Facilitators

Savi Bhim

Ms. Bhim is the owner of BVI Apparel USA, an embroidery and printing company located in Simi Valley, California. She was also a teacher for many years and it remains one of her most rewarding profession Savi has been a member of the Rotary Club of Simi Sunrise since 2004 and serves wherever she is needed. In 2013-14 she was the club’s president. Through her club, she traveled to South Africa where she worked with the local club on an AIDS clinic and she was instrumental in a wheel chair distribution project in Guyana, South America Savi has also served her Rotary District 5240 in various areas including membership advisor, assistant governor, chief of staff, district trainer and PETS facilitator. She is currently the District Governor Nominee. Savi’s favorite ‘hang out’ spots include small coffee shops and book stores. She loves reading and is a ‘snob’ when it comes to books as she still prefers turning the real pages of real books. She likes to travel and learn about different peoples and their cultures . However, her consuming passion is all things Rotary.

Bill Chase

Bill became a Rotarian back in Adrian, Michigan in 1973. He went on to be club president in 1983 and in 1989 was elected District Governor of District 6400.  He is currently a member of the Palm Springs Sunup Rotary Club. He served as its president in 2009. He is currently the Club Secretary.

His District 5330 positions have included being a Rotary Leadership Institute Facilitator, Assistant Governor, Executive Assistant Governor, and District Trainer. He was our District’s representative to the Council on Legislation in 2016 and chaired the Rotary World Peace Conference that same year.

He retired from dentistry after 40 years in the profession. Bill has completed 13 international humanitarian trips as a TRF volunteer dentist and wrote a book on his experiences in 2014 entitled, “In Chase of a Cause”. He is a Major Donor.

 

Michael Drake

Michael is a charter member of the Rotary Club of Tucson Sunset,  chartered in 1983, and served as Club President in 1992-93. Michael has served Rotary District 5500 in many positions, including District Governor in 2011-12.  He currently is Chair of the District Rotary Foundation Committee. Michael was a member of D5500’s all Rotarian GSE team to the Russian Far East in 1998 and was team leader for the GSE team to Japan in 2007. He has participated in four Rotary Friendship Exchanges and traveled to India in 2005 to participate in a Polio National Immunization Day. He is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, member of Paul Harris Society, Major Donor, and Member of the Bequest Society.  Michael recently received the Service Above Self Award, Rotary International’s highest honor.  Fewer than 150 Awards are presented worldwide each year.   Michael graduated from Stanford University and the University of Arizona College of Law. He is past-president of the Pima County Bar Association and served 12 years as a Hearing Officer for the Arizona Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Commission. He currently practices personal injury law and civil litigation in Tucson.

 

John Goodrich

John is the founder of The Goodrich Financial Group, LLC, with Corporate offices located in San Diego, California. John joined Rotary almost 30 years ago in District 2750 in Tokyo Japan.  John has served in key leadership position including: Past President, 4 years as Asst. District Governor, Chief of Staff for Scott Carr, Southern California/Nevada PETS committee, District Community Service Chair, TRF Cadre auditor, as well as chairing various District events.  He is also active in the community serving as Past  Chairman of Investment Committee for Rotary Club of RB Foundation; past board member and current member of Rancho Bernardo Business Association; board member of SoCal Dictionary Project; past Grants Chairman of the RB Community Foundation and current  board member of the Escondido Community Foundation. Goodrich holds an MBA in Finance is a professional CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™  and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), additionally, Goodrich has been appointed to the FINRA dispute resolution Board of Arbitrators and sits on arbitration hearings for industry related disputes as an expert panelist. John and his wife Deborah live in Escondido and have 3 adult sons. Michael graduated from Stanford University and the University of Arizona College of Law. He is past-president of the Pima County Bar Association and served 12 years as a Hearing Officer for the Arizona Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Commission. He currently practices personal injury law and civil litigation in Tucson.

 

John Gutierrez

Roger  first joined Rotary in 1984 by invitation. Roger has been a Past President twice 1989—1990, and 2000-2001. He was honored in receiving Rotarian of the year by his respective clubs on three separate occasions. Has had the unique experience of having to close two clubs during his Rotary tenure (Irwindale & Foothills Sunrise). Roger has held several positions in District 5300 which include Assistant Governor 2010—2013. Executive Assistant Governor 2013—2015 and then took on the positions of Club Extension Chair 2015—2016 and Membership Chair 2016—2017.
Roger currently serves as Executive Assistant Governor 2017—2018 and will continue next year during John Chase’s year as Executive Assistant Governor all in Ca. East Region. Additionally Roger is consummating his Paul Harris Major Donner status this year.

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Wendy Hobbs

Wendy Hobbs has been in the financial industry since 1979 and started her independent financial planning practice in 1988.

She is a member and past president of the RC of Rincon (Tucson) in District 5500 and a past president of the RC of Oro Valley.  She is currently serving her third term as the District 5500 Executive Assistant Governor and has served in various club and District positions since joining Rotary in 1995.

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Greg O’Brien

Past District Governor Greg O’Brien (2016-17) is a retired Superior Court Judge and currently serves as a private mediator and arbitrator.  He is past president of the Rotary Club of Palos Verdes Peninsula 2012-13) and the Rotary Club of West Covina (1988-89) (District 5300).    In 2013 Greg led Rotary International’s first Vocational Training Team in Peace and Conflict Resolution to Istanbul, Turkey.  He has served as Senior Assistant Governor for Membership and as District Youth Protection Officer.  Greg is married to wife Carolyn and has three grown children and five grandchildren.  All of Greg and Carolyn’s children have participated in Rotary Youth Exchange as well as in West Covina Rotary’s annual “Hands Across the Border” program in International Service to Tijuana, Mexico.  His theme for his governor year was “Imagine Rotary.  Build it and they will come.”

David Saint-Amand

David Saint-Amand is a member and Past President of the Rotary Club of China Lake.  He is a Master PRLS Graduate and a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow.   He is a recipient of his club’s “Everett A. Long Rotarian of the Year” award, and the Rotary International “Rotary Volunteers” Certificate of Recognition.  He is a Past-Chair of the Rotary Club of China Lake Charitable Foundation, through which he personally funds an annual science and engineering memorial scholarship in honor of his Parents: Dr. Pierre and Mrs. Marie Saint-Amand.  David has a particular interest in eliminating the Polio virus as his mother was infected with it as a child.  To that end he created the “Big Change from Small Change” fundraising effort in order to cover his club’s annual contribution to the first matching grant of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  He raised over $6,000 for the Rotary PolioPlus program; which was then donated under his club’s name. David has served District 5240 every year for the past ten years; from a member of the “Future Vision Pilot District Committee,” to Executive Assistant Governor, and up to Chief Operating Officer for District Governor Jim Bell (2015-2016), and Chief of Staff for Governor John Weiss (2017-2018).

Dave Thorson

David Thorson is the immediate Past President of the Las Vegas Rotary Club (130+ members) and has served as Club Secretary and as a Club Director from 2012-2018. He is now the Assistant District Governor for Group 14 in District 5300. Professionally, David is currently the Center Director for the USO in Las Vegas where he is responsible for three USO Centers, development activities and a Pathfinder team that assists active duty military transition to civilian employment. He also serves on the board of directors for Nevada Trust Company and Trustar Corporation. Previously David managed his own consulting company where he provided interim C-Level services to several small and mid-size companies. Prior to that he held management and executive roles at Ford Motor Company and Hewlett-Packard, respectively, as well as executive roles at three start-up companies in operations, finance, marketing and sales. Throughout his career he has lived or worked in seven countries.