Virpi and Matti Honkala
Virpi worked as head of surgery in Raahe District Hospital / Raahe health Area until her retirement in 2014 and as Medical Director of the hospital during 1989-2010. She was a founding member of WHO network Health Promoting Hospitals and Services in Finland and served as Chair and national Coordinator as well as international Board member. She has been given an honorary title by the President of Finland in 2015.
Member of Raahe RC since 2001 Virpi served as District Governor D 1400 2009-10 and DRFC 2011-13. She is Rotary Leadership Institute Trainer since 2012 and Friendship Exchange and Fellowship Committee Chair since 2010. Virpi served as Chair of the Board of Finlands Rotary (all 6 districts in Finland) 2012-13. She is D 1400 CoL representative 2014-19.
Virpi has also served as RI president´s representative, GETS trainer 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, International Assembly Training Leader 2016 and 2017 and as Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator of Zone 15 2013-16. She has served as Atlanta Promotion Coordinator for Zones 15 & 16.
Virpi is married to Matti, chief of internal medicine in Raahe District Hospital/ Raahe health Area until his retirement in 2016. He is a member of Pietari Brahe RC, DG D 1400 2001-02, DRFC 2006-2011, D1400 CoL representative 2010-2014, GSE group team leader, Z 15 Rotary Coordinator 2010-12, Z 15 Endowment/Major Gifts Adviser 2014-2017 and International Assembly Training Leader for partners 2016 and 2017. He is Rotary Leadership Institute Trainer since 2012 and currently District Trainer, TRF Endowment/Major Gifts Committee member as well as National Polio Advocacy Adviser for Finland.
Virpi and Matti have been awarded Citation for Meritorious Service by TRF. Matti has also been awarded Regional Service Award for a Polio-Free World and Rotary International Service Above Self Award. They are Major Donors and members of Bequest Society.