Rotaract Abbey Hawthorne

Abbey Hawthorne

Abbey is currently an Adviser to the Rotaract Club of Arizona State University (ASU) and a Director of Big West Rotaract (BWR), a Multi District Information Organization (MDIO). Her work with BWR provides leadership training and education to Rotaractors on the west coast of the U.S. through events, information exchange, and online resources. Abbey’s focus in Rotaract has been connecting young leaders to each other and the larger Rotary world through community service, conferences, roundtrips, and other activities. She’s been a Rotaractor since 2011.

“I am excited to embark upon the Connecting for Good Tour because I believe that it will further empower those we visit to come together to positively impact their community and the world today—and into the future,” says Abbey.

She also oversees the ASU Foundation’s crowdfunding program, PitchFunder. Abbey loves what she does because she learns something new every day, meets amazing individuals, and helps people fund their passions. She is looking forward to returning to graduate school in the coming years to work toward a career in international mediation and arbitration. Abbey has earned degrees in Global Studies and Sociology and certificates in International Studies and Religion & Conflict from ASU.

reinhold_wulffWulff A. Reinhold
District 5130 Governor 2016-2017

Wulff has been a Rotarian with the Rotary Club of Rohnert Park-Cotati since 2005.  He was his club’s Rotarian of the Year in 2008-2009, president in 2010-2011 and received his club’s Service Above Self award in 2012 and again in 2013. Wulff has served District 5130 as an Assistant Governor, as Abuse Prevention Coordinator, as District Conference Chair and continues to serve as a faculty member for the district’s Institute for Leadership.

Wulff has always been dedicated to serving and helping others.  Serving the public for over 35 years in the police, fire, and EMS fields, he also held leadership positions in several other community non-profits, service organizations and governmental boards outside of Rotary.

Together with his wife Paula, also a Rotarian, they have been recognized for their personal contributions and leadership qualities that inspire others throughout their greater community. Through Rotary, they sponsor two students in Uganda, Africa.  They are also Major Donors to the Rotary Foundation.

Wulff holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco.

He is a staunch supporter of the ideals and history of Rotary, while at the same time enthusiastically committed to ensuring Rotary’s evolution to provide continued value and relevance to all generations and cultures.

unnamed-2Joey Vaesen

Joey is extremely excited to participate in the Connecting for Good Tour. He can’t wait to see how Rotarians and Rotaractors are taking action in their communities throughout the West Coast. Joey believes that the Connecting for Good Tour is the perfect opportunity to engage with Rotary in Zones 25 and 26. He is excited to meet you and further expand his understanding of Rotary as he volunteers alongside you in your community.

Joey Vaesen is currently a co-president at the Rotaract Club of Victoria, the District Rotaract Representative for Rotary International District 5020, and a former Interactor. He works in procurement and project management for the Government of British Columbia with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and is a commerce student at the University of Victoria.

Katie-coard-connecting-for-good-photo1Katie Coard

Katie loves being an active Rotarian in her local community of Victoria, BC. When Katie was invited to be part of the Connecting for Good tour, she said, “I jumped at the chance to volunteer and impact communities all over Zone 25/26. Rotary is such a force for good and change in this world, I am honoured to help spread the word about Rotary and meet you all along the way.”

Originally from England, Katie moved to Victoria, Canada seven years ago to attend the University of Victoria. She joined the Rotaract Club of Victoria and served as co-President 2013/2014. When she’s not serving as a Rotarian, Katie is a freelance project manager, online marketer and website developer specializing in working with nonprofits.  Katie is also the founder and charter President of the Rotary Club of Downtown Victoria ( She serves as the chair of the Greater Victoria Public Image Committee and the District 5020 Public Image Committee. In addition to everything she does, Katie also founded Rethink Rotary where she provides a go-to spot for Rotarians and Rotary clubs looking for advice about changing how their club works, improving their online content and brand marketing.

SF Rotarian Melissa Cross

Melissa Cross

From the Rotary Club of San Francisco Evening, with a classification in Marketing, Melissa Cross is a 3rd Generation Rotarian, Current President of her club, soul cycler and yogi. Melissa was inspired to join a club after the opportunity to travel to India on a National Polio Immunization trip.

Melissa spent one year after graduating college working at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL. In the summer of 2011, Melissa swam from Alcatraz to SF after months of training in the cold Bay waters! Originally from Philadelphia, Melissa now calls Oakland, CA home. She is godmother to two boys, whom she spoils very much!