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Rotary names new deputy general secretary

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Evanston-based Rotary International has promoted Michele Berg to help lead day-to-day operations at the service organization’s headquarters.

As deputy general secretary, Berg will work alongside Rotary General Secretary John Hewko to ensure effective internal operating policies and implement strategies and programs.

She will also assist in managing the $140 million annual operating budgets of Rotary International and its charitable arm, The Rotary Foundation, which have more than US$1 billion in combined assets.

In her previous role as chief programs and member services officer for Rotary, Berg led a team of more than 150 that supported membership development, learning and development, and Rotary Foundation programs.  She came to Rotary in 2001 from SmithBucklin, where she managed and marketed training opportunities for nonprofit associations.

“Michele is an outstanding leader who has been instrumental in ensuring that we provide high-quality services to our members — all volunteers committed to making the world a better place through humanitarian service,” said Hewko. “As deputy general secretary, she will play a vital role in helping Rotary continue to evolve, grow and bring lasting change to communities around the world.”

Berg says, “I feel strongly that creating the right conditions for associates, including workplace flexibility, professional growth opportunities, and empowerment is the best way to attract and retain talented people who take pride in their work and deliver outstanding service to Rotary members.”

Originally from LaGrange, Berg graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a major in Italian. She earned an MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a dual specialization in marketing and international business.

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