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President Germ looks back on a productive year

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As another Rotary year draws to a close, 2016-17 Rotary President John F. Germ and his wife, Judy, reflect on the time they’ve spent meeting members around the world and representing Rotary on the world stage. The Germs notably kept their bags packed when at their Chattanooga, Tenn., home, ready to take off on a moment’s notice to serve the organization. Germ’s fundraising skill and ability to build consensus with ease were helpful assets during his term serving Rotary at the highest level. We take a look back at the Germs’ incredible year. 

Germ at a service project in Trelawny, Jamaica, with 21 district governors of Zones 33 and 34. 

John and Judy make the “This Close” symbol to promote polio eradication in Detroit.

Germ and his aide Ron Beaubien share a moment on their way to the International Dinner Dance at the assembly.

Past RI General Secretary Ed Futa and Germ congratulate South African Rotarian Annemarie Mostert for her commitment to responsible business practices at Rotary Day at the United Nations in New York City. 

Germ greets Roberto Barroso Filho in Brazil. 

It’s Rotary tradition to take part in the annual Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif. 

Bill Gates will speak at the RI Convention in Atlanta this month at Germ’s invitation. 

Born without legs but with a belief anything is possible, aerialist Jennifer Bricker amazed the crowd at the International Assembly.

With Kyle Hauth and Tera Roberts at the John F. Germ Recycling Center in Chattanooga, which hires adults with disabilities to sort items. 

From left: PDG Jamil Mouawad of Lebanon, past RI Director Şafak Alpay of Turkey, Germ, and late PDG Mustafa Nasereddin of Jordan. 

John and Judy hope to see you at the 2017 convention in Atlanta.

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