Governor Teams

Gary Smith
General Chair D6920

Gary was born and reared in Fitzgerald, Georgia where he continues to reside with his wife Sue.

He was graduated from Fitzgerald High School in 1967, Middle Georgia College in 1969, and the University of Georgia in 1971 where he attained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in Management. Following graduation he began his career in public service with the Ben Hill County Department of Family and Children Services as a caseworker. Gary became Director of the agency in 1986 and worked in that capacity until his retirement in 2003 serving the last 2 years of employment as Director of the Ben Hill and Irwin County agencies.

Gary was born and reared in Fitzgerald, Georgia where he continues to reside with his wife Sue.

He was graduated from Fitzgerald High School in 1967, Middle Georgia College in 1969, and the University of Georgia in 1971 where he attained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in Management. Following graduation he began his career in public service with the Ben Hill County Department of Family and Children Services as a caseworker. Gary became Director of the agency in 1986 and worked in that capacity until his retirement in 2003 serving the last 2 years of employment as Director of the Ben Hill and Irwin County agencies.

Gary’s community activities have included other civic organizations in the past. He has served on the board of Communities in Schools as member and chair and the Fitzgerald Downtown Development Authority as member and chair. He is currently serving his sixth four-year term as an elected member of the Ben Hill County Board of Education where he serves as its chairman. He also served on the Governor Nathan Deal’s Education Advisory Board and the Georgia School Board Rural Education Task Force.

Both Gary and Sue are active in the community being founding members of the Fitzgerald-Ben Hill County Historic Commission and founding members of Fellowship Baptist Church where they each hold various leadership roles and are members of the choir. They are also active in the local Habitat for Humanity chapter.

Gary became involved in the Rotary Club of Fitzgerald in 1996, served on the board of directors for two years, and served as club president in 2005 – 2006. He currently serves as club web-master, project director for the club’s End Meningitis Now campaign and club foundation and grants chair. He is a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow (15) and a Sustaining Member, a Will Watt Fellow and Sustaining Member. Sue is a Rotarian and a Paul Harris Fellow. He and Sue are Rotary Foundation Benefactors, members of the Bequest Society, members of the Paul Harris Society and Major Donors to the Rotary Foundation. He and Sue have honored all of their children and grandchildren with Paul Harris Fellowships. He was the recipient of the Fitzgerald Rotary Club’s Service Above Self Award for 2010 – 2011.

Gary has served District 6920 as an Assistant Governor for the years 2008 – 2011 and District Chair for Benefactor and Bequest Society for 2010 – 2011. He also served as the District’s Future Vision Chair and Annual Programs Fund Chair. He had the pleasure of serving as Governor of District 6920 for 2013 – 2104 during the 100-year anniversary of Rotary in the State of Georgia. He served as the District 6920 representative on the Host Organizing Committee for the 2017 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta; Zone 34 Rotary Has Heart Coordinator; Rotary International Director Advisory Council 2014 – 2016; 2016 – 2018; 2015 Zone Institute Chair of Registration and Information Desk. He currently serves as the District 6920 representative on the P.E.T.S. Executive Committee serving as chair of the committee 2018 – 2020.

Gary enjoys the Arts, listening to music, high school sports, University of Georgia Football, do-it-yourself projects, classic cars, and golf.

Gary and Sue were married in 1975 and have two sons and daughter who are married and four grandchildren.
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Cheryl Greenway
Co-Chair D6900

Cheryl joined the Roswell Rotary Club in 1994 and served as President for the 2005-2006 Rotary year. Prior to serving as President of the club, she held the officer positions of Secretary, Treasurer, and President Elect. Cheryl also held several committee positions including Chairman of the Aubrey Greenway Golf Tournament, the Club’s annual fund raiser. She has traveled and worked with other club members on three different international projects in Costa Rica.

As Club President, Cheryl led the club to the Best Club recognition as well as being individually awarded the District 6900 Sheffield Leadership Award. She is a Major Donor, Paul Harris Fellow, Paul Harris Society Member, Bequest Society Member, a Will Watt fellow, and a Hue Thomas Fellow.

As Club President, Cheryl led the club to the Best Club recognition as well as being individually awarded the District 6900 Sheffield Leadership Award. She is a Major Donor, Paul Harris Fellow, Paul Harris Society Member, Bequest Society Member, a Will Watt fellow, and a Hue Thomas Fellow.

Cheryl became involved at the District Level by coordinating the attendance of the District 6900 clubs at the international convention in Salt Lake City in 2007. She served as the awards chairman for 2007-2008 and was the District Treasurer from July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2011. Cheryl served as the co-conference chair for the 2016 District Conference. She also has completed the course work for RLI, is a RLI Discussion Leader and served as the RLI Director for District 6900 from 2013-2016. She has served on the Peach State PETS committee since 2014 and was the Chair of the committee for 2016-2018. Cheryl will be serving as the District 6900 Rotary Foundation Chair for 2019 to 2022.

Professionally, Cheryl is a CPA. Cheryl feels blessed to be a second generation Rotarian. Her father was in the Roswell Rotary club from the early 1960’s until his death in 1991. He was President of the Roswell club for 1976-1977. She loves traveling and reading. She used to do a lot of white water rafting. One of her most favorite vacations was white water rafting through the Grand Canyon.
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Gene Windham
Co-Chair D6910

Gene was born in Pembroke Georgia and grew up on the farm in Laurens County, GA. He graduated from Dublin high school. Gene joined the Navy shortly after high school graduation, became an electronics technician and volunteered for submarine service. He served on board the USS Thornback (SS 418) till he was Honorable Discharged.

After completing his naval service Gene attended Middle Georgia College receiving an AA in Business and then the University of Georgia where he received a Bachelor of Business Administration. He later received his Master of Business Administration with honors from the University of Georgia.

He spent 29 years as a banker serving as Regional Executive Vice President for the Tampa Bay area of Florida for Citizens and Southern National Bank. When C&S was acquired by in NCNB, becoming NationsBank., He completed his banking career as the executive in charge of NationsBank’s Private Bank in Florida. Upon completing his banking career he became a consultant to small and entrepreneurial businesses helping them achieve higher levels of success. Gene also operated a small venture capital firm until he joined his wife, Denise, in her financial services practice where they provided financial planning and investment products to help their clients achieve their financial goals.

Gene has been a Rotarian since 1984 and has maintained perfect attendance since he joined Rotary. He has served Rotary and many capacities; including Club Classification Chair, Club President, District Membership Director, District Services Director, District Disaster Relief Chair, Assistant District Gov., District Gov. of District 6910 (2010 – 2011) and District 6910 Rotary Leadership Institute District Director. He is currently Peach State PETs Co-Chair and the District 6910 Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust (CART) Chair.

He and his wife, Denise are Major Donor’s to The Rotary Foundation and Bequest Society Members. And he is a GRSP Will Watt Fellow.

He has also served Rotary beyond the district as a member of the Rotary International Director Nominating Committee, a member of the Zone Institute Registration Committee and is a member of the Board of Directors of the 2017 International Convention Host Organizing Committee.

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