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Luncheon: Panel - United Nations & World Polio Day

United Nations Day

In 1945, forty-nine Rotary members served in 29 delegations to the United Nations Charter Conference. Rotary still actively participates in UN conferences by sending observers to major meetings and promoting the United Nations in Rotary publications. Rotary International's relationship with the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) dates back to a 1943 London Rotary conference that promoted international cultural and educational exchanges. Attended by ministers of education and observers from around the world, and chaired by a past president of RI, the conference was an impetus to the establishment of UNESCO in 1946.

World Polio Day
One Day, One Focus, Ending Polio.

Panel Discussion

Michael Faris, Moderator

Mantvydas Bekesius, Consul General of the Republic of Lithuania in Chicago since July 2017.  Prior positions in the Republic of Lithuanian included Deputy Foreign Minister; Chief of Staff for the Speaker of the Parliament, Chief Adviser on Foreign Affairs to the Speaker of the Parliament, Special Mission to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Arms Control and Terrorism Prevention Division, Transatlantic Cooperation and Security Policy Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Special Mission to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Security Policy Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.   He is a lecturer at the General Jonas Žemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania with a specialty in Law Enforcement Institutions, Constitutional and Labor Law.
Mr. Bekesius graduated from the Law University of Lithuania, Vilnius and holds a master in Law and Management. He speaks five languages, Lithuanian, English, Russian, German and
Dari, Farsi.

Itay Milner, Deputy Consul General of Israel to the Midwestassumed the post in August of 2016. As the second highest ranking Israeli official, he coordinates and oversees the political and academic affairs in the nine-state Upper Midwest Region. Mr. Milner works with regional, state and local elected officials. While concentrating on collaborations with universities and colleges, he also creates partnerships and maintains relationships with community leaders throughout the Midwest to enhance Israel’s standing/image.  Mr. Milner has worked for Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a professional diplomat since 2011. Prior to assuming his current position, he served as the Deputy Ambassador of Israel to Serbia and Montenegro, where he was responsible for government relations, trade and public diplomacy.  In addition to English, Milner is conversant in Serbian.
Before joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Milner practiced law and has experience working in Israeli media outlets. Born in Tel Aviv, he obtained his law and business management degrees from m Tel Aviv University. Though he has backpacked around the world, the Deputy Consul General appreciates a quiet evening at home. He is a foodie and a news junkie.

Herbert Quelle, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany for the Midwest, based in Chicago. After school, military service and university, he joined the Federal Foreign Office, then still in Bonn, in 1980. His postings abroad have included Los Angeles, Pretoria, Havana, Warsaw, London, Baku and Boston in various functions. In Baku he served as Ambassador. His attachment to the Consulate General in Boston was combined with a fellowship at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs of Harvard University. He has been in Chicago since July, 2014. Herbert Quelle is also an author, and has just published a book on the connection between the German harmonica and the blues. He likes to play music himself in his spare time.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 12:10 PM until 1:20 PM
Union League Club
65 W. Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL  60604

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