Rex Engle has assumed the volunteer post of Rotary International district governor for 2014-2015.
Engle, of Amherst, coordinates the community and international service projects of the 62 Rotary clubs in the Northwest and West Central corner of Ohio, including Amherst, Oberlin, and Wellington.
He assumed office July 1 and will serve through June 30, 2015. A member of the Rotary club of Oberlin for 24 years, Engle will also be responsible for organizing new Rotary clubs and strengthening existing ones.
During an installation ceremony at the Oberlin Inn on June 27, he said his main goals for the coming year are to grow membership, promote service projects, and connect clubs across the district.
“As local leaders and volunteers, Rotarians can help find community solutions to local needs,” he said. “Through our diverse membership and passion to make a difference, Rotarians are changing their communities, one project at a time.”
Area Rotary clubs are involved in many local and international service activities. Rotary District 6600, for example, raised more than $150,000 last year that provided 750,000 immunizations against polio, a crippling disease that affects children in impoverished countries.
Engle is very community-minded and involved, serving on the Amherst board of education, as president of the Lorain County Joint Vocational School board, and as president of Visit Lorain County board.
In addition, he is the past president of the Oberlin Chamber of Commerce and Main Street and an alumnus of Leadership Lorain County.
He holds a business degree from Ashland University and has been employed in the hospitality business for more than 30 years. Engle joined the Oberlin Inn in 1986 and is the general manager.
He is also an adjunct professor for the Ashland University Outreach Program.