Governor Teams

Gene Windham
General 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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Court Dowis
Co-Chair D6900

Court Dowis has been a member of the Rotary Club of Harris County since the fall of 2000. He served in almost every club position before becoming the President for the 2007-08 Rotary year. He was presented the Sheffield Award for Leadership. He is also a Paul Harris Fellow, a Paul Harris Society member, Major Donor, Benefactor, and a level 3 Bequest Society member. One of his proudest accomplishments is a continuing service project building handicap ramps for those in need.

 

He has served beyond the club level as well. In addition to serving as District Governor, he has been an Assistant Governor, District Vocational Chair, Foundation Annual Giving Chair and as a PETS facilitator and member of the District Training Team. Currently, he is serving as the AARFC (Assistant Area Rotary Foundation Coordinator) for Zone 34 in Georgia. But he is more than just a Rotarian. He serves his community including time as the Chair of the Harris County Chamber of Commerce, FOCUS, and as a Boy Scout Aviation Eagle instructor. Court and his wife Annette, live on site at their family-owned resort, Pine Mountain Club Chalets located near Callaway Gardens in Pin Mountain, GA. The 65-acre family-friendly resort destination has over 100 chalets/cabins for vacationers. Court is the second generation to serve as President, following his parents, Courson and Gussie Dowis, who started the development 45 years. Ago. Annette and Court have four grown children and five grandchildren that all live nearby. When he isn’t volunteering, handling vacationers or spending time with his family, he enjoys flying airplanes and racing formula sports cars!

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Gary Smith
Co-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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