Twelve years ago, the family of past president A.D. “Robbie” Robertson created a fund in his honor within the RCM Community Trust – the A.D. Robertson Fund for the United Nations. This fund supports educational programming for Rotarians and the community about the humanitarian and peace building work of the United Nations.
Every year in October to celebrate United Nations, the A.D. Robertson Fund underwrites a U.N. Day Program during a Rotary Club of Milwaukee luncheon. In recent years, our U.N. Day speakers have included:
- Carl Gershman, president of the National Endowment for Democracy
- Joe Cirincione of Ploughshares Fund
- Ellen Laipson, president and CEO of the Stimson Center
- Ambassador David Scheffer
- Amir Dossal, Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Partnerships
- Ambassador Peter W. Galbraith
- Jan Egeland, Under-Secretary-General of the U.N.
- John Prendergast, co-founder of ENOUGH—an international effort to stop genocide
This year our program on Tuesday, October 24th will feature Steve Radelet of Georgetown University.
Steve is a Professor in Georgetown’s Practice of Development, Donald F. McHenry Chair in Global Human Development, and the Director of the Global Human Development Program. His research and teaching focuses on economic growth, poverty reduction, foreign aid, and debt, primarily in Africa and Asia. Steve also has extensive experience as a policy maker in the U.S. Government as he is an adviser to developing country leaders. He previously served as Chief Economist for USAID, Senior Adviser for Development to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Africa, the Middle East and Asia. He currently serves as an economic adviser to the President of Liberia. He will provide Rotary an excellent update on current U.N. efforts.
In addition to Tuesday luncheon speakers, the A.D. Robertson Fund also underwrites the participation of Rotaract members to attend Rotary Day at the United Nations in New York. It also funds RCM scholars to attend U.N. focused conferences in Washington D.C.
Special thank you to Joan Robertson, wife of the late Robbie Robertson, as she continues to be very active in Rotary’s United Nations programs, and RCM is grateful for her support.