District Governor Ted Johnson addresses club

Mel Sams, member of Dunedin North Rotary and  our Assistant District Governor,   introduced our District 6950 Governor, Edward “Ted” Russell Johnston.  Ted is married and has three children.  One of these is a chemical engineer with NASA at Cape Canaveral, one is pursuing an additional degree in nursing, and one is a junior at the University of Florida pursuing a biomedical engineering degree.  Ted is a state certified General Contractor,  president of Leisure Time Travel that specializes in Caribbean fishing trips, and is president of Edward Russell Johnston Realty.

Ted has been a Rotarian since 1981 and has been in leadership roles in Rotary for over 33 years.  He was instrumental in forming the Kings Bay Rotary Club’s 501 (c) 3 charitable foundation.  Ted told of his travels as a Rotarian and the conventions he had attended.  He recalled his childhood in Pinellas County and the changes that have occurred.

He related that Rotary has been changing also, noting that it is returning to its roots of networking with young professionals and he encouraged us to recruit more members who are young professionals.  He added that the classification concept for club membership is no longer adhered to and thus it should not be a hindrance to membership efforts.   He is a cheerleader for Rotary clubs and encouraged us to continue with our efforts at increasing membership.
Mel Sams2jpgMel Sams then took the floor and  presented President Baskin with an award for our club achieving 100% participation in Rotary Foundation contributions last year.  (content provided by Vicki Morgan)

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