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International President

Darin Hartman

Cornbelt Federation, Council Bluffs Club - Council Bluffs, IA
 
Darin joined Cosmopolitan International in May of 2015.  He saw a flyer for a upcoming Cosmo Fundraising evert and saw that is was a Diabetic Fundraising Club.  Darin has been a Type 1 Diabetic since he was a young child.  Since joining Cosmopolitan International, Darin has held the positions of Vice-President  and President at the club level and Governor –Elect and Governor at the Federation level.  With his new position as Vice-President of Marketing and Fundraising, Darin is afforded the opportunity to do what he likes best.  Spreading the word about Cosmo, and helping fight s disease that has hit very close to home for him.
 
Darin has been a Type 1 Diabetic since kindergarten, and has seen many advancements in resources available to Diabetics.  Beside himself, Darin’s dad, niece, grandmother and cousin have all fought Diabetes.  His mother has often told him that being the parent of a T1D is the hardest job she has ever had.
 
Darin’s professional career has led him through careers that have coincided with Diabetes.  From retail pharmacy, insurance agent, and a recruiter/trainer for Senior Sales in the Medicare field, Darin has never lost touch with the effects of Diabetes through all ages and types of Diabetes.  Darin has a wealth of knowledge in Healthcare, Marketing, Fundraising, and networking.  He seems to know someone in every field.

 

 

President Elect

Randy Wright

Capital Federation, Norfolk Club - Norfolk, VA
 

I am a lifelong resident in the City of Norfolk born at Norfolk General 1946
Graduated from Norview High School in 1964 my first job was as an
Apprentice at Gatling Business Forms I was the first Printing Apprentice to
sign up in a new program started by the State. One of the stipulations was to
attend night school for 5 years 2 nights a week. In today’s world an associates
degree. Focused on Journalism and Mathematics.


In 1978 I became President of my Civic league and became involved in my
community and City. In 1980 I was the recipient of the Outstanding Young
Man Award from Norfolk Jaycees. In 1981 I was appointed to Norfolk City
Planning Commission by Mayor Vincent J. Thomas. In 1984 I went in business
for myself Purchasing Atlantic Printing. In 1988 I was appointed by Gov.
Baliles to the State Board of Commerce of which I chaired for 2 years 1992-93
In 1992 I was elected to Norfolk City Council was most proud to be the first
Norview High graduate elected in history of the City.


In 1995 I was appointed to the Tidewater Regional Transit in 1999 was one of
2 members from TRT and 2 from Pentran to pursue the possibility of a merger
serving as the primary point person we succeeded in that we were the first
Agreeable merger in the history of our Nation. I was honored by the
Virginia Transit Authority with it’s Award for Outstanding contribution
by and an Individual for which 5 years later received the same award for
bringing Light Rail to Norfolk. Other awards Virginia Chapter of the
American Planning Association for my instrumental role in the Development
of East Beach which received the first Traditional Neighborhood Design, the
national award-winning community. I also served 6 years on the State Board of
Corrections for 7 years appointed by Gov. Mark Warner. In 2008 The
Tidewater Builders Association presented with its prestigious Stanley Award
as well. In 2007 I was elected Chair of National Transit Board Members
across North America. I served in that capacity as the first ever chair from
Virginia and only one to serve 3 years. It also gave me a seat on UITP (United
International Transportation Public) for 2 years. It was an extraordinary
opportunity. I became a member of Norfolk Cosmo club some 20 years ago.
Decided to become active in 2011 became President in 2013 and Cap Fed
Governor in 2015-16 our club has exploded since 2013 we went from a
membership of 18 to 53 prior to the pandemic currently serving as Governor of
Cap Fed for a 2ndtime.

 

In 2012 I was so honored to be Norfolk’s Downtowner of the Year it was the
first time it was named in honor of Peter G. Decker Jr. who did so much to

help the City he loved. I truly treasure that title.


In 2018 I was appointed Deputy Director of the Virginia Lottery and served for
4 years. Am currently doing some consulting work. In the course of my journey
I have served on some 32 different local boards. Love my City.

 

Vice President of Finance

Keith Shepherd

Email: VP-Finance@Cosmopolitan.org

Western Canada Federation - Wascana Club - Regina, SK
 
Keith Shepherd joined Cosmopolitan International as a member of the Regina Capital Cosmopolitan Club on September 18, 1983 and is also a charter member of the Wascana Cosmopolitan Club April 18, 1995.  He has served Cosmopolitan actively since joining the organization by holding various positions at the club, federation and the Cosmopolitan Diabetes Foundation of Canada Inc. (CFC) and now at the International level, having been elected as Vice President for Finance at the 100th Annual Cosmopolitan International Convention in Kansas City, MO. July 28, 2018.
 
Keith has worked for Dudley & Company LLP, Chartered Professional Accountants since October 1975.  His work load varies during the year providing public tax and accounting services to individuals, corporations and not-for-profit organizations.  With Keith’s background it is no surprise that he has held positions as club, federation and CFC treasurer.  He has been club president on several occasions (international distinguished club president 2013/2014) and was WCF Governor 2014/2015.
 
He has attended most all WCF conventions and numerous International Conventions over this time.  He enjoys golfing, curling, fishing and hiking. He has attended approximately 17 annual Cosmopolitan fishing trips to northern Saskatchewan where they have had Cosmopolitan attendees from as far away as Austin, Texas.
 
Keith has been married to fellow Cosmo Karen Shepherd, current secretary of WCF, for 40 years and has three children; Christine (current WCF Governor Elect), Ryan and Raymond (Nicole) and two grandchildren (Cali and Lincoln).

 

 

Vice President of Marketing and Fundraising

Chris Sherman

MidStates Federation - Rockford Club - Rockford, IL
 
 

Vice President of Membership

Tim Dollens

MoKan Federation - Columbia Luncheon Club - Columbia, MO
 
As your newly elected Vice President of Membership I would first like to thank the Cosmopolitan International Organization for allowing me to serve on such a historic and prestigious organization.  I have been a Cosmopolitan in my own community for nine years in the Columbia Luncheon Club and two years in the Columbia Breakfast Club.  In those nine years, I have served as board member, secretary, President Elect and President and Past President of the Luncheon Club.  I have had perfect attendance for over eight of those years and have been an active member in both.  I have served as the Governor of the Mo-Kan Federation as well.  My commitment is to fighting diabetes.  As a pre-diabetic myself who works hard to walk to keep my A1C in a normal range, I have seen first hand what type 2 diabetes can do to a family. 
 
My main goal for this term is to help the members we have become better informed members of our organization but also to let them know that it is FUN to be a COSMO and their friends will want to join because they are having so much fun but WORKING for a GOOD Cause.  I hope to be in more contact with local diabetic organizations as well as the American Kidney Foundation.  I firmly believe that we should strive to TEAM up with another organization to make ourselves more known.  MY HOPE is that ONE DAY a member of our organization will be sitting in a studio during World Diabetes Day in November and people will find out about who we are and how we can help diabetics get a dog or learn more where they too can volunteer in such a great organization.
 
I hope we can be ALL ABOARD to help Darin, our President meet that goal.
 
 

Judge Advocate

Jeremy Bridge

Midstates Federation - Rockford Club - Rockford, IL
 
Jeremy has been a Cosmopolitan since 2011 as a member of the Rockford Club.  Shortly after being diagnosed with Diabetes himself, Jeremy was approached to consider taking over as Judge Advocate. Jeremy decided that this was the time to become more involved with Cosmopolitan.
 
Jeremy R. Bridge is a shareholder and registered patent attorney in Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren’s Intellectual Property Practice where he provides legal services to business clients ranging from individuals to Fortune 100 companies. His background in mechanical engineering allows him to understand the special intellectual needs and challenges of his clients who are involved in the production of consumer and industrial products.
With over a decade of legal experience, Jeremy possesses the knowledge and skill to assist clients as they navigate the complexities associated with intellectual property matters. His background in mechanical engineering allows Jeremy to understand the technical aspects of complex products and methods in order to offer legal counsel that appreciates both the technical side as well as the legal sides of any issue. Clients appreciate his two-sided perspective, approachable nature, and practical approach to negotiations, but most of all: they appreciate his unwavering commitment to understanding and focusing on his client’s goals.
 
Jeremy’s practice as a patent attorney has him assisting his clients in understanding and navigating the often confusing and convoluted rules related to obtaining and enforcing patents.  It is his ability to interpret and explain these confusing and convoluted rules that will assist him in fulfilling his duties as Judge Advocate.  
 
Jeremy was a prior board member for the Winnebago County Bar Association as well as a prior board member for Habitat for Humanity of Boone County.
 
Bar/Court Admissions:
Illinois
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office