Every successful Rotary district is comprised of strong people that are part of the district leadership team and it is no different in Rotary District 5300. This team includes the district governor, governor elect, and district governor nominee. These leaders along with past and future leaders that include assistant governors, district committee chairs, and past governors help our district thrive.
District Governor 2016-17, Luciano de Sylva
Luciano “Lu” de Sylva started his professional career as a businessman and has owned several successful businesses. Attracted to the idea of a career in service to others, Lu decided on the field of education and pursued graduate work to earn his teaching credential. He then taught at intermediate and high schools in Colorado before moving to California where he continued his career in school administration and academia. Always involved in the community and with a personal commitment to help others, Lu served as a reader for the blind, a Regional Program Evaluator for the United Fund and Chair of the Community Holiday Basket Program, which he brought to the Rotary Club as a partnership.
Lu joined Rotary in 1983 and has been actively involved at the Club and District level ever since. He served as President of the Rowland Heights Club in 1990-91 followed by a term as Governor’s Representative. Lu became a member of the Rotary Club of Walnut Valley in 1996 and served as President three times. He has also been Assistant Governor. District Club Service Chair, District Trainer, Foundation Mentor, 4-Way Speech Contest Chair, Rotaract Chair, and has served on the Ambassadorial Scholarship and Peace Conference Committees. A multiple Paul Harris Fellow, Lu enjoys Rotary travel and hands on service. In addition to continuous local community service activities, he has served on a Rotoplast Team to Guatemala in and distributed wheelchairs in Hermosillo and Guaymas Mexico. Lu and his sweetheart Hazel have been married for 35 years. They are committed to Rotary and look forward to the many opportunities that will be presented to be a gift to the world.
District Governor Elect 2017-18, Raghada Khoury
In 2001 Raghada graduated from the University of Redlands earning a Masters of Arts in Management with an emphasis in Human Resources. A Bachelors of Science program from the University of Phoenix preceded this.
Ms. Khoury has been in Real Estate Investment for the last 13 years. Licensed by the State of California to sell insurance specifically Pre-Need while contracting with Funeral Homes in Southern California. Raghada has served as the President of the Domestic Violence Shelter for Women and Children in the Victor Valley for over 5 years. Appointed to the Commission on the Status of Women where she served for 6 years advocating for the safety and prosperity of all women with a focus on youth leadership. She also served on the Town of Apple Valley Parks and Rec Commission and has served as a member of the Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for the past two years.
In her 9-year tenure, Raghada served as a club president and as a Board of Director for the Rotary Club of Apple Valley for the past 10 years.
At the District level, Raghada has served in various capacities such as AG, Exec-AG, District Grants Chair, 4 Way Test Speech Contest Chair, Governor’s Aide 2013-2014 and on many other District Committees.
Raghada is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow. Seeing is believing and that is why Raghada enjoys traveling and participating in hands on projects such as SuperBuild created by PDG Christine Montan in 2008.
District Governor Nominee 2018-19, John Chase
John and his wife, Elizabeth, were born and raised in the Midwest. They each graduated with an Associate Degree from Iowa Lakes Community College. Relocating to the Las Vegas area in 1990, Elizabeth began her career in the airline industry, and John started working as a police officer.
John continued his education graduating from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management and later with a Master of Business Administration. John and Elizabeth opened Amerisent Insurance – Boulder City, an independent insurance brokerage office, in 2011. John retired from the Boulder City Police Department in 2014 at the rank of Deputy Chief.
John and Elizabeth have two children, Ashley and Meghan, whom attend the University of Nevada, Reno. Both John and Elizabeth are active volunteers with many organizations such as Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada, for whom John was the Troop “Cookie Mom” for several years. John also served as president and charter member of the Friends of Boulder City Police Department; he is currently Board President of the Nevada Community Prevention Coalition and a past board member of the Las Vegas Boys and Girls Club to name a few.
John joined Rotary in 2001 as an opportunity to serve his community and found many years of unwavering support for him and his family. He is a two-‐time president of the Rotary Club of Boulder City, established in 1937. John has been Rotarian of Year four times, Executive Assistant Governor once, Assistant Governor three times, and RYLA Chair three times. He was also instrumental in the establishment of the District’s first Satellite Club.
John’s most memorable Rotary moments involve service to others with his children. Ashley, who was working on her Girl Scout Gold Award, went with John to India for a NID. Meghan, while working on her Girl Scout Gold Award, went with John to Xpujil, Mexico where they built water cisterns. Both trips were amazing opportunities for John and his girls to experience Rotary on an international scale while having a meaningful impact on the lives of others.
John has witnessed first-‐hand the importance of the family of Rotary and will strive to make that an important component of the 2018 – 2019 Rotary year, when he will honorably serve as your district governor.
District Governor Nominee Designate 2019-20, Luanne “Lu” Arredondo
A fourth-generation Rotarian, Luanne “Lu” Arredondo was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, raised on the family ranch in Corrales, New Mexico, and grew up the youngest daughter of 11 children. Paul Harris was often the focus of conversation at the dinner table – also a place where many of her life lessons about service to others originated. Luanne relocated to Southern California in 1989 where she would eventually meet and marry hubby Moises (aka “Moe”).
Luanne graduated summa cum laude with a double Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and biology from the University of New Mexico. She went on to graduate magna cum laude with a double masters in finance and business administration from California State University, Los Angeles, specializing in change management. After 15 years of working at the executive level with Fortune 50 organizations, Luanne opened LA Business Consultants, LLC in 2005, growing it from a small one person office into an international film, finance, and change management organization.
Luanne believes that we honor our blessings by giving of ourselves to those who need us most. She belongs to several organizations in her local community, including service as a commissioner on the Community and Senior Services Commission for West Covina.
Luanne joined Rotary in March 2010 to continue the legacy of Rotary service in her family. Serving as a two-term president, Luanne and the Rotary Club of West Covina Sunrise earned the coveted Governors Bell Award, and she received Rotary International’s recognition as Rotarian of the Year. Luanne has served in several posts at the club level including public relations, website administrator, co-treasurer, club secretary, Interact liaison, and member of the board of directors. At the District level Luanne has served as PR chair, international projects co-chair, district conference chair, assistant governor, community outreach chair, peace conference administrator, and trainer.
When not busy at work or in service to others, Luanne and Moises enjoy spending time with their three children, Josh (age 30), Zack (age 28), and Bryan (age 16). They enjoy camping, fishing, back-yard BBQ, softball, and board games. For Luanne and Moe Rotary is more than just a passion for humanitarianism and doing good in the world. It is an organization that recognizes the value of family and the impact we have when we work together.
Luanne’s greatest inspiration comes from the work and efforts of fellow Rotarians and their families. She believes that our successes toward eradicating polio, creating peace in the world, eliminating inequities, and developing a better world for our youth begin with the sincere goodness in our hearts and simple random acts of kindness. Luanne looks forward to proudly and humbly serving as your District Governor in 2019-2020.