Local News: Schneider Receives District Governor’s Honor (7/4/22)
(Sentinel Photo by Beverly Van Buskirk) March Rotarian John Schneider, right, receives the District Governor’s pin from outgoing District Governor Doug Lind during a pin presentation ceremony at the recent District Governor’s Banquet. Rotary Club Le Mars.
LE MARS — Rotary Le Mars member John Schneider became the 2022-2023 governor of Rotary District 5610 during a pin presentation ceremony June 28 at the Rotary Club of Le Mars’ annual banquet at Willow Creek. Golf course.
On July 1, Schneider assumed the volunteer position of District Governor of Rotary International. As governor, he coordinates the community and international service projects of the 40 clubs in District 5610 encompassing all of South Dakota, northwestern Iowa, southwestern Minnesota and northeastern Nebraska. Schneider will serve until June 30, 2023 and will visit all Rotary clubs in the district during his year in office.
“It is an honor to begin my term as district governor by visiting every club in District 5610,” said Schneider. “Each club offers a unique set of experiences and goals for the year that adds a lot to the district as a whole, and I look forward to hearing about each club’s plan for the coming year.”
At the banquet, Schneider gave a PowerPoint presentation to introduce himself to attendees. This is one of the tools he will use when visiting clubs in the district.
Schneider is a fourth-generation farmer on his family farm in northwest Iowa near Le Mars. His great-grandfather emigrated from Denmark to settle on their century-old farm. He’s been raising pigs since he was 10 as a 4-H member, except for his years as a student at Iowa State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in farming and became a member of the social/professional Alpha Gamma Rho. fraternity. Growing up, he was active in the FFA in high school and was elected Vice President of the State FFA his senior year in high school.
In addition to his long career in hog production, Schneider served a term as a Plymouth County Supervisor. He has also spent most of the last 20 years in the banking industry as a farm loan officer and as a real estate appraiser.
Strong community involvement
Schneider has been a Rotarian for 35 years and values the opportunity to live his life through “Service Above Self”.
His community involvement extends beyond Rotary, including activities with the local chamber of commerce, economic development council, 50-year member of the Le Mars municipal band, church, historical museum, and organizations agricultural. He was President of Rotary Club Le Mars twice and for 10 years managed the club’s pharmacy ice cream shop at the Plymouth County Fair. He also served as Area 9 Assistant Governor and District Conference President in 2017.
Schneider and his wife, Carol, have a daughter and a son and five grandchildren, all of whom live in Iowa. They love to travel and visit places of historical interest, including railroad and model railroad sites.
A Commitment to Rotary
Schneider said that over the past 10 to 15 years, he has gone from being a Rotary member to being a Rotarian.
He said a big part of this trip was for him to understand the world of Rotary outside of the local club.
“They do fantastic things. Funds from The Rotary Foundation have helped the world eradicate polio,” he said.
There are seven focus areas: promoting peace; fight disease; providing clean water, sanitation and hygiene; saving mothers and children; supporting education; develop local economies (particularly in Third World countries); and protect the environment.
Bring ambitious goals
According to Schneider, recruiting members is an important aspect of growing Rotary clubs in communities.
“I think the most important thing in our district is recruiting members, and that also includes trying to help clubs survive,” he said. “For example, we have a club in Aberdeen that hasn’t met since COVID started, and we’re trying to get those people to meet and meet. We can’t do it for them, but we encourage them to come together.
He also plans to create the RotorAct clubs.
“The original focus was for young adults, college age to 30. Many of them were educational centers, at universities or colleges,” he said.
The district is working to start a RotorAct club in Augustana in Sioux Falls and reactivate those in Brookings and the School of Mines in Rapid City.
“COVID killed them because the kids couldn’t go to class, they couldn’t go to meetings either. So with active students graduating, we’re sort of starting all over again,” he said.
Rotary International also changed the rules last year, removing the age limit of 30, so younger members can now stay with the RotorAct Club.
“Before, it was at age 30 that you joined a Rotary club in your area,” Schneider said.
He added that it was important for the Rotary Club to be actively involved in its community.
He cited the Rock Valley Club which is very present in the community, as well as the Mapleton club which offers activities.
Grateful for leadership
Schneider has been involved in district activities for several years and credits his predecessor, Doug Lind, for training him well to serve as district governor.
“I trained for two full years. Fortunately, 2 and a half years ago, our district governor invited me to participate in district leadership meetings, as I was an assistant governor before that,” he said.
The Schneiders will begin their trips to clubs in South Dakota the first week of July.
Schneider is one of 535 Rotarians worldwide to serve as district governor this year. He was president and member of numerous committees of the Rotary Club Le Mars.