by Steve Brown
Nov 12, 2019
Water: Conflict and Diplomacy
by Steve Brown

Water: Conflict and Diplomacy. Rotary's involvement with the challenges involving the countries sharing the Aral Sea Basin in Central Asia.

Stephen R. BrownRotary Foundation Trustee (2010-14), Rotary Club of La Jolla Golden Triangle 

Steve was a partner in the law firm of Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps from 1972 until his retirement several years ago. He has been a member of the Stanford Law School Board of Visitors. He received the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award from the United Nations Association of San Diego. A Rotarian since 1986, he’s been active throughout his illustrious Rotary career with programs that help the less fortunate. The bigger the challenge the better he likes it. Here just a few of his Golden Triangle activities before he was appointed to The Rotary Foundation as a trustee ascending to the Vice Chair Position before he stepped down.

1990-91 .... President La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club
1995-96 .... District 5340 Governor
2010-14 .... Trustee of the Rotary International Foundation, one of 15 worldwide

He has served The Rotary Foundation as trustee 2010-14 and vice chair in 2012-13. He has served as member of various committees at Rotary headquarters. Since 2002, he has been working as a volunteer on projects in Afghanistan. In January 2002, Steve arranged for La Jolla Golden Triangle member Fary Moini to travel to Afghan refugee camps in Pakistan as a 'Rotary Volunteer' to assist the refugees. When she returned, he spearheaded the efforts to fund and build a school for 1,000 girls returning to Jalalabad, Afghanistan. (That school now has nearly 9,000 girls AND boys attending in shifts). He then obtained funding for additional projects such as The Steve Brown International Learning Center, a university dormitory for girls and a faculty computer learning center and auditorium. Countless educational programs have spawned from the successful completion of these projects.

Steve has been involved in Rotary Foundation projects in numerous countries around the world and has traveled extensively to help support international service through Rotary. He is a recipient of The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award and the RI Service Above Self Award. Steve and his wife, Susan, are members of the Arch C. Klumph Society---Chair’s Circle---and the Bequest Society. Presently he is Vice Chair of Rotary’s Countdown to History Committee with the responsibility to raise major gifts for Rotary’s polio eradication initiative.