District 7450 Governor 2010-2011

Joan earned her Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies from Rowan College, NJ. She founded a public sector environmental studies center and the first environmental land use firm in South Jersey and was appointed to the New Jersey Pinelands Commission that was charged with protecting over 1.2 million environmentally sensitive acres in South Jersey. She then moved on to the National Park Service to manage planning for national parks and sites in 8 states.

Joan was delighted to be invited to join the Rotary Club of West Chester, PA (District 7450) in 1989 by Rotarian Bob Struble when she was recruited by Chester County to help their 76 municipalities establish recycling programs and write their 10 year waste management plan. She created award winning recycling education programs; regulated trash haulers; successfully defended court challenges to the county’s waste management regulations; and originated the “Green Business Award” among many other programs. She served as club Sergeant at Arms, Program Chair and Director. Joan greatly enjoyed her 10 year membership in the club and values the friends she met there.

She transferred to the Rotary Club of Philadelphia when Mayor Rendell appointed her as the City Recycling Coordinator. When Joan was Centennial President, her club hosted the Centennial Bell and invited all area clubs to a celebratory luncheon at the Union League attended by almost 450 Rotarians and guests.

She received the Governor’s Award in 2006; served on the District Rotaract Committee; as an Assistant Governor and liaison for District 7450 to the Rotary Water Resource Group.

Joan and her husband Joe have hosted 6 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholars and enjoy attending International Conventions and making up at other clubs when they travel. They are Paul Harris Fellows and members of the Bequest Society.

As District 7450 2010-2011Governor, Joan is looking forward to energizing district clubs and committees, increasing membership through district sponsored events and promoting a district wide Day of Service and PolioPlus initiative in which all clubs can participate.