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Women and Rotary
Rotary International Women Directors
RID 11/13, RI Treasurer 2012/13
Elizabeth S. Demaray
RC of Sault Ste. Marie, MI, District 6290, Zone 29 2011/2013
RI Treasurer 2012/13
(Also see the RGHF Women and Rotary Video Project of 2013)
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RGHF instituted The Betsy Demaray Award for leadership by RGHF women
2014 recipient will be announced at Sydney 1 June 2014, The first recipient will also be given a first copy of a new book on Rotary
2014 recipient RIVP 2013/14 Anne Matthews
25 January 2013: "This morning loving mom, wife, and friend, Betsy (Boyer) Demaray journeyed to heaven to be with Jesus. Embarking on a new adventure, she leaves behind a legacy of compassion and love for all of us to learn from. She is now experiencing all the treasures of heaven....in fact, God has probably put her on the Board of Directors :). God bless you all." Tina and family Memorial on RGHF's public Facebook page.
Betsy Demaray has been a member of the Sault Ste. Marie, MI Rotary Club since 1988, serving as its president twice. At the District level, she served as DG 6290 2000-01, Foundation chair, Membership chair and numerous other committees. She served as the General Chair of Great Lakes Rotary Multi-district PETS for 2 years. At the RI level, she served as a Training Leader at the International Assembly 2 years, as RRIMC, World Affairs Committee, Leadership and Development Committee, Family of Rotary Task Force, Zone Coordinator for the Brisbane Convention, and TRF Paperwork Review Committee. In her Zone, Betsy was Institute Training Leader, Program Chair and Chief Sgt at Arms. She and Ken have served at 2 International Conventions on the Senior Sgt. at Arms team. Betsy has been a President’s Representative seven times and is a recipient of the Rotary International Service Above Self Award.
She and Ken are both Paul Harris Fellows, benefactors and members of the Bequest Society. They have been host parents to six exchange students, were part of a Discovery Grant mission to Jamaica and were on two working visits to Nicaragua’s Children of the Dump project. Ken is a member and past President of the Chippewa County Sunrise Rotary Club.
In the community, Betsy’s activities have centered around her volunteer work in Rotary, with time taken out to be the President of the United Way and Board of Realtors, and be active in numerous organizations including The New Hope House, Sault Downtown Development Authority, and Chippewa County EDC. She currently sits as a trustee of the Lake Superior State University Foundation and the War Memorial Hospital Board. She is director of her church hand bell choir. In the 1980’s she was named one of the top five woman entrepreneurs in the State of Michigan, with the Athena Award.
Betsy and Ken have a son Eric, who owns an art printing business and gallery with his wife Kathy; and a daughter Tina, a teacher who with husband Scott have 2 daughters and 2 sons. Ken is a retired teacher and currently manages their various rental properties. They are also caregivers for their mothers, ages 93 and 95. Betsy is a commercial real estate broker, formerly a Bank Vice President. They have owned several businesses including an appraisal firm, an accounting firm, a sporting goods store, two motels and a fitness studio. Her educational background includes a B.S. degree in Accounting and Masters of Business Administration.
Prepared by RGHF member RID 11/13 Elizabeth S. Demaray, RC of Sault Ste. Marie, MI, District 6290, Zone 29
Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. —
The 2012-13 President of Rotary International, Sakuji Tanaka of Japan, has announced that Elizabeth “Betsy” Demaray, from Sault Ste. Marie has been named as the Treasurer of Rotary International.
Demaray currently sits on the 19 member Board of Directors of Rotary International for 2011-13, and each year one member of the board is appointed as the Treasurer. Demaray will be the first woman to ever served as an officer of the organization in its 105 year history and will oversee a $100 million budget. Rotary has 1.2 million members and over 34,000 Rotary clubs in 200 countries and territories around the world.
Demaray joined the Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie in 1988, soon after women were allowed to join the organization. She became the club’s first female president in 1994 and served again as its president in 2007.
In 2000, she was elected as the first female District Governor for District 6290, which covers as far south as Holland, Mich. and as far north as Wawa, Ontario. She is second woman to sit on the International Board of Rotary, the first from the Western Hemisphere.
In addition to her involvement of Rotary, Betsy sits on the Board of War Memorial Hospital and on the Foundation Board for LSSU. In the past she has served as president of the United Way and the EUP Board of Realtors and sat on both the Chippewa County EDC and the Downtown Development Authority. She has been a member and the director of the Central United Methodist Church handbell choir for many years.
Betsy has been a licensed Realtor since 1978 and currently is an Associate Broker with Smith & Company Real Estate. During the past years she and husband Ken have owned and operated numerous businesses in Sault Ste. Marie including two motels, a sporting goods store, an accounting business, an appraisal firm and a fitness center. In the 1980s, Betsy was named one of the top five women entrepreneurs in the State of Michigan with the Athena Award. She and Ken have two children, Eric (Kathy) Demaray and Tina (Scott) Nason and four grandchildren.
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