Maris Brenner, raised in Quincy, Illinois and now at home in Sandusky, Ohio, is a resort marketing and sales professional with four decades of sales experience at varying sized golf, island, and conference resorts and hotels in destinations from California and Hawaii to Alaska, Wisconsin and Missouri to the mountains of Virginia. The last eleven years she led the Sales and Marketing Team at Kalahari Resort and Convention Center. and continues on a modified schedule at Sawmill Creek Resort .
Semi-retired, she continued her volunteer work with community organizations including service for the last few years as President of the United Way of Erie County, Trustee and Past President of Lake Erie Shores and Islands VCB, and on the steering committee for the area’s largest, Cancer Fundraiser, Girls Night Out. Maris is active on the Sandusky Bicentennial Committee for Sandusky and leads the planning for the once in 200 year, Founders Day Parade on 8.18.18
A Rotarian since 2007 and Past President of the Rotary Club of Sandusky, Maris is a Paul Harris Fellow +5. DG Maris worked on both the 2015 and 2017 District 6600 Conference Committees, served as Sandusky Rotary Charitable Fund VP, and is a charter member of the Eastern Squadron of IYFR. In her year as President, Sandusky Rotary Club received a Presidential Citation, Club Builder Recognition, and, from Jennifer Jones and RI, the Significant Achievement Award.
Maris attended the 2014, 2017, & 2018 RI Conventions (Sydney, Atlanta, & Toronto), multiple District Assemblies, Grant Seminars, Zone 28 & 29 Institutes, All Ohio PETS, and as DGE, helped plan the 2017 ALL OH PETS in Columbus. She was one of 3 Assistant Governors who led 4 District 6600 President Councils in a Shared Donation of a Refrigerated Truck for Second Harvest of North Central Ohio. The Refrigerated Truck which has on its sides a list of each of the clubs who participated as well as on its rear panel, a large Rotary Brand, now delivers Fresh Food to over 62000 Northern Ohio residents each year. In 2016-2017, Maris served on the 100 Year Foundation Wine Committee and was Chair for the 100 Year Celebration Foundation Dinner.
It is difficult to determine which personal passions take precedent, but it is not uncommon to find Maris totally immersed in her many Fantasy Football Leagues each fall and finding any way to get her Old English Sheep Dog and Kitten to co-exist all year long. Maris has embraced RI President’s Theme “Be The Inspiration” and is committed to supporting our 2018-2019 Club Presidents and District Leaders in continuing to make a difference.