Message from DG Mike Groom and Chair of the District 5830 Nominating Committee, IPDG Jack Welge
Congratulations to Jeff Johnston, Past President of the South Tyler Rotary Club who has been selected by the District 5830 Nominating Committee as District Governor Nominee Designate.  He has been selected to serve during the 2024-2025 Rotary Year.
Pursuant to the District’s Bylaws, specifically Article II – District 5830 Committees, the Nomination of Jeff Johnston will be held until September 30th to permit any challenges or re-nominations and will thereafter become final at midnight on September 30, 2021.
Jeff has been an active member of Rotary since the mid-80's and has been a member in Rotary Clubs in Texas, Tennessee and Florida.   Jeff was the 2020-21 Disaster Relief Chair for District 5830 and has helped facilitate many District 5830 Visionary "club workshops and planning meetings" over the past three years.   Jeff serves on the Advisory Boards of the Tyler Chamber of Commerce,  East Texas Food Bank, Tyler Salvation Army, East Texas Restaurant Association and Smith County Children's Advocacy Center.  Jeff is very active in the Greater Tyler Community and works extensively with Smith County Emergency Response Leadership (Tyler Police, Tyler Fire, Smith County Sheriff, and UT Health EMS) to improve communication and service.     
Jeff and Debra met in High School (Texarkana Arkansas Senior High) and have been married since 1976.   They are active members of Green Acres Baptist Church, where Jeff serves as a Deacon.   Jeff and Debra have one daughter (Melissa), who works as a Speech Language Pathologist in the Lewisville, TX school system with her husband (Jeff) who is an Assistant Principal.    Jeff and Debra are proud grandparents to Sadie (age 9) and Camden (age 8).   
District 5830 sincerely thanks the Nominating Committee for their service.  This year’s committee was composed of IPDG Jack Welge, PDG Jim Finstrom, PDG Judie Guthrie, PDG Ted Huffhines, PDG Lee Montgomery, PP Alex Fowzer - Paris United Rotary Club, PP Keri Vance - Carthage Rotary Club and PP Mike Moore - Cedar Creek Lake Rotary Club.