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DISTRICT GOVERNOR 2019-20

Gary Vaughan is married to Janet and they have been married for 47 years. They are blessed with two children and four grandchildren.

Gary has been responsible for the operation water/wastewater utilities for 25 years and has been an Environmental Consultant for 20 years.

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Gary has been a Rotarian for approximately 30 years, he is Paul Harris Fellow, as well as a member of the Paul Harris Society. He has been very active in District 6690 and has served 12 District Governors. He is currently serving as the District’s 6690 Chair of the International Service Committee and the Giving Chair.

Gary led a team to Kenya to work with the Rafiki Aids Orphanage and worked on a design and budget that resulting in a bore-hole (water well) for the Orphanage.

Gary, while serving 4 years with the Salvation Army medical brigade to Honduras recognized that most of the illness were water borne and the doctors were treating the symptom, not the root cause, polluted water. He has subsequently led two Rotary teams to Honduras addressing water/sanitation issues.

Gary serves as the Foundation Chair for the Short North Rotary Club. He was recognized by the Short North Rotary Club as Rotarian of the year 2006 – 2007 and was again recognized by his club with the Service Above Self award for 2008 – 2009, and was instrumental in the club becoming 100% PHF

Gary has traveled across the District promoting Matching Grants and raising awareness of the need for clean water and basic sanitation. He has encouraged clubs to partner together with other Districts on matching grant projects.

Gary has served as presenter at the annual Foundation seminar, the District Assembly and other District functions. He was one of the founding members of the Water and Sanitation Rotarian Action Group (WASRAG). He was awarded the “Citation For Meritorious Service” from The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, in April 2010.


DISTRICT GOVERNOR 2020-21

Steve Heiser became a member of Columbus Rotary in July 1998. At the Club level, he has chaired numerous committees, including Columbus Rotary’s Adopt-a-School, Vocational Services, Trade Fair, and Dictionary Project Committees, while also a member of the International and Public Image Committees. His Club has awarded him their Service Above Self Award for Vocational Service in 2006. He has attended three (3) RI Conventions (2005 in Chicago, 2013 in Lisbon, and 2017 in Atlanta) and has traveled to Nairobi, Kenya with other Columbus Rotarians to visit their Club’s project, Rafiki, an orphanage/village and school for children whose parents have AIDS. He was elected to the Columbus Rotary Board and began his Board service in July 2010 and was elected to the position of Vice President Nominee, putting him in the chairs to be President, in December of 2010, finally assuming the position of Club President in July 2013.

At the District level, he served on the District Membership committee for 5 years, from 2008 to 2012, chairing the committee during DG Calvin Gebhart’s and DG Brent Rosenthal’s years. During the 2009-2010 Rotary Year, he was honored to receive a Governor’s award from DG Ram Gawande for being the liaison from Columbus Rotary who oversaw the founding of the Clintonville Rotary Club. In 2016, he began serving as an Assistant Governor to four (4) Clubs in District 6690. Also, in Rotary Year 2016-17, he coordinated District 6690’s efforts to register their Rotarians for the 2017 Foundation Centennial Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, to coordinate their efforts to fill the room block of 100 rooms (which they were able to do), and to organize the District Event at the Convention. Currently, he is organizing the District Event for the 2018 Toronto RI Convention, with assistance from Assistant Governor Maryjane Shackelford. He is a member of the Paul Harris Society and an annual contributor to Polio Plus.

Steve graduated from Swarthmore College with a degree in Political Science, played collegiate baseball four (4) years, and has also received a Master’s in City and Regional Planning, a Master’s in Public Administration, both from The Ohio State University, and a law degree from Capital University Law School, then passing the Ohio State Bar Exam in 1979. Steve has served as President of SE, Inc., a community mental health center in Central Ohio, on the Columbus Realtors’ Board, and currently serves on the Board of the Columbus Jewish Foundation.

Professionally, he is a commercial real estate agent with SVN Wilson Commercial, LLC.

His wife, Karen, to whom he has been married 40 years, is the Vice President of Education at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus. Their eldest child, Bill, his wife Nora, and son, Marvin, live in Oakland, California; Ken, their next eldest, lives in Tokyo, Japan with his wife, Sofia, and their two sons, Lorenzo and Maxi; and their youngest, Blair, and her husband, Chris, reside in Brooklyn, NY and Bradley Beach, NJ.