Meet Dennis McMann District Governor
September 1, 2016
Dennis grew up in Groveton, New Hampshire. After his freshman year at the University of New Hampshire, he enlisted in the army. While in the service he continued his education at the University of Maryland. He received a B.S. in Business Administration from Granite State College. He worked in a number of companies as a software specialist.
He and his wife, Donna, have been married for 46 years and have two daughters, Heather and Karen both of whom are Paul Harris fellows who plan to join Rotary at some point. They both have satisfying careers in which they are in management positions.
Dennis joined Rotary after he had lived in a community for eight years where he focused on his work. Since he wanted to do something for his community, he was ready when a friend asked him to join Rotary. Dennis is a Past President and a Past Assistant Governor. He became District Governor because he wanted to see changes in Rotary.
Times have changed since Rotary was founded and Dennis feels that attendance should not be the metric by which a Rotarian is judged. Rather what they do for their communities should be the measure. Dennis would also like to see clubs have more flexibility in how they run their clubs. He sees corporate membership as one way to do this. As he points out, people's work has changed and they are working harder and longer hours and do not have the flexibility they once did. Dennis would like to see Rotary conferences become more affordable.
Another idea he has is for a Rotary Community Corps, a group of people who are not Rotarians, but who are available to work on Rotary projects. His focus is on flexibility and service.
When asked what he does for relaxation, Dennis said, "Rotary. It is just so much fun it doesn't seem like work. Donna is a great help in this. She is a great Rotarian even if she does not belong to a club."
Author: Sally Sugarman (Club Member & Windmill Editor)
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