GUEST SPEAKERS

Mark Kriebel

Mark Kriebel first joined Rotary in 1977 in Ebensburg, PA, and is currently a member of the Endwell, NY Rotary Club, where he is Treasurer, and served as President in 2001-2002. Mark’s District 7170 work has included chairing most District operating Committees, Assistant Governor, and 2006-2007 District Governor. Since his year as Governor, Mark has served Rotary as Zone and Regional Membership Coordinator, Regional Public Image Coordinator, GETS, DGN, and DG trainer and Zone Institute training coordinator, and he has had multiple assignments as President’s Representative, International Convention speaker, International Coordinator Trainer, and Training Leader and Plenary speaker at the Rotary International Assembly. Mark is a popular speaker at many Multi-District PETS. He served on the 2013 and 2017 Council on Legislation, and is also President of the International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians.

Outside of his Rotary service, Mark has served as President of Maine-Endwell Little League, founding Board member of Maine-Endwell Dollars for Scholars, and is currently Treasurer of the Center for Technology and Innovation. Mark is extremely active in the Boy Scouts of America, where he has served as President of the Baden-Powell Council, President of Northeast Region Area 3, and Regional Vice-President. Mark currently sits on the National Council's Executive Board of the Northeast Region. In addition to chairing the national BSA committee dealing with membership growth and retention, he has lead the Northeast Region contingent to two World Scout Jamborees, served as Chief of five National Jamborees, and will be the Chief of all Camp Operations at the 2019 World Scout Jamboree. Mark has been named a Distinguished Eagle Scout, and is a recipient of the Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope, and Silver Buffalo Awards for extraordinary service to youth on a local, regional, and international level. He is a familiar voice on radio, television, in stores and "on-hold", and, for 40 years, has been the principal in the MUZAK franchise serving a 10 county area of New York.

Mark and his wife Patricia have hosted Rotary Youth Exchange Students, and they are Rotary Foundation Major Donors, Benefactors, and Bequest Society Members.

PAT KRIEBEL

Pat Kriebel first joined Rotary in 2005 but her involvement goes back to 1999 when she was host Mom to Youth Exchange Student Jacob from Denmark. Pat then became involved in many club activities, and her son Dan became involved with Rotary youth programs. Her husband, Mark, served as the Endwell Rotary Club President in 2001-2002, and she served as first lady in 2006-2007 when Mark was District 7170 Governor.

Pat served as President of Endwell Rotary in 2009-2010, and currently serves her club as Youth Exchange chair. Her District Committee work has included District conference chair in 2007, Empire PETS committee, GSE Committee, and Assistant Governor 2010-2013. Pat is the fourth woman to serve as Rotary District 7170 Governor (2014-2015). She is a Rotary Foundation Major Donor and Bequest Society member- Level 2, a graduate of Rotary Leadership Institute, and a certified RLI facilitator.

Pat attended The Julliard School, Ithaca College and Northwestern University. She has taught music in the public schools and privately for over 30 years. She is involved in many music and community organizations, and serves as a certified All-State Voice and Piano judge for the New York State School Music Association.

Pat is married to PDG Mark Kriebel, and they have two children and three grandchildren. She and Mark have attended many Rotary International Conventions, have twice served as Training Leaders at the International Assembly in San Diego, and they have served as RI President’s Representative multiple times. Pat has been a trainer at the Zone Institutes, was vice chair of Empire Multi-District PETS, and the Atlanta and Toronto RI Convention promotion chair for Upstate New York.

Joanne Elvy & Ahmad Alkosani

Joanne's journey with Rotary International began in 2018 when she was awarded a fellowship for the program at the Peace Centre in Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. As educator, Joanne's research as Peace Fellow focused on post-conflict recovery for Syrian children.

She then traveled to Béqaa Valley in Lebanon to assist the non-profit organization GERO ("Global Education & Refugee Organization") in capacity building and outreach for refugee children. There Joanne met Ahmad Alkosani, the founder of GERO.

Originally from Syria, in 2018 Ahmad was sponsored by WUSC ("World University Service of Canada") to come to Canada and study Business at Sault College. Since arriving in Sault Ste Marie Ahmad has since been active in the community to create awareness on the challenges that refugees face.

As Joanne now heads back to Lebanon and Ahmad continues his advocacy here in Canada, both have first-hand stories on the hardships that Syrians face in the Béqaa region, with the hope to initiate awareness, empathy and dialogue amongst Rotary members.