Rotary’s founder, Paul Harris, believed that serving humanity is “the most worthwhile thing a person can do,” RI President-elect John F. Germ said, and that being a part of Rotary is a “great opportunity” to make that happen.
Germ unveiled the 2016-17 presidential theme, Rotary Serving Humanity, to incoming district governors on 18 January at the International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.
“I believe everyone recognizes the opportunity to serve Rotary for what it truly is: not a small opportunity, but a great one; an opportunity of a lifetime to change the world for the better, forever through Rotary’s service to humanity,” said Germ.
Rotary members around the globe are serving humanity by providing clean water to underdeveloped communities, promoting peace in conflict areas, and strengthening communities through basic education and literacy. But none more important than our work to eradicate polio worldwide, he said.
After a historic year in which transmission of the wild poliovirus was stopped in Nigeria and all of Africa, Germ said we are closer than ever to ending polio.
John F. Germ is board chair and chief executive officer of Campbell and Associates Inc., consulting engineers. He joined the firm as an engineer in 1965 after four years in the U.S. Air Force. He serves on the boards of several organizations, including the Public Education Foundation, Orange Grove Center Inc., and Blood Assurance Inc. He also is founder and treasurer of the Chattanooga State Technical Community College Foundation and president of the Tennessee Jaycee Foundation.
Germ joined Rotary in 1976 and has served as RI vice president, director, Foundation trustee and vice chair, aide to the Foundation trustee chair, chair of Rotary’s US$200 Million Challenge, RI Board Executive Committee member, RI president’s aide, membership zone coordinator, committee member and chair, task force zone and area coordinator, RI training leader, and district governor.
Germ is a recipient of RI’s Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award. He and his wife, Judy, are members of the Arch Klumph Society.
Doug joined the Downey Club in 1989 and was their Centennial President. During that year the Club was awarded numerous distinctions, achieved 100% Paul Harris status and the large Club of Excellence Award.
His service to District 5280 includes SAG-Membership (2006-07) the SAG-Foundation (2007-08) when as part a dynamic team the District ranked number one in the US for annual unrestricted giving for the year and sixth worldwide. He also served as the District Breakfast Chair. In 2008-2009 Doug served as the Executive Aide for District Governor Charles Anderson. He has served as Chairperson for the Paul Harris Society and of course, also served as District Governor for the 2010-2011 and 2013-2014 years. Last year he received the Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service.
He is a Southern California native, born raised and educated all within a 25 mile area! Doug is the Managing Principal for Silversage Advisors, an Investment Advisory and Management firm with offices in Seal Beach and Irvine.
Currently living in Seal Beach he and his bride, Connie, enjoy tennis, reading, travel and the company of friends. His most meaningful Rotary moment was the 96 hours they and their daughter, Kelly spent in El Salvador during a wheelchair distribution event. It underscored that indeed we enhance our own lives by making a difference to others, either next door or in another country, one person to another.
|District||Date & Time
|5280||December 3, 2016
|LAX Marriott Hotel
5855 West Century Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90045