Hodkinson Assumes District Governor Role on July 1, 2020

Hodkinson Assumes District Governor Role on July 1, 2020

Hodkinson said he’s been blessed in his life with many things and that’s why it’s his duty to give back and with Rotary.

Being a district governor wasn’t at the forefront of his plan, but [after a trip to] Honduras and the way Rotary was changing lives, it inspired him to give it a chance and he was unanimously voted to the position [in late 2017].

“I thought it would be a great honor to guide the district to do more things like (Honduras),” he said. “We just have so many great people in our district that are willing to give back and a former district governor told me to put my name in. That’s how Rotary works, you have to put your name in and your club must vote on whether they will support you as district governor. That doesn’t just mean that they think I will do a great job, but there’s a lot of travel, other expenses and the district and rotary pays for a lot of that and reimburses you, but the local club, like Tiffin, has to support the person not only from a manpower standpoint, but financially as well to offset some of the costs. Tiffin unanimously voted yes. That’s why it was so touching for me.”

The way Rotary works is usually looking outwards first and then inwards as far as seeing where the grants go. But with COVID-19 this year, the philosophy might change, Hodkinson said.

“We started putting things together last year, but obviously that’s all changed. I’m really taking this district through a period of time where there is no playbook,” he said. “I have clubs meeting virtually, some are thinking about meeting back together and some have already started doing that. We have clubs of about six people and then some with 450 like the Toledo area, so I have to help guide them through this time.

Nominations Requested for 2022-2023 District 6600 Governor

District 6600 is seeking applicants for our 2022-2023 District Governor. One of the most important decisions we make as a District is choosing our future leaders. We are seeking the most qualified person for the position of District Governor. If you have a demonstrated history of leadership and collaboration as a Rotarian and are willing to share your passion and talents as our District Governor, please seriously consider this opportunity.

A Governor Nominee must:

  1. Be a member in good standing of a Rotary Club in District 6600;
  2. Be a member of a club in District 6600 that has no indebtedness to RI or the District;
  3. Have served a full term as president of a Rotary Club;
  4. Demonstrate willingness, commitment and ability to full fill the duties and responsibilities of governor;

(Complete Duties of a Governor can be viewed at Rotary International Bylaws –article 16.030)

Applications can be submitted by US Mail or E-Mail any time prior to October 17, 2019. Please note that the form requires your club secretary to attest that the club is aware of and endorses your application. Please also include a cover letter stating why you are interested in serving as District Governor.

Please send the completed application (signed by the nominee and club secretary) and cover letter by October 17, 2019 to:

PDG Deb Cheney

7851 Moundview Court

Waterville, Ohio 43566

E-mail:  debcheneyrotary6600@gmail.com

Please direct any questions to Past District Governor Deb Cheney, Nominating Committee Chair, via e-mail to debcheneyrotary6600@gmail.com 

Receipt of your application will be acknowledged after October 24, 2019. If a receipt is not returned, please contact PDG Deb by email or at 419.306.8735. Nominees will be notified about the time of interviews tentatively scheduled for November 14, 2019.

 District Governor Nomination Form (Deadline October 17, 2019)