We are delighted to announce that our esteemed District Governor, John Curtis, will be serving as the speaker for our upcoming meeting. It is a privilege to have him address the club, and we are eagerly looking forward to his insightful remarks. He will be joined by our Assistant Governor Mike Bell.

During the meeting, District Governor Curtis expressed his desire for the club to engage in a meaningful service project. In line with his recommendation, we will be organizing a Hygiene Kit Packing activity. This initiative aims to support the Streetside Shower organization in its noble mission of providing individuals in need with access to hot showers in their mobile bathrooms. To learn more about their inspiring work, you can visit their website at https://cw33.com/2018/06/05/morning-hope-chance-encounter-inspires-north-texas-man-to-bring-showers-to-homeless/.

This service project presents a valuable opportunity for us to contribute to the welfare of our community and make a tangible difference in the lives of those facing hardships. By actively participating in the Hygiene Kit Packing activity, we can extend a helping hand to those in need and foster a spirit of compassion within our club.

We encourage all members to come prepared to engage in this worthwhile endeavor and join us in creating a positive impact. Let us embrace this opportunity to embody the true essence of service and make this meeting a memorable one.

John was born and raised in New Jersey. He attended Cornell University where he earned his
Batchelor and Master’s Degrees in Civil Engineering. With his wife Janie and their infant
daughter, they traveled to California and John began a career of bridge building. His first project
was the San Diego Coronado Bridge, where he finished the project as Resident Engineer. He
later worked on bridge projects throughout California and several bridges in Canada, Brazil,
China, and many states in the US. He later earned a Master’s in Public Administration at Cal
John also spent a portion of his career in England working for oil companies to install their oil
platforms in the North Sea.
John held several engineering management positions which involved land development,
housing construction, golf course construction and ultimately, City Engineering and Public
Works Directorships in California cities.
John became a Rotarian during that time and after holding several positions on its board,
became President of the La Quinta Rotary. Because of their experience and interest in Youth
Exchange, John and Janie, now a Rotarian too, were appointed District Youth Exchange Co-
A move to a new city meant joining a local Rotary Club and again a job-related move led to a
new club and soon, chartering a new Rotary Club. John became the Los Gatos Morning Rotary
Club’s second President, during Rotary’s Centennial year. During this exciting time John saw
the club double in size and become the District’s medium sized Club of the year.
John and Janie retired to Texas to be closer to their young grandson and John joined the
Rockwall Rotary Club. He held board positions and became District co leader for Interact. That
eventually led to becoming District Youth Services Director, an Assistant Governor and DDF
Director, all positions that helped John better understand the ways and means of Rotary. John
and Janie attended an international outreach program to Nicaragua and delivered books to
schools in Jamaica during the service part of the District Conference Cruise to the Caribbean.
Additionally, John held leadership positions on Boards in the City of Heath, the Boys and Girls
Club, Church Vestry and mens groups, the local HOA and in housing development.
After joining Rotary thirty-five years ago to meet friends and improve business connections,
John has made Rotary service an important aspect of his life. As Major Donors, John and Janie
see the goals of Rotary as their goals too and hope for success in all areas of Rotary. It is very
exciting to focus on President Gordon’s call to ‘Create Hope in the World’.
Together we can make a difference!