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ROTARY DISTRICT 5170
April 22-24, 2022 • Blackhawk Museum • San Ramon Marriott
Serbian Basketball Player
Vlade Divac is a Hall of Fame basketball player who spent 16 years as a center in the NBA and then several years as general manager of the Sacramento Kings.
Mr. Divac was born in Prijepolje, Serbia in 1968, where he played basketball professionally before being drafted into the NBA in 1989 by the Los Angeles Lakers. He signed with the Sacramento Kings in 1999 and is largely charged with reinvigorating the franchise. He retired from playing basketball in 2005.
Besides his basketball career, Mr. Divac is a humanitarian, focusing on bringing aid to children and refugees worldwide and in his native Serbia. He founded the Fondacija Ana i Vlade Divac (Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation) in June 2007 as an independent and nonprofit organization. Its main purpose is to help citizens, refugees and displaced persons in particular. They also focus on improving conditions for children and youth. You can learn more about the foundation here.
When I was 12 years old growing up in Indonesia, my Father was diagnosed with liver cancer. Because the healthcare system in Indonesia in the late 1970’s was very primitive, she took him to Taiwan, for treatment.
About 30 days later, my Mother returned home, alone.
While dying in the hospital, she promised my Father that we would all be together again and to not worry. He died, his body was cremated, and his remains were put in an Urn and placed in a Buddhist Temple in Taiwan.
My Mother immigrated and brought us to the United States. 22 years later, she died.
Remembering our Mother’s promise to my Father, my brothers and I decided to bring our Father’s remains back to the United States. I turned to my Rotarian boss and he gave me the name of his Rotarian friend in Taipei, Taiwan.
My brother and I flew to Taipei. When we arrived, he picked us up at the airport and put us up in a hotel in downtown Taipei. The next morning, he drove us to a Buddhist Temple. He explained while we were driving there, that he had done some research to locate the right temple. When walked into the temple, sitting on a table, was our Father's urn.
We met with the Buddhist Monk in Charge, he did not want to release the Urn. The Rotarian then spoke to the Monk privately. Ten minutes later, the Rotarian told us that the Monk had agreed to release the Urn because he had personally guaranteed that the Urn was going to the right family.
The next day, my Brother and I hand-carried the Urn on the airplane and returned home. Our parents are resting peacefully together— We kept our Mother’s promise.
We are forever grateful to this Taiwanese Rotarian and became friends. I would have never thought that when I joined Rotary 6 years earlier, a Rotarian 6,500 miles away would lend his hand to locate and retrieve my Father’s remains?
You see, Rotarians are People of Action. They help each other and help those who need help. When you join Rotary, you become friends and family with 1.2 million people around the world. We are Agents of Change.
BY JOINING ROTARY, YOU TOO HAVE BEEN BENEFITTED BY ROTARY IN YOUR OWN WAY. YOUR BEST FRIEND IS PROBABLY A MEMBER OF YOUR OWN CLUB. THERE ARE MANY BENEFITS OF JOINING ROTARY. WHY NOT INVITE A PERSON TO JOIN YOUR CLUB?
Rotary Member, Keynote Speaker
President, Rotary International, 2001-2002 Trustee, The Rotary Foundation, 1996-2000 Director, Rotary International, 1989-1991
Chairman of the Executive Committee, Rotary International, 1990-1991 Governor, District 5170, 1982-1983
Richard D. King is a past world president of Rotary International, and the senior partner in the California law firm King, King & King. He earned undergraduate and law degrees from the University of California at Berkeley where he is a member of the California Club and the Order of the Golden Bear. He taught Law at Brigham Young University. He is a distinguished military graduate of the University of California and served as a captain in the U.S. Military Intelligence. He received an Honorary Doctorate in Law from Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea.
A trial lawyer, Mr. King belongs to several legal associations including the American Association of Trial Lawyers. He is admitted to practice in both Utah and California and before the Supreme Court of the U.S. He served on the board of directors of the Eden Hospital Foundation, the Woodminster Performing Arts, and Oakland Ballet. He is a trustee of the City of Hope, and received the City of Hope "Spirit of Life" award. He has been knighted by the Republic of Italy and is a holder of the Great Official Order of Merit. He is a recipient of the State of Rio de Janeiro's highest award, the "Madelha Tiradentes." He belongs to the Commonwealth Club and Actor's Equity, and he is an elder and officer of the Mormon Church. He serves on the Executive Board of Directors of the San Francisco Bay Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America and is an active fundraiser for Scouting. He holds the Chevalier Degree, Legion of Honor and is a member of the International Hall of Fame of the Order of DeMolay. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Public Service Award and the Outstanding Humanitarian of the Year Award from the Brigham Young University Management Society. He has been honored by some 50 associations, by the President of the U.S. and by many countries across the globe for his community and charitable service. He served as Executive Director of the Wheelchair Foundation.
A Rotarian since 1968, he is a member of the Rotary Club of Niles-Fremont, California, USA. He has served as Trustee of the Rotary Foundation, Director and as Chairman of the Executive Committee of Rotary International's board of directors. He has also served Rotary as a club president, district governor, an international assembly instructor and as an official representative of the president of R.I. He has chaired and served on many Rotary International committees, task forces and special assignments. Mr. King has received the Rotary Citation for Meritorious Service and the Distinguished Service Award for his support and educational programs of the Rotary Foundation. He is a recipient of the PolioPlus Pioneer Award.
One of Rotary's most popular speakers, Mr. King has addressed Rotary International Conventions, Assemblies, Institutes, Seminars, Conferences and Rotary Clubs in every state in the USA and some 120 countries. As the President, he led Rotary International to its greatest one year growth record in its 100 year history, with 75,000 New Members Net, a global membership of 1,243,431 and 1,158 New Rotary Clubs in 2001-2002, more than one new club every 8 hours. In the same year, Rotarians contributed the highest amount of money ever raised for the annual Fund of the Rotary Foundation.
American Television Journalist
Philanthropist and Humanitarian
American Basketball Player
Luke Theodore Walton is an American professional basketball coach and former player who most recently served as the head coach of the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association. He played 10 seasons in the NBA as a forward, winning two NBA titles in 2009 and 2010; when he was a player for the Los Angeles Lakers. Walton also became an assistant coach under Steve Kerr with the Golden State Warriors. Luke's father, Bill Walton, was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and the two are the first father-son duo to win multiple NBA championships.
SAVE THE DATE
Partnering with Sunnyvale Rotary on Monday April 18th at Moffett Field Golf Course, winners to be announced at the District Conference