the Wake County Democratic Party, Vice Chairman of the Raleigh Wake Citizens Association, a Rex Hospital trustee, a John Rex Endowment founding trustee, a director of the Centennial Authority of the Entertainment and Sports Arena which built and operates the PNC Arena, a YMCA of the Triangle director, a Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce director, a member of the Board of Governors of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice and a Research Triangle Park Foundation director.

No meeting -- Columbus Day Oct 09, 2017
Carey Rudell, Program Director, Go Global NC Oct 16, 2017
Expanding NC's Global Engagement
Expanding NC's Global Engagement

Carey directs Go Global NC’s Global Leaders Program, which brings policymakers and business leaders to key countries to expand North Carolina’s international business, trade and education opportunities.

Before joining Go Global NC, Carey was a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State. In her most recent role, she designed and managed International Visitor Leadership Programs (IVLP). Through IVLP, the State Department’s premier professional exchange program, foreign leaders examine U.S. approaches to international challenges and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts. Carey previously served as the Portugal country desk officer, where she worked closely with the Department of Defense on the U.S. Air Force streamlining of its base in the Azores. Her first Foreign Service tour was in Mumbai, India, where she adjudicated nonimmigrant visas and provided consular services to U.S. citizens living and traveling in India. Carey’s most memorable experiences in Mumbai were opportunities to engage Indian youth – including volunteering at a local boys’ shelter and addressing Indian students interested in studying in the United States. She received a Meritorious Honor Award for her compassionate service to American citizens and a Meritorious Honor Group Award for assisting with President Obama’s 2010 visit to India.

Carey earned a Master of Arts degree in International Affairs from George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Her international experience includes travel to countries across Europe, Asia, and South America for business and tourism.

About Go Global NC

Go Global NC connects North Carolina to the world and the world to North Carolina. For 38 years, Go Global NC’s international education and training programs have empowered North Carolina leaders with the skills, understanding, connections, and knowledge to succeed in a global community. Go Global NC is part of the world-class, 17-campus University of North Carolina system. Learn more about how Go Global NC’s work strengthens North Carolina to act, grow, and prosper. 

Curt Johnson, Pres. & GM North Carolina Football Oct 23, 2017
Soccer in the Triangle
Soccer in the Triangle

Hear the latest on North Carolina FC’s MLS Bid and Downtown Stadium and Entertainment Complex Plan.

Curt Johnson-President and General Manager of the North Carolina Football Club (North Carolina FC- NASL, Men’s Second Division; North Carolina Courage- NWSL, Women’s First Division)

Johnson, a Raleigh native, played soccer locally with CASL, Ravenscroft School and NC State. As a defender for the Wolfpack, Johnson started 72 games in four years and as a senior captain, helped lead his team to the 1990 ACC Championship and NCAA semifinals. After graduating in 1991, he returned to NC State as a volunteer assistant coach.

Before heading up the RailHawks (now North Carolina FC) in 2011, he was GM with the Richmond Kickers from 1997-1999 and the Kansas City Wizards from 1999-2006, a club he helped guide to a 2000 MLS Cup and Supporters’ Shield as well as a 2004 Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. Following the Wizards, Johnson returned to the Carolinas where he worked briefly for the Carolina Hurricanes of the NHL and US Club Soccer in Charleston, SC.

As president and general manager of the North Carolina FC, he helps lead the state’s most successful professional soccer organization both from a team and business perspective, helping lead the club to two NASL regular season championships and increasing attendance and fan experience.

In December 2016, Johnson led the club in introducing the New State of Soccer, transitioning from the Carolina RailHawks to North Carolina FC. Johnson became the president and General Manager of the North Carolina Courage (NWSL) in January 2017 after the club acquired the 2016 NWSL Champions, the Western New York Flash.

With the North Carolina Football Club, Johnson is active in promoting soccer at all levels on and off the field, with an emphasis on youth soccer partnerships throughout the state. Johnson has helped establish the highly successful Capital Area RailHawks Academy collaboration with CASL. To this effect, he has been instrumental in forming a partnership with CASL and the Triangle Futbol Club Alliance (TFCA) to create North Carolina FC Youth and the largest youth-to-professional club in the country.

Johnson has been inducted into the Ravenscroft School Hall of Fame, Capital Area Soccer League (CASL) Hall of Fame, and the North Carolina Soccer Hall of Fame.

Matthew Kane Oct 30, 2017
Paul Harris Society thanks to Mary Moss
Paul Harris Society thanks to Mary Moss

Matthew and his wife Sonia live in Raleigh and have been actively involved as a Rotary family. Two of their children were selected to be Rotary Youth Exchange students and spent a year living in Santiago, Chile. Their family has hosted three international Youth Exchange students. Ryan, their oldest son, is the President of the Raleigh Midtown Rotary Club.

Matthew grew up in Bethesda, Maryland and has 8 brothers and sisters. He graduated with a Business degree from Virginia Tech and then he and Sonia spent 6 years in Houston before intentionally looking on a map to select Raleigh as their new home.  Matthew is the founder of Cutting Edge Engraving and operated this business successfully for 28 years selling plaques, awards and industrial engraving  before selling his business in June to 5-Star Awards, another Rotarian owned business. His new title is “Happily Retired Rotary Volunteer”.

Brian Maloney - Capitol Broadcasting Nov 06, 2017
Sports Media - Where things used to be - Where they are headed
Sports Media - Where things used to be - Where they are headed
Club Assembly Nov 13, 2017
No meeting -- Thanksgiving Holiday Nov 20, 2017
Kara Bonvillian, Roc Solid Foundation Nov 27, 2017
Building Hope for Kids with Cancer
Grant Berry Dec 04, 2017
PGA Tour caddie
PGA Tour caddie

Grant Berry has been caddie for over 30 years and has participated in almost 1,000 tournaments on the European, Australian, Asian and US PGA Tours for over 60 professional golfers including: Daniel Berger (present), Henrik Stenson, Carl Pettersson, Thomas Bjorn, Jesper Parnevik, Gordon Brand Jr., Howard Clark, Russell Claydon, Anders Forsbrand, Richard Johnson, Tom Gillis.

Grant has caddied for over $30 million in prize money, with 13 Tournament Wins and National Team Play including The Ryder Cup, Dunhill Cup, Seve Trophy and all four Major Tournaments, The Masters, US Open, British Open, and PGA Championship, numerous times. A career highlight includes caddying the winning putt in the 2006 Ryder Cup with Henrik Stenson.

Grant, originally from Manchester, England now lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

No meeting -- Holiday Luncheon Dec 11, 2017
No meeting - Christmas Day Dec 25, 2017
No meeting -- New Years Day Jan 01, 2018
Susan Gravely Feb 05, 2018

Susan Gravely is the Founder & Creative Director of VIETRI, Inc., a lifestyle brand offering Italian inspired and artisan crafted dinnerware and home and garden accessories. 

After over 30 years of managing the daily operations of VIETRI as both CEO and head Product Designer, Susan is now solely focused on leading VIETRI’s product development team and overall creative vision, utilizing her greatest strengths. 

Susan decided at the end of 2015 that balancing her dual roles was not in the best interest of VIETRI. Founded in 1983, VIETRI began with a trip to Italy where Susan and her mother Lee and sister Frances fell in love with the hand painted Italian dinnerware on the Amalfi Coast. Today, VIETRI is America’s largest Italian ceramics importing company, partnering with numerous manufacturers in various regions throughout Italy and Europe.