Ole Man River Rotary PETS

March 8-9, 2024

Natchez Convention Center
Natchez, MS


Stephanie A. Urchick
Rotary International President-Elect


Stephanie A. Urchick, of the Rotary Club of McMurray, Pennsylvania, USA, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of Rotary International for 2024-25, a decision that would make her only the second woman to hold that position. She will be declared the president-nominee on 15 September if no challenging candidates have been suggested.

With the world facing incredible challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic, disasters driven by climate change, and conflict in many regions, Urchick says Rotary’s leaders can offer a vision and a plan for overcoming these challenges.

“Measures taken by Rotary leadership to survive and end critical challenges often make our organization stronger and more resilient for future events,” Urchick says. “This kind of essential leadership also creates new levels of cooperation, even among rivals, when Rotarians pull together as people of action to serve and solve a crisis.”

Making regionalization a priority is crucial, says Urchick.

“Because Rotary operates in more than 200 countries and regions, it is vital to recognize that the organization has the potential to become more efficient and effective by understanding and reacting to how regional differences affect the way Rotarians work together to address providing service, promoting integrity, and advancing world understanding, goodwill, and peace,” Urchick says.

Urchick is partner and chief operating officer of Doctors at Work LLC, a consulting and training company. She holds a doctorate in leadership studies from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is active on numerous community boards and committees, and has been honored by organizations including Zonta International and the Sons of the American Revolution.

A Rotary member since 1991, Urchick has traveled to Vietnam to help build a primary school and to the Dominican Republic to install water filters. She studies several Slavic languages, has mentored new Rotarians in Ukraine, and coordinated a Rotary Foundation grant project in Poland.

Urchick has served Rotary in many roles, including as a director, Foundation trustee, and chair of the RI Strategic Planning Committee and the Foundation’s Centennial Celebration Committee. She currently serves on the Election Review Committee and the Operations Review Committee. She is a Rotary Foundation Major Donor and a member of the Bequest Society.

To learn more about Urchick, read her interview and vision statement, which outline her goals for Rotary.

 from Ryan Hyland –


May 25-29, 2024

Ole Man River PETS Chairperson 2024 Pamela Anne Stewart

Pamela was recently recognized as a 2022 Rotary International Service Above Self award recipient at the Rotary International Convention in Houston, Texas, and is the Zone 31 Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator 2022-2025.

Pamela joined the Rotary Club of Ruston in 2002 where she served in various roles, including as President from 2006-2007.  After her year as Club President, she was involved in a club extension project and served as a charter member and charter Club President of the Rotary Club of Lincoln from 2009-2010.  She served as District Governor from 2013-2014, as Rotary Zone 31 Assistant Rotary Public Image Coordinator from 2014-2018, as Zone 31 Endowment/Major Gifts Adviser 2018-2021, as Zone 31 Empowering Girls Ambassador 2021-2023, and as Zone 31 Global Grants Resource 2021-2023.  She has served in various other club, district and zone capacities, as well as serving on the Ole Man River President-Elect Training Seminar (OMR PETS) Committee and as President’s Representative for RI Presidents Ravi Ravindran, Ian Riseley, and Holger Knaack.  She is a Major Donor-Level 3, Bequest Society Member-Level 5, and sustaining member of the Rotary Foundation, and a recipient of the Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service.  Her community involvement includes serving as President of the Lincoln Parish Bar Association for four (4) terms, serving on Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Hearing Committees, serving on the Louisiana Bar Foundation Fellow Northeast Community Partnership Panel, serving as Chair of the Northern Louisiana Medical Center Board of Trustees, serving on the Board of Directors of the Grambling High Foundation, and serving as President and a co-founder of Goodwill Lunching, Inc.   She is a recipient of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Citizen Lawyer Award, a Louisiana Bar Foundation Fellow, and a member of the Judge Fred Fudickar, Jr. American Inns of Court.  She is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University and LSU Law School and is Senior Counsel for Genesis Energy.