JOHN F GERM 2016 - 17


John F Germ is board chair and chief executive officer of Campbell and Associates Inc., consulting engineers. He joined the firm as an engineer in 1965 after four years in the US Air Force. He serves on the boards of several organisations, including the board and executive committee of the Public Education Foundation and Orange Grove Centre Inc., and as board chair of Blood Assurance Inc. He also is founder and treasurer of the Chattanooga State Technical Community College Foundation and president of the Tennessee Jaycee Foundation.
He was Tennessee Young Man of the Year in 1970; Engineer of the Year, 1986; Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year, 1992; and Tennessee Community Organisations Volunteer of the Year, 2009. He is a recipient of the Boy Scouts Silver Beaver Award and the Arthritis Foundation Circle of Hope Award. In 2013, the White House Recognised him as a Champion of Change.
John joined Rotary in 1976 and has served Rotary as vice president, director, Foundation trustee and vice chair, aide to the Foundation trustee chair, chair of Rotary’s US$200 Million Challenge, RI Board Executive Committee member, RI president’s aide, Council on Legislation delegate and chair, membership zone coordinator, chair of numerous committees, area coordinator, RI training leader, and district governor.

John has received RI’s Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award. He and his wife, Judy, are Benefactors and members of the Arch Klumph Society of The Rotary Foundation. They have four children and six grandchildren.


Dear Fellow Rotarians,

I embarked on the road to Rotary in part because of my friend and mentor George Campbell, who taught me the importance of civic responsibility. After starting down that road, I encountered many other Rotarians walking the same path, who offered their help and made sure I kept moving in the right direction.

I am the person I am today because of Rotary. And to be a member of the Rotary family is to be a part of something much bigger than yourself. It means that you are part of a worldwide team; together, we have provided extraordinary service to the world.

We are closer than ever to achieving our promise of polio eradication. Through service projects, we have met the needs of local and global communities. We have developed strategic partnerships that allow us to work with like-minded organisations and achieve an even great impact.

Today our world is depending on us to do even more. Now is the time to capitalise on our success and to catapult Rotary forward to be an even greater force for good in the world. To do this, we must work together. Remember that today is the first day of the rest of your life, and how you spend it is up to you.

I know that, together, we can accomplish great things this year as we continue the tradition of Rotary Serving Humanity.



John F Germ

2016 - 17 President, Rotary International