District 7450 Governor 2010-2011
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