27 January 2014 — Official Visit of District Governor Doug Baker









This week’s program shares the video from our monthly Fourth Sunday gathering on Sunday, 26 January, 2014, when we enjoyed the Official Visit of District Governor Doug Baker for our Rotary International District 5280.

What’s that you say?  What’s a District Governor and why is he or she visiting?

Here’s the explanation from Past Rotary International President Cliff Dochterman, taken from his marvelous book “The ABCs of Rotary.”

“The district governor performs a very significant function in the world of Rotary.  He or she is the single officer of Rotary International in the geographic area called a district.  The district governors, who have been extensively trained at the International Assembly and regionally at the governors-elect training seminar, provide guidance and leadership to the Rotary clubs of the world.  They are responsible for maintaining the high performance of the clubs of their district.

“The district governor is a very experienced Rotarian who generously volunteers more than a year to leading the district; has a wealth of knowledge about current Rotary programs, purposes, policies, and goals; and is a person of recognized high standing in his or her profession, community, and Rotary club.  The governor makes at least one official visit to each club in the district.  The governor must supervise the organization of new clubs and strengthen existing ones.  He or she performs a host of specific duties to ensure that the quality of Rotary does not falter in the district and is responsible for promoting and implementing all programs and activities of the RI president and Board of Directors.  The governor plans and directs training for incoming district officers and also oversees the organization of the district conference and other special events.”

OK, so now you know what a District Governor is.

What’s that you say?  What’s a Doug Baker?

“Doug Baker joined the Downey Club in 1989 and was their Centennial President. During that year the Club was awarded numerous distinctions, achieved 100% Paul Harris status and the large Club of Excellence Award.

“His service to District 5280 includes Senior Assistant Governor for Membership (2006-07), and Senior Assistant Governor for Foundation (2007-08) when as part a dynamic team the District ranked number one in the US for annual unrestricted giving for the year and sixth worldwide.  He also served as the District Breakfast Chair. In 2008-2009 Doug served as the Executive Aide for District Governor Charles Anderson, is the current Chairperson for the Paul Harris Society and, of course, also served as District Governor for the 2010-2011 year.

“He is a Southern California native, born raised and educated all within a 25-mile area! Doug is the Managing Principal for Silversage Advisors, an Investment Advisory and Management firm with offices in Seal Beach and Irvine.

“Currently living in Seal Beach he and his bride, Connie, enjoy tennis, reading, travel and the company of friends. His most meaningful Rotary moment was the 96 hours they and their daughter, Kelly, spent in El Salvador during a wheelchair distribution event. It underscored that indeed we enhance our own lives by making a difference to others, either next door or in another country, one person to another.

“Doug is proud to serve again as District Governor as we all Engage Rotary, Change Lives.  Please welcome District Governor Doug Baker.”

…and enjoy the video of his engaging, humorous, and motivating conversation with us.


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The opinions expressed by guest speakers are those of the speaker(s) and not necessarily of the Rotary E-Club of The Greater San Fernando Valley or its members. No endorsement is implied. Programs are presented for informational purposes only.


5 responses to 27 January 2014 — Official Visit of District Governor Doug Baker

  1. So nice for Governor Doug Baker to visit the e-Club.

  2. It was so nice to hear from DG Doug and meet members of his staff. A great e-club meeting yesterday!

  3. Great day with everyone, and had fun with our DG Doug !

  4. It was great to meet DG Doug Baker, and hear his take on E-Clubs. My wife and I both enjoyed the Sunday afternoon with our Rotary family.

  5. I was happy to hear Doug encourage us to publicize how well the eclub format is working for us. Expanding eclub opportunities such as ours should help Rotary attract members who are unable or unwilling to participate in the traditional weekly meeting arrangement.

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