Every successful Rotary district is comprised of strong people that are part of the district leadership team and it is no different in Rotary District 6980. This team includes the district governor, governor elect, and district governor nominee. These leaders along with past and future leaders that include assistant governors, district committee chairs, and past governors help our district thrive.
2016 – 2017
DAN SEMENZA – District Governor
Dan Semenza joined the Rotary Club of the Villages, June of 1997. He served as Club President 2001-2002. From the time he entered Rotary he chaired or was a member of every committee in the club and received the Avenues of Service Award in 2012. In 2013, he was awarded the Rotarian of the Year award.
At the District level, Dan served as an Assistant Governor for four years, chaired the Service Project Committee, was a member of both the District Foundation Committee, and Membership Committee. He graduated from the Rotary Leadership Institute in 2007 and became a discussion leader. He became the Director of the District Leadership Institute in 2013. In 2013, he became the District Rotary Foundation Chair having served as the Future Vision Chair the previous year. In October of 2013, Dan was selected as the District Governor Designate.
District Governor Dan Semenza taught elementary school for 25 years before moving to middle school to test the new computer science curriculum, which he chaired. While teaching, he received the Governor’s Recognition Award and was nominated for the Donald Quigg award by the United States Patent Office for Innovative Ways of Teaching Children. Between his active duty and reserve time, Dan spent thirty-five years in the military, reaching the rank of Command Sergeant Major. Dan is married to Past District Governor Jo Weber. Both Jo and Dan are Paul Harris Society Members, Bequest Society Members, and Major Donors.
District Governor Elect
JERRY MOBLEY – District Governor Elect
Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Jerry attended Georgia Southern University, where he received his degree in business management. He was also active in various campus organizations, serving two terms as President of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. After short stints as a banker, then tax assessor, Jerry spent the next thirty years with DuPont Pharmaceuticals/Bristol-Myers Squibb, receiving twenty-one sales achievement awards.
He retired in 2006. Very active in various community activities, he is serving on the boards of the Goldenrod Chamber of Commerce, Goldenrod Historical Society, and Project Esteem of Winter Park. Jerry was a member of the Primrose Center Board of Directors, serving as Vice Chairman, and served on the steering Committee for the American Diabetes Association StepOut walk for Diabetes. He also served as the Cedar Ridge subdivision liaison to the Seminole County Commission. Jerry served three years as a non-Bar Association member of the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee. He is a member of Willow Creek Presbyterian Church, serving as Deacon and Usher. His home Rotary club is Orange County East-Winter Park, where he joined in 1985 and served in several leadership positions.
He has been awarded the Rising Rooster for the OCE-WP Foundation. Jerry has served the district as sergeant-at-arms, conference committee, nominating committee, Family of Rotary Chairman, secretary of the RYLA committee, and two years as Assistant District Governor. He is a Paul Harris Fellow and sustaining member. Jerry is married to Bonnie and they have four daughters, two grandsons, and three grand-daughters. He enjoys golf, watching all sports, and reading.
Ron Janssen – District Governor Nominee
Ron Janssen joined the Lake Buena Vista Friday Rotary club in 1991. A year later he was awarded the Rotarian of the year. He served as a Director, then Secretary and in 1994-95, President. During his year as President he directed the club’s name change and move to Celebration. Ron was asked to stay on as Celebration’s first President in 1995-96. The following year, Ron was in the midst of forming a new club in Hunter’s Creek when the District Governor asked him to consider merging that club with the then ailing Orlando South Club. Ron agreed and served first as a director then President of Orlando South club. In 2003 Ron and his wife Sue were jointly awarded the Service above Self Award. Ron accepted his first District Level position in 2011, where he served first, for 2 years as a District Service chair, then for three years as an Assistant Governor. He currently serves on the District Finance Committee, the District SOP Committee, and was a RYLA Group Leader.
He is a Rotary Leadership Institute Graduate. He and his wife have hosted Homestay and several GSE team members. In 2013-14 he received the District Spirit of Rotary Above and Beyond Award. Ron was selected as the District Governor Designate in December 2015. Outside of Rotary, Ron began his career at the Eastman Kodak Company after graduating with honors from Purdue University. While at Kodak, he was sent to an Executive Graduate Program at Syracuse University. In 1990, after 20 years he left Kodak as the World Wide Director of Marketing, Consumer film and moved to Orlando where for the next 15 years owned and operated restaurants. During that time, he served on the Board of Directors, then the Board of Governors for the Greater Orlando Chamber of Commerce.
He and his wife also received the Orange County Partners in Education award for the Outstanding Small Business in 1994 and again in 1995 for the Outstanding Consumer Award for an innovative program for fifth graders that went on to receive national attention. Ron currently sits on the board of Noah’s Light Foundation and is founder in A-P Cure LLC. He has been married to his wife, Sue, a true partner in everything he has done, for 42 years.
Ron is a multiple Paul Harris Award recipient, and a member of the Bequest Society.
District Governor 2015 – 2016
Rotary International District 6980
AJ RANGE – District Governor 2015 – 2016
Greetings District Rotarians of 6980! On behalf of Rotary International President K. R. “Ravi” Ravindran, 2015-2016, I extend a cordial welcome and express our gratitude to each of you for your continued display of dedicated service to Rotary! Hip, hip, …!! Hip, hip, …!! Hip, hip, …!! I appreciate and am thankful for this opportunity to serve and lead you during 2015-2016 Rotary year.
I wish to commend and congratulate PDG Jo Weber and her District Leadership Team, for such an outstanding year!! Hip, hip,…!! Hip, hip,…!! Hip, hip…!! As she transitions to assume the role of District Foundation Chair, I am thankful to continue to work with her and know that our foundation work is in great hands!!! Our theme is: Be a gift to the world! It is a thoughtful and appropriate theme for Rotary and for Rotarians all over the world.
Our 2015-2016 theme is deeply imbedded in and sincerely connected to President Ravi’s Hindu faith, which emphasizes and focuses upon sincere service by giving of one’s self, talents, gifts, and resources to uplift, enhance, encourage, strengthen, and aid others! Thus, we are challenged by this theme; it is a call to action, a directive of service, an order to follow, a course to lay down, and a quest to pursue! So, my fellow Rotarians, I invite you to join me, during this exciting Rotary year, in order that we may begin this noble, sacred, honored journey together. Time is short; it is fleeting already. In fact, it is a precious gift in and of itself; it is ticking away. We have just one year to respond; to act, to serve, and to meet this challenge.
This is our time; know that it will not come again. Our opportunity is now; grasp it, so that we can operationalize our theme: Be a gift to the world! I have faith that you are all up to this challenge! Hip, hip,…! Hip, hip,…! Hip, hip, …!!! Thank you for your commitment and support!!
Our district provides a number of Rotary International led programs focusing on the youth in our district. The programs are meant to help increase leadership skills, gain world understanding, and make lifelong friendships—all while making a real difference in your community.
Youth Exchange provides thousands of young individuals the opportunity to meet people from other countries and experience their cultures. The program is open to young people ages 15-25 years old. Participants spend up to a year living with host families and attending school in a different country. The program offers many benefits to participants including first-hand knowledge about another country’s culture and educational system.
- Youth Exchange
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Group Study Programs
The Rotary Foundation’s Group Study Exchange (GSE) program is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for business people and professionals between the ages of 25 and 40 who are in the early stages of their careers. The program provides travel grants for teams to exchange visits in paired areas of different countries.
For four to six weeks, team members experience the host country’s culture and institutions, observe how their vocations are practiced abroad, develop personal and professional relationships, and exchange ideas.
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