Rotary Foundation Projects & Million Dollar Dinner/Journey
May 09, 2019 7:00 PM
Julia Phelps, Rotary Foundation Trustee 2017-2020
Rotary Foundation Projects & Million Dollar Dinner/Journey

Julia joined the Rotary Club of Amesbury, MA in 1997 and served as president of the club in
2001-02. She was very active in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program and
hosted several Ambassadorial Scholars. After serving as president, she was asked to train
incoming presidents at NE Presidents-elect Training Seminar (PETS). Julia served as a host
counselor for a Youth Exchange.
She has served in several positions at the district level. She worked on RYLA, served as
Inbound Chair for Ambassadorial Scholars and was District Governor of District 7930 in 2007-
2008. She was the District’s Annual Giving Chair and the Chair for NE PETS. Julia became
District 7930’s Foundation Chair in July 2009 and led the district through the Future Vision
Pilot. She shared Future Vision insights at the New Orleans, Louisiana and Lisbon, Portugal
International Conventions.
Julia has served as a Presidents Representative and the Rotary Foundation Alumni Chair
(RFAC) for Zone 32. Julia prepared governors-elect on the Foundation’s new grant model at
the International Assembly in 2012 and 2013. She served as International Director from 2014
– 2016 and in 2016 - 2017 was a member of the Operations Review Committee. In 2017, Julia
was appointed as a Trustee of our Rotary Foundation and is currently serving on the
Foundation’s Stewardship Committee and Executive Committee. She’s also a member of RI’s
Membership Committee and the Trustee Liaison to the Leadership Development and Training
In addition to her Trustee responsibilities, Julia is an active member of the Water and
Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG). She serves on the Operation Team of
WASRAG and chaired the World Water Summit 2017, 2018, and 2019. Recently, Julia
participated in handing over toilet blocks and handwashing stations to a school of 1200
students in Nashik, India. The Rotary Club of Amesbury, MA financially supported this project
along with other clubs in the USA, Australia, and India.
Julia is the recipient of the Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service. Steve McKenzie, her
husband, and Julia are Majors Donors and charter members of the Bequest Society. She is
also a Paul Harris Society member.
She’s retired from the Massachusetts Department of Education where she served as the
Associate Commissioner for Curriculum and Instruction. She and Steve, live in Greenland,
New Hampshire, USA. Steve is the proud father of two children, Melissa and Stephen. Steve
and Julia are also the grandparents to Peyton, Zeth, River, Finn and Nate. All of their family
members are Paul Harris Fellows.