Brenda joined Rotary in 1989 and is currently a proud member of the Rotary Club of Paso Robles, CA. USA in District 5240. She is retired as the CEO of Office Support Systems, a telecommunications business in Maine.
Brenda served in several key roles for Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation over the years including District Governor in 2001-02, a Regional Membership and Foundation Coordinator, an Endowment Major Gift Advisor. In 2018-19 she was honored to serve as the first female Vice Chair and later Chair of The Rotary Foundation. She will continue her term as Trustee 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. However, she shares the importance of supporting the Annual Fund, Endowments and Major Gifts. She has enjoyed witnessing several successful outcomes with Clubs and Districts with their own Rotary Foundation fundraising efforts as well as the full engagement of many passionate Rotarians who successfully implement foundation projects in each of the six Areas of Focus.
Her passion is and has always been to see the end of Polio and is her mission and the very reason she joined Rotary. 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 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 new Legacy Societies and have established the Brenda and Richard Cressey Endowment for Peace.
She is the recipient of the RI “Service Above Self Award” and The Rotary Foundation’s “Citation for Meritorious Service,” and the Foundations highest recognition, The Distinguished Service Award.
Brenda resides in Templeton, California, USA with her husband Richard, who is retired from a long career as a Vice President in manufacturing. They both enjoy spending good times with their three grandchildren and family.