Speakers Corner September 2020

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Speaker’s Corner!

We were excit¬≠ed to get to know three of our mem¬≠bers a lit¬≠tle bit bet¬≠ter. Our Eye of the Tiger e‚ÄĎclub has many accom¬≠plished leaders.

As I write this, Greg Beard is just a few days away from com¬≠plet¬≠ing his term as Kiwa¬≠nis Inter¬≠na¬≠tion¬≠al Trustee from the great Louisiana Mis¬≠sis¬≠sip¬≠pi Ten¬≠nessee Dis¬≠trict. Since his elec¬≠tion at the KI con¬≠ven¬≠tion in Paris, as Greg put it, ‚ÄúThese past three years on the Inter¬≠na¬≠tion¬≠al Board have flown by.‚ÄĚ Greg con¬≠tin¬≠ues as a mem¬≠ber of the Kiwa¬≠nis Club of Alexan¬≠dria, Louisiana, a club he joined in 1995.

IT Greg‚Äôs pro¬≠fes¬≠sion¬≠al life began after grad¬≠u¬≠at¬≠ing from law school in Baton Rouge to now being acclaimed to six more years as a Louisiana Dis¬≠trict Court Judge. He and his wife Lisa, a retired spe¬≠cial edu¬≠ca¬≠tion pre-school teacher and son Tyler look for¬≠ward to con¬≠tin¬≠u¬≠ing to serve those in need.

The Gov¬≠er¬≠nor for Flori¬≠da, 2019/2020, Allen Yer¬≠govich was jug¬≠gling two events dur¬≠ing our club meet¬≠ing but he was able to join us.

Gov¬≠er¬≠nor Allen has been a Kiwan¬≠ian for over 30 years. His ded¬≠i¬≠ca¬≠tion to vol¬≠un¬≠teer¬≠ing and help¬≠ing oth¬≠ers is well known. What we did¬≠n‚Äôt know, how¬≠ev¬≠er, was that Allen owned and oper¬≠at¬≠ed a char¬≠ter boat rental and fish¬≠ing excur¬≠sion business. 

When asked what was Allen‚Äôs moti¬≠va¬≠tion to run for Gov¬≠er¬≠nor of the sun¬≠ny Flori¬≠da Dis¬≠trict, Allen relat¬≠ed to us that PIT Chuck Gugli¬≠uz¬≠za was respon¬≠si¬≠ble. They went sail¬≠ing off the Tam¬≠pa coast, that was not to include any Kiwa¬≠nis shop talk but once docked, Allen was run¬≠ning. A fish tale indeed! 

Along with his first mate Roger, Allen looks for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to make a difference.

It is hard to imag­ine what is going through Past Inter­na­tion­al Pres­i­dent Jim Rochford’s mind as he fin­ish­es his eighth year on the Inter­na­tion­al Board. Jim did not waste those years as he made an enor­mous impact on the way we build new clubs. Thank­ful­ly, he has trained so many oth­ers along the way as well. Five hun­dred new Kiwa­nis clubs have the Rochford touch.

From Key Club Advi¬≠sor to coach¬≠ing bas¬≠ket¬≠ball to being the Gov¬≠er¬≠nor of the Illi¬≠nois-East¬≠ern Iowa Dis¬≠trict, there isn‚Äôt much Jim has¬≠n‚Äôt done to help young peo¬≠ple. Jim was excit¬≠ed that his own son has joined him in his crim¬≠i¬≠nal law prac¬≠tice under the watch¬≠ful eye of office man¬≠ag¬≠er and wife, Debra. 

We all know that Jim‚Äôs career of mak¬≠ing a dif¬≠fer¬≠ence for oth¬≠ers is far from over as is his pen¬≠chant for laugh¬≠ing at his own ‚Äúpuny jokes‚Ä̂Ķ The jury is still out on that.

Thank you to all three speak¬≠ers at today‚Äôs meet¬≠ing for giv¬≠ing us a glimpse into your lives.


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