2005-06 Carl Wilhelm Stenhammer

RI President 2005/2006 Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammer from Sweden with Rotary Melbourne President 2004/2005 Anne Jacques beside tree dedicated to him in 2004.

Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammer, of the Rotary Club of Göteborg, Sweden, in District 2360, was President of Rotary International in 2005-06, the centenary year of Rotary.

Carl-Wilhelm chose a familiar theme for the first year of Rotary's second 100 years. "Service Above Self was selected in 1911 as the motto for Rotary because it so aptly articulated the ideals that the fledgling organization was in the process of developing."  By choosing this motto as our theme for this year, Rotarians will have an opportunity to reflect upon the true meaning of Service Above Self.
"As with anything that has become an innate part of our lives, it is easy to take the Rotary motto for granted.  As we renew our commitment, as Rotarians, to this timeless message of compassion and generosity of spirit it will offer us an opportunity to determine who we can best embrace our motto.  For 95 years, this motto has served as the underlying motif of our efforts to carry out humanitarian service, promote high ethical standards, an dwork for international understanding and peace."
A marketing manager and food broker for international food products, Stenhammer is the former owner of Gust.F.Bratt AB. During his active business career he traveled all over the world. In addition, he has been a member of the boards of several companies and served as chairman of the board of a local private school.

Carl-Wilhelm has been a Rotarian since 1974. He immediately became involved in all levels of Rotary, and has held numerous positions at the Club, District and International levels. His District service has included chairing the Youth Exchange and Member Elections Committees and the Sweden Rotary Youth Exchange Foundation. He was also a treasurer of the Rotary International Scholarship Foundation of his District and served as District Governor in 1987-88.

He began International Service to Rotary in 1991 with the appointment to the Youth Service Committee which he chaired in 1993, followed by positions as regional coordinator of the Youth Service Task Force and serving as a moderator at numerous Rotary International Institutes. He has personally many times represented the RI President at a District Conference in locations stretching from Finland to Africa to the USA and India. He served as RI Director in 1996-98, and as such a member of the Executive Committee, chairing the Finance Committee of the Board and Vice-Chairman of the Audit Committee.

He has been a member of the Audit & Operations Review Committee of RI 1998-2000 and a member of the San Antonio Convention Committee. He was also Moderator of the 1999-2000 Regional Magazine Editors Seminar, Chairman of the Permanent Fund Committee for Europe and RIBI 2000-04, Chairman of the Presidential Celebration in Stockholm 2003, General Coordinator for the Literacy and Education Task Force, 2003-04, National PolioPlus Advocacy Advisor and member of the Polio Eradication Advocacy Task Force. He is now President Nominee, RI.

Carl-Wilhelm was born in Goteborg, Sweden, January 16, 1935. He is married to Minica since 1962, has two sons, two grandsons and one granddaughter.

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