Daniel Bronson
District Governor 2000-2001

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      Dan has been a member of the Octorara Area Rotary Club since 1988. He became a Rotarian after his daughter was sponsored by the Octorara Club as a Rotary Ex-change Student. During her year in Poona, India, Dan was asked to join the club and quickly became an active member and leader. He was president of his club in 1989-90 and has served as a Director during most other years. Dan is a Paul Harris Fellow and a Guy Gundaker Fellow. He first served his club as a Gundaker director in 1990 and has served that Foundation for a total of eight years. For the last three years, the club was the leading per-member contributor to Gundaker.  He is currently Chairperson of that Foundation.

      Dan was the District Chairman of the Rotary Youth Exchange program for eight years and helped build the district program into one that is recognized as one of the finest in Rotary. He has also served for five years on the Executive Board of the Eastern States Student Exchange (ESSEX) and has served as country contact for the thirty-two Rotary districts in ESSEX to the countries of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia. Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay. As part of that responsibility, he has facilitated the first student exchanges with Colombia, Honduras, Paraguay, and Uruguay. In addition, Dan and his wife Carol, led a team of 19 high school students to the Ukraine and Russia in 1990 as one of the first Rotary programs to resume in those countries before the disintegration of the Soviet Union.

      Dan chaired the District 7450 Technology Committee and led the development of www.rotary7450.org.  He has also participates in the Matching Grants Subcommittee, the Group Study Exchange Subcommittee, Ambassadorial Scholar selection and training, the District 7450 Rotary Foundation Committee, and he currently chairs the Rotary Peace Scholar Committee in District 7450.  In 2000-1, he developed The Challenge 2000 to raise $200,000 for the programs of the Rotary Foundation and an additional $100,000 for Rotary's Polio Plus program to eradicate that crippling disease.

      Dan has been a speaker at Rotary clubs in more than twenty countries and participated in the leadership of Rotary groups traveling to Argentina, Colombia, France, Peru, Russia and the Ukraine. He has been a discussion leader at five of the Rotary International Conventions he has attended. Dan has participated and organized Rotary supported Medical Mission trips to Argentina, Colombia and Peru. He is the Rotaplast (cleft lip and palate surgery) representative for Eastern Pennsylvania and a member of the Rotaplast International Board of Directors and their coordinator for Argentina and Paraguay.

      Dan graduated from Olney High School in Philadelphia in 1963. After working and completing his military service in Korea, he attended West Chester University and received his bachelor degree in education with a concentration in English. Dan developed his career in the human resources field. He worked in all aspects of human resource, management and organization development.  Dan was manager of human resources for a division of Philips Electronics in Lancaster, PA from 1987 until September, 2000. At that time he established Red Rose Resources, a permanent placement employment agency focusing in high tech industries.  Dan has served on various community and industry advisory boards and was Chairman of the Board of the Lancaster Red Rose Credit Union for five years.  He has also held numerous leadership positions in his church, the Boy Scouts of America and the local school district.

      Dan and Carol have been married for thirty years. They reside just outside of Lancaster. Carol is serving the young people of the community as a reading teacher in the Octorara Area Intermediate School. She is also a graduate of West Chester University. Their daughter Melyni has been a Rotarian in the Octorara Club. After her year in India, she attended Grove City College and later taught English in Mexico. For the past several years, Melyni has been employed by the Vanguard Group in Malvern where she is an administrator and continues to serve as a presenter and advisor in English and Spanish throughout the US on retirement investment programs. Their daughter Allison was a Rotary Exchange student for a year in Quito, Ecuador and has lived for extended periods of time in both Argentina and Spain. She graduated from Millersville University in May, 1998 and is a Spanish teacher in the Lancaster School District. Carol, Melyni and Allison are all Guy Gundaker Fellows.
The focus of Dan's year as District Governor for Rotary in southeastern Pennsylvania includes:

  1. the use of modern technology for communication with Rotarians and the community,
  2. increasing public awareness of the contributions of Rotary clubs and individuals Rotarians to the local and world community, 
  3. increasing membership and emphasizing the importance of reflecting the diversity of our communities, and 
  4. using the projects and programs of The Rotary Foundation as a tool to promote the Rotarian belief in "Service Above Self". 

Dan Bronson presents the first Rotary theme banner for 2000-1 to his own Octorara Rotary Club

Dan Bronson and Carol with RI Pres-Elect Frank Devlyn and Gloria Rita

Dan signing Group Study Exchange Agreement with District 4800 in northwest Argentina (DG 2000-2001Raul Panighi)

Dan with RI Pres 1999-2000 Carlo Ravizza