Doodles for Rotary International

thumbnail_YPS_logojAbout 25 years ago, this organization Rotary International changed my life. You see, back then I was a college student I had heard from a friend about the Ambassadorial Rotary Scholarship where you get to live abroad, study and speak to Rotary Clubs in the hosting country. Well, I competed for the scholarship and I won! Since I wasn’t able to get into an art school because I did mostly cartooning, I decided to study French in France. The College International de Cannes caught my eye and I was able to study there the whole year. My Rotary Counselor Guy LeMaire and his family were wonderful hosts whom I still visit to this day. Back in the day, I was assigned to speak to many clubs along the Cote D’Azur and explain as an ambassador how Americans live in the United States. The whole experience was an amazing opportunity which changed my life. I’ve been part of Rotary throughout my life and have made life long friends through the process.

So, when the Rotary District governor asked me to do doodles for their 5 + 5 Young Professionals Summit at Bear Mountain Inn Resort, I had to say yes! 🙂

The clubs from three districts were meeting with Rotarians and non-Rotarians to discuss how to improve Rotary International and keep its membership going. I was able to actively listen to comments, concerns and suggestions while capturing their words into images and illustrations that would be humorous yet memorable. Rotary International Director Dean Rohrs of District 5040 was so pleased with the artwork that she will be hopefully presenting the artwork to Rotary Headquarters! A picture is worth a thousand words!

What’s wonderful about illustrating at conferences and meetings is that visual images can help attendees contain the information learned or topics discussed. Would you be interested in having me illustrate at your next conference or session? Then get in touch! Send me an email at or fill out this page HERE. I am looking forward to hearing from you soon!