Local civic leader John Germ selected as President of Rotary International for 2016-2017
By WRCB Staff
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -
Longtime Chattanooga civic leader John Germ has been selected to serve as President of Rotary International for 2016-2017.
Germ is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and is Chairman of the Board of Campbell & Associates, Inc., consulting engineers.
He's been a member of the downtown Rotary Club since 1976 and has served in numerous leadership roles including President of the Downtown Club from 1993-1994; District Governor from 1996-1997; and, International Assembly Training Leader from 2000-2001. He was an incorporator of Blood Assurance and currently serves as Chairman of the Board. In addition, he was an incorporator of the Public Education Foundation. He currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board.
Germ was honored by President Barack Obama in 2013 as one of 12 Rotary international “Champions of Change”. He is an active member of the Chattanooga community, serving as past President of the Boards of the Chamber of Commerce, Junior Achievement Boy Scouts, and Campaign Chairman of the United Way. He has also served as President of the Tennessee Jaycees and was honored with the Boy Scouts of America Silver Beaver Award.
He has been instrumental in work at Orange Grove Center with the Recycling Center named in his honor, and is currently working with community volunteers in raising funds to build Chattanooga's Miracle Fields, which provides softball and recreation fields that are accessible to individuals of all abilities.
Chattanooga Rotary President Fred Decosimo said, “This is a huge honor not only for the Rotary Club of Chattanooga, but also for our City. We are proud of our native son and know he will make an outstanding President of Rotary International. We look forward to supporting him in the important work ahead.
Germ will be honored on Thursday, November 13 from 5-7 pm by the Club at a reception in his honor at the IMAX Theater in downtown Chattanooga.